Posted on 08 Feb 2018
The classic tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is the most aggressive option for getting a taut, flat, flab-free tummy. It’s suitable for both women and men, although it’s especially popular as part of the mommy makeover in conjunction with breast augmentation. Neaman Plastic Surgery is one of Oregon’s leading tummy tuck specialists. One of the most common questions is whether a tummy tuck or liposuction is the best approach for a patient’s flat-stomach goals. Many times, liposuction is utilized during a tummy tuck.
Liposuction is the removal of fat cells from a targeted area during surgery. A tummy tuck usually combines liposuction with the removal of excess belly skin. (However, not all tummy tucks require liposuction. In some cases, a patient simply has excess saggy skin and not excess fat). Combining liposuction and a tummy tuck is the best way to get immediate, incredible results that are often impossible with diet and exercise alone.
Everyone is born with a certain amount of fat cells and pre-determined fat distribution. With diet and exercise, fat cells can shrink, but they’ll never disappear. Liposuction physically removes fat cells in targeted areas, which can finally rid patients of stubborn and excess fat that won’t otherwise budge. However, fat loss is just part of what makes a flat tummy.
Excess skin can be caused by weight loss, pregnancy, or simply by age and genetics. A very slender person may have saggy, excess skin. Everyone’s skin is different and has various amounts of collagen and elastin that helps it “snap back” when it’s stretched out. Collagen and elastin wane with age. That’s why an elderly person can pinch the skin on their arm, and it lingers in that state for a moment before returning.
Tummy tuck procedures are just as unique as the patients. This technique does require a relatively long incision that can sometimes look like a cesarean scar. However, the length of the incision depends on how wide the target area is. Some people have saggy skin from side to side, while others have excess skin just in the center of their abdomen.
Recovery from a tummy tuck can take a few weeks. Recovery from liposuction can also be surprisingly a little tougher than many people think. There is often bruising following the procedure, and “liposuction massages” can be uncomfortable but are vital in order to “re-shape” the skin. However, for patients looking for the best, immediate results, tummy tucks can be life-changing. Call Neaman Cosmetic Surgery at 844-338-5445 to schedule a consultation.
Dr. Keith Neaman
Dr. Neaman is a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in surgical body contouring. He prides himself on being on the cutting edge of plastic surgery. He takes an informative approach to each consultation, and through open dialogue and communication, he helps his patients decide on a treatment plan that meets their needs.