Mommy Makeover Series: Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction

Pregnancy changes everybody, but it doesn’t affect every body in the same ways. One of the areas where this is really apparent is the abdominal area. Stretch marks, excess fat, muscle separation, and loose skin are all common. Women may have one of these issues, or all of them, in varying degrees. A customized approach is essential to achieve your best results.
Get your belly back after pregnancy with plastic surgery. Today, we’ll discuss two of the most popular abdominal shaping options, the tummy tuck and liposuction.

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that restores a flattened abdominal appearance. It is often included in a mommy makeover. During the surgery, a long incision is made from hip to hip. The incision is low, typically below the bikini line. Excess skin and fat are removed, abdominal muscles are tightened, and the belly button is repositioned if needed. Since a tummy tuck removes skin, it also removes stretch marks, but not always all of them.

What Is Liposuction?

Many women develop stubborn pockets of unwanted fat during pregnancy. The abdominal area is a common site for this fat. Post-pregnancy can be diet and exercise resistant, making it very difficult to lose through your own efforts. Liposuction removes this fat using suction. It shapes, contours, and perfects your shape. Liposuction can be performed on many areas including the abdomen, waist, and thighs.
In addition to surgical liposuction, we offer non-surgical fat removal treatments like CoolSculpting.

Tummy Tuck or Liposuction- What Procedure Should I Choose?

Both liposuction and the tummy tuck have benefits. We’ll help you choose the best fit for your situation. Many women opt to include both procedures in their mommy makeover.
• Tummy Tuck Alone- Choose a tummy tuck if you have loose, stretched out skin and abdominal separation, but little excess fat. This is ideal for women that are at their goal weight, but stuck with a permanent post-pregnancy pooch.
• Liposuction Alone- If you have taut, tight skin, and excess fat, opt for liposuction. Patients should be close to their ideal weight and struggling with isolated fat pockets. Liposuction can be used to restore youthful contours on the waist and abdomen. Liposuction will not tighten skin.
• Tummy Tuck + Liposuction- A tummy tuck/liposuction combo is best for patients with excess fat and loose skin.

If you look pregnant, even when you’re not, you may need a little plastic surgery to restore your body to its pre-pregnancy shape. Call today and book your mommy makeover consultation with Dr. Tehrani.

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