Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck: Which Is Right for Me?
Many individuals consider a slim, toned midsection a highly desired feature. Unfortunately, the stomach tends to hold on to excess deposits of fat, which makes it difficult for people to achieve the firm tummy they want, even if they eat a nutritious diet and maintain an active lifestyle.
At Dr. Gregory T. Mesna’s Minneapolis, MN, plastic surgery practice, he offers several body contouring treatments, including liposuction to target stubborn fat deposits. A tummy tuck is another popular treatment for the midsection. Dr. Mesna helps his patients consider liposuction vs. tummy tuck to determine which is best suited to their unique needs.
Liposuction is the surgical removal of fat. Liposuction can be performed on multiple areas of the body, but it is an especially common treatment for the stomach and midsection. During a liposuction procedure several small incisions are made around the treatment site. A long, thin tube called a cannula is inserted into these incisions. The cannula is moved in a back and forth motion to break up stubborn fat deposits. As the fat is liquified, it is suctioned from the body.
Dr. Mesna customizes each liposuction procedure to meet his patient’s specific needs. He precisely sculpts the midsection to provide the definition people desire while maintaining a natural appearance.
Tummy Tuck Treatment
Tummy tuck surgery is another option for sculpting the midsection. Like liposuction, tummy tuck treatment targets stubborn fat deposits from the stomach. However, a tummy tuck takes things a step further by eliminating excess skin as well. During a tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Mesna makes a long incision just above the pubic area. This incision is used to remove unwanted skin and fatty tissues, while granting access to the abdominal muscles so that they can be repaired.
Tummy tuck surgery can be customized to the degree of alterations that each patient requires. While a traditional tummy tuck addresses the entire midsection, patients may also consider a mini tummy tuck that focuses on the lower stomach, or an extended tummy tuck, which allows Dr. Mesna to further address love handles or fatty tissues from the back of the torso.
Considering Your Treatment Options
Both liposuction and tummy tuck surgery enhance the appearance of the midsection and create more pleasing body contours. While both procedures can be beneficial, it is important to consider which treatment is more suitable for each of our Minneapolis patients.
The most important considerations when determining if someone is a better candidate for a tummy tuck or liposuction are the degree of alterations needed, whether the patient is concerned with excess skin in addition to stubborn fat deposits, and the extent of skin elasticity the patient retains.
Contact Dr. Gregory T. Mesna
If you are struggling with excess fat or loose skin around the midsection, Dr. Gregory T. Mesna can help you determine if you may be an ideal candidate for liposuction or a tummy tuck. To schedule a personal consultation, send us a message online, or call our Minneapolis office at (952) 927-4556.