Have you been working hard dieting and exercising to achieve a flatter stomach, but are still dissatisfied with the body you see in the mirror? Body contouring through either liposuction or a tummy tuck may be your best option. Let’s look at the difference between the two to see what’s right for you.
Tummy Tuck: The Basics
A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is the perfect procedure for patients who have sagging skin along with unwanted fat around the abdominal area. This may be caused by excessive weight loss or pregnancy which can stretch the skin as well as the underlying structures of the abdomen. During the tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Kim Edward Koger removes the excess skin and fat in the abdominal area and tightens the underlying muscles resulting in a flatter, firmer abdomen. Usually stretch marks as well as old scars will also be removed along with the excess skin. Liposuction can also be performed in adjacent areas like the hips and thighs, to further enhance the tummy tuck results.
Liposuction: The Basics
Liposuction, or “lipo,” has become a household name. This procedure is perfect for anyone who does not have a stretched out stomach due to weight loss or childbirth along with excess skin, and only has fatty fullness in the abdomen. During liposuction, Dr. Kim Edward Koger makes a small, inconspicuous incision and uses a tiny metal tube called a cannula, to pull fat from specific areas. Liposuction does not treat excess skin or stretch marks. Liposuction should not be considered a weight loss technique and the best candidates are within 25 lbs of their ideal body weight.
Liposuction can be used to remove stubborn pockets of fat that just won’t go away with diet and exercise from various parts of the body including the thighs, buttocks, stomach, hips, chin, knees, cheeks, neck and upper arms. Alternatively, Coolsculpting, an in office procedure, is also an option to treat stubborn areas of fat that requires no anesthesia or downtime.
Choosing between procedures can be confusing, especially if this is your first cosmetic procedure. We want to make sure all of your questions are answered. If you’re interested in learning more about a tummy tuck or liposuction procedure at Koger Cosmetic Clinic & Medspa, contact us today to schedule your consultation.