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Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck: Which Procedure to Choose?

Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck: Which Procedure to Choose?

One of the harder aesthetic achievements for any body type is a flat-toned stomach even when a quality diet or regular exercise is maintained. Cosmetic surgery can help with this via a tummy tuck or liposuction procedures; however, many people are confused as to which option is best positioned to help achieve the look they desire?

For a definitive answer, it’s best to book a consultation with Dr. Yunaev at the Breast and Body Clinic to assess your situation and goals. Today, however, let’s delve a little deeper into the two procedures to help with your decision.

What Can I Do About My Stomach Fat?

The decision for choosing to undergo a tummy tuck or liposuction surgery could come as a result of child-bearing or obesity. Some people, both men and women, just have a genetically determined poor distribution of fat. These situations make it hard to achieve a flat stomach through the recommended ways of proper diet and exercise.

Once you have tried those options and have seen little to no change, you may wish to consider a cosmetic surgery option which would usually come in the form of a liposuction or tummy tuck procedure.

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Is The Liposuction Procedure the One I Should Choose?

Liposuction targets excess or stubborn pockets of fat. It is not a substitute for weight loss, more a way to contour the areas that have been unaffected by diet and exercise. If this sounds like your situation, you may be best suited for a liposuction procedure.

Those with good skin tone and a flat abdominal wall will often be recommended the liposuction procedure, especially if they do not have a history of significant weight loss.

Remember, liposuction is more about sculpting than removal, and liposuction is best suited for the abdomen, hips, waistline, thighs, and arms areas.

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The before and after results of a liposuction procedure, best for healthy people with firm, elastic skin.

Is Tummy Tuck the Procedure for Me?

The tummy tuck procedure is better suited when the abdominal skin or wall is stretched or loose. By creating an incision from hip to hip, the skin and fat are lifted, pulled down and removed, tightening the abdominal wall.

Depending on the situation, it is not uncommon for liposuction to be used in conjunction with a tummy tuck to create a more in-depth contour.

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The before and after results of the tummy tuck procedure as performed by Dr. Yunaev.

What is the Recovery Process Like for these Procedures?

It is reasonable that if you are considering one of these procedures, you would also want to consider the recovery process required.

In the case of liposuction, which is classed as an outpatient procedure, you will only need to restrict activities for around 48 hours, slightly longer for heavy weight lifting and extensive cardio.

The tummy tuck procedure is a little more involved. You will be able to walk after a day or so, but it can often take around six weeks to heal fully.

Which Procedure Should You Choose?

The primary goal of both these procedures is similar; however the processes are vastly different. This is simply not a decision you can make on your own, and it is strongly recommended that you book a consultation with Dr. Yunaev at Breast and Body Clinic to get the definitive answer.

Dr. Yunaev will assess your situation, discuss your goals and options, and together, you will reach the best way to move forward towards a flatter stomach.

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  • Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck: Which Procedure to Choose?
  • Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck: Which Procedure to Choose?
  • Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck: Which Procedure to Choose?
  • Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck: Which Procedure to Choose?

“My team and I are committed to tailoring a personalised approach to you and your concerns so that you may benefit from our expertise and we can meet your expectations.” Dr Michael Yunaev
MS (Breast Surgery), BreastSurgANZ Breast Fellow, Aesthetic Breast and Body Fellow, FRACS (General Surgery), MPH, BMedSc (Hons).