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Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck.This is an age-old plastic surgery question that both patients & surgeons have struggled with.  In except the most obvious cases, there is no one right answer for everyone.  There are many individualized factors that come in to play. Both liposuction and tummy tucks have their advantages and certain downsides.What is Liposuction? Simply put, liposuction is the suctioning of fat from the body.  Now it’s more complicated than that, as liposuction technique approaches an art form.  Removing fat in the right amount from the right areas to achieve body contouring, requires an artistic eye.   So liposuction is ideally suited to remove fatty deposits from around the body. The other lesser known effect of liposuction is skin tightening.  We routinely see at least 50% skin tightening after a liposuction procedure.  This is important, as the fat layer gets smaller we want the skin to follow along.  This is the basis of shrink-wrap liposuction.  There are several advanced liposuction techniques to try to achieve even more skin tightening.  They involve performing superficial liposuction, right under the skin to maximize the post-procedure skin retraction.  Laser Liposuction using Smartlipo can also be used to introduce heat which further tightens the skin. The best thing about liposuction is that it can be safely performed under local anesthesia.  There are no big incisions, just multiple small entrance points.  The patient can resume normal activity almost immediately and downtime is minimal.What is a Tummy Tuck? A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure mainly indicated to deal with loose skin and muscles of the abdomen.  In many women, the weight gain during pregnancy stretches out both the abdominal wall and skin.  This leads to droopy, protuberant belly.  The tummy tuck deals with this by removing the loose skin and tightening the abdominal wall.   The tummy tuck procedure requires a rather large incision below the bikini area.   The loose skin is then pulled down and the excess removed.  Usually this requires the belly button to be repositioned.  Deep stitches are then placed to sew the loose abdominal muscles together.   Liposuction can be combined with a tummy tuck for body contouring. The advantages of a tummy tuck is that it will leave you immediately with a flat abdomen, remove stretch marks and tighten your muscles.  It can be performed under local anesthesia, but usually, general anesthesia is required.  The downside includes the large scar, higher rate of complications, more downtime and limitations, a ‘surgical’ looking abdomen and added cost.So Liposuction Vs Tummy Tuck, which is right for me? If you have excess abdominal fat and no loose skin, liposuction is your best bet.  If you have mild loose skin that snaps back after tugging it, liposuction with targeted skin tightening will also work.  If you have a large apron of skin that has lost its elasticity or have had massive weight loss, a tummy tuck is required.   These are just generalized recommendations.  What is right for you depends on your amount of fat and loose skin, your tolerance for a scar and downtime, desired results and available funds.   This a where a plastic surgery consultation comes in, to help you assess your situation and give you options for liposuction vs tummy tuck.  Procedure     Liposuction     Tummy Tuck Anesthesia            Local Awake             General AsleepScars                      Small                         LargeResults                  1 Month                    ImmediateSkin Tightening  >50%                         100%Muscle repair      No                              YesStretch Marks     No                              YesDowntime           1 Week                       1 MonthCost                      $$                               $$$$ Mommy Makeover Of course, there are many other changes to a woman’s body during pregnancy besides her belly.  A mommy makeover can combine breast rejuvenation procedures like a breast augmentation and/or breast lift with a tummy tuck for decreased downtime and better overall results.Plastic Surgeon Austin TXDr. Staci Hix-Hernandez MD has 7 years experience performing complex abdominal wall and breast reconstructions at a major teaching hospital.  She brings her experience and talent to Beleza Medspa to provide cosmetic surgery services.  Make your free consultation with her now to discuss how liposuction vs tummy tuck can help you.More About Liposuction.More About Tummy Tucks.…

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Tummy Tuck SurgeryTummy tucks are popular procedures for patients who recently lost weight or went through childbirth only to find a pack of excess skin in the tummy area. There are several treatments designed to produce skin tightening, but when there is a drastic need like in many tummy tuck patients, non-surgical treatments are not enough to resolve the issue.There are some serious downsides to the traditional tummy tuck. The procedure is designed to reduce excess fat and skin as well as tighten the underlying muscles in the area. It is a procedure that addresses several issues but in doing so, produces a significant scar that generally spans from hip to hip and many patients are not comfortable with the size of the scar.Mini Tummy TuckThe mini tummy tuck, offered at Beleza Medspa, is a good alternative for patients who are not candidates for a full tummy tuck but need the skin tightening that comes with it. Generally, mini tummy tuck candidates have less skin to remove and do not need the structural work that is done in conjunction with a full tummy tuck. The benefits of the mini tummy tuck include a smaller, less noticeable and often lower scar. Another benefit is that the procedure can be done without a general anesthetic using an injected numbing solution and a mild oral sedative. Because only the skin is affected and the muscle under is left alone, most mini tummy tuck patients do not report high levels of pain during recovery.Liposuction Tummy TuckMany SmartLipo patients are opting in to a mini tummy tuck to enhance the effects of the SmartLipo procedure. Because SmartLipo addresses some skin laxity but cannot improve the look of drastically saggy skin, the mini tummy tuck is added to fill that need.Laser Tummy TuckHowever, many patients can have their loose skin addressed alone with a Laser Tummy Tuck.  The heat produced form the Smartlipo Laser can lead to a great deal of skin tightening.  The procedure can be repeated for even greater results.  The tummy tuck scar can be avoided altogether.When added to a SmartLipo procedure, the mini tummy tuck does not drastically raise the price and is a great option for moms who want to improve the look of saggy skin left over from pregnancy or patients who lost weight and want to show it off.Some patients are not ideal candidates for the mini tummy tuck and would benefit from Smart Lipo or a full tummy tuck. The best way to determine if the mini tummy tuck is right for you is to come in for a free consultation so our staff can examine the area and make the best recommendation for your needs.Tummy Tuck Surgery CostLiposuction vs. Tummy Tuck…

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Is a Tummy Tuck the Right Decision for You?

Healthy weight loss can be great for your health, self-esteem, and appearance. But for some, shedding pounds quickly can lead to an excess of loose skin. The most popular option for dealing with the issues of excess skin from quick weight loss is an abodminoplasty, or a tummy tuck.A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that involves removing excess skin and tightening the abdominal muscles. In other words, a tummy tuck allows the rest of your body to catch up with your rapid weight loss. When an overweight individual loses a lot of weight–50 pounds or more–sometimes they reach their healthy weight, but are still not satisfied with their body. The sagging skin can still be detrimental to the individual’s self-esteem.For an individual who has lost a great deal of weight, getting a tummy tuck is often the last step of obtaining the slim figure that he or she feels comfortable in. If you think that a tummy tuck may be right for you, contact the professionals at Beleza Medical Spa today.…

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