Liposuction Vs. Tummy Tuck in Toronto – Which is Best For You?
The procedures are actually very different
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Many patients looking to have a flatter stomach are curious what the difference is between liposuction and a tummy tuck, and which one is right for them.
Although both procedures can create a tighter, more toned midsection, the procedures are actually very different. To find out which is best for you, it is a good starting point to first understand what exactly both procedures entail. A Toronto tummy tuck is a surgery performed under general anesthesia where excess skin and fat are removed from the abdominal area. In the procedure, a long incision is made from hip to hip and around the belly button to allow the surgeon access to trim the excess skin and tighten up abdominal muscles. The remaining skin is then pulled tight and re-draped across the abdomen to reveal a smoother and tighter stomach.
Given how this procedure works, it is typically best suited for those who are looking to address loose skin and stretched muscles rather than fat. This is why many candidates for tummy tucks in Toronto are women who have experienced stretched skin and muscle after going through pregnancy or weight loss. Liposuction, on the other hand is a procedure that aims to remove stubborn fatty deposits that have been unresponsive to diet and exercise.The procedure is generally much less invasive than a tummy tuck as skin is not removed.
Although liposuction is an effective means to remove fatty deposits, it is important to understand that it is not a weight-loss tool. Rather it is suitable for body contouring and increasing definition in the areas it is employed. The typical candidate for liposuction is one who has firm skin and muscle tone that has not yet been loosened and weakened. In many cases, they are both performed in conjunction in order to remove fatty deposits and improve the abdominal contour. This is usually a great option for those who reduce the appearance of a muffin top or love handles as a result of their procedure.
The recovery period
When it comes to the recovery period, the length for either surgery patient is fairly similar. Most patients are advised to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting following a tummy tuck in Toronto for around 4 weeks. This is also the case following liposuction as these activities can increase the risk of bruising, bleeding, and compromising the end results. Although they are both highly effective body contouring procedures, it is important to get to the root of exactly what issues you are looking to address when determining which procedure is right for you. The best starting point is to consult with a plastic surgeon that can assess your case and help determine the best course of action. Broadly speaking, patients who come in looking to get rid of excess skin or tighten up abdominal muscles following childbirth or weight loss, are typically best suited to a tummy tuck. Whereas those who are looking to improve isolated areas are better suited to liposuction.
To consult with one of the top plastic surgeons in Toronto about which procedure is right for you, we welcome you to contact our clinic and set up a private consultation with Dr. Golger. A highly skilled and recognized plastic surgeon, with years of experience under his belt performing both procedures, he can execute a thorough assessment to help determine which procedure is right for you.