Do I Need Liposuction or a Tummy Tuck?

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Serving Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin, and Nearby Nevada

Posted: October 30, 2020

Are you having trouble getting your pre-baby figure back? Do you wish that your abdominal area was slimmer and flatter? Have you stuck with a diet and exercise plan only to find that you didn’t see much improvement in your body shape?  

In these situations, body contouring can be an excellent way to achieve the desired result. But which procedure is right for you? Here are a few things to consider when choosing between liposuction and tummy tuck surgery.

Liposuction – Less Invasive and Perfect for Stubborn Fat

Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that removes excess fat and reshapes the treatment area. It can be a great option for women and men looking to achieve their body goals without the recovery of a tummy tuck. Perfect for tackling stubborn abdominal fat, liposuction can also address areas such as the hips, thighs, and arms.

Dr. Miller offers traditional liposuction and SmartLipo. SmartLipo offers the added benefits of tightening the skin and improving elasticity. However, in the case of significant skin laxity or a stretched abdominal wall, liposuction alone is not the best solution.

Tummy Tuck – Complete Solution for Excess Fat and Skin

Tummy tuck surgery reshapes the abdominal area to achieve slimmer contours. A tummy tuck is more invasive than liposuction, but it can offer more dramatic correction.

By removing excess skin and fat while tightening the abdominal muscles, tummy tuck surgery can correct a protruding stomach and leave the midsection better toned. It is a popular procedure for individuals who have had children or lost a significant amount of weight.

It can take weeks or even months to completely recover from tummy tuck surgery. A mini tummy tuck, which addresses the area from the waist to just below the belly button, has a shorter recovery.

Combining Liposuction and Tummy Tuck

Liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are effective on their own, however, some patients will see the greatest improvement from having both procedures. Liposuction is a great option for shaping while a tummy tuck can tighten muscles and address loose skin.

Let us help you find the right solution. Call 702-369-1001 to request a free consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Miller. We help men and women from Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin, and nearby areas in Nevada.

Stephen M. Miller, MD, PC, FACS
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