Dr. Dan Shapiro is a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He has been practicing cosmetic or aesthetic plastic surgery in the Scottsdale Paradise Valley area since 1992 and all he performs is cosmetic or aesthetic plastic surgery.
A lot of people come in for consultations regarding their abdomen and their flanks, if you will. These patients vary in different ages and people want to know, “Doctor Shapiro, what is the difference and who is a candidate for abdominal liposuction versus a tummy tuck.” The best way to understand the difference between the two is to understand the techniques. Liposuction is performed by putting some fluid beneath the skin, allowing that fluid to sit for a while so it causes vasoconstriction so there’s less bruising and bleeding, and then a small cannula, a small tube is placed beneath the skin and that fat is evacuated.
It may seem like a simple thing but, in fact, there’s a lot of finesse that goes into that procedure in terms of contouring the body in an appropriate way, not removing too much fat. In certain cases where we want to stimulate some skin contractions to make the skin tighter, that is something we can do. Still, we’re always limited by the skin tone. To get a great result with liposuction, we need to temper, we need to balance the amount of fat that is removed with someone’s skin tone. If we take out too much fat and someone has some poor elasticity oftentimes we’ll have to go back and remove some extra skin.
When somebody we think has too much extra skin or has an abdomen that has poor elasticity and has fat that needs to be removed but still, we can’t do that without removing extra skin. That would be a candidate for a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty. Also, after changes in weight or after childbirth, the muscle wall of the abdomen will also loosen and that’s why people get a bulge that is refractory to attempts at exercise and weight loss. Only a tummy tuck can address that because with that procedure, we’ll make an incision very, very low, the abdominal wall is elevated, and then we sew the muscles very tight to give you a contoured abdomen.
Those changes cannot be addressed with liposuction. Liposuction is purely a contouring procedure and does not address the muscle wall. There are different types of tummy tucks, there is a mini tummy tuck that really just addresses the abdominal laxity, fullness, and bulges beneath the belly button, and then a full tummy tuck that addresses the whole abdomen. The recovery, we think, is a little bit different between the two. There is no incision with liposuction other than the small incisions where the tube is put in. Hence, the recovery, we think, is easier. Still, it takes a while to see that final result, up to six months or so, a tummy tuck has a longer incision so there are recovery from that. Also, oftentimes, we’ll have drains placed with a tummy tuck to evacuate any fluid that forms in the first week or so, so that will prolong the recovery.
Lastly, because those muscles are tightened on the inside, that adds some postoperative discomfort that we deal with with some pain medications, some muscle relaxants, etc.
For more information about finding the right surgeon to perform your abdominal liposuction, you can contact us by visiting our site http://www.shapiroplasticsurgery.com/ or contact us using the information below.
Shapiro Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Skin Klinic
5410 N. Scottsdale Rd. Building F-100
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
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