SOURCE: San Diego Institute of Plastic Surgery

San Diego Institute of Plastic Surgery

December 22, 2015 13:14 ET

Tummy Tuck or Liposuction -- Which Procedure Is Right for You

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 22, 2015) - Dr. Antoine Hallak, a San Diego plastic surgeon, discusses a very common question regarding body contouring -- should I have a tummy tuck or liposuction? Patients pondering which of these two medical procedures might be most appropriate for their situation should understand the different applications for both. Whereas a tummy tuck is primarily concerned with the abdominal area, liposuction can be performed on any number of areas, including the chin, hips, thighs, stomach, the waist, and under the arms and breasts.

Difference between procedures

There is also a difference in how each of these medical procedures is carried out. A tummy tuck involves making a long incision above the pubic area, and after freeing the skin from the abdominal wall, the cosmetic surgeon pulls the abdominal muscles close together and stitches them into position. Any excess skin is removed, and the result is a much firmer abdominal wall, with a narrower waistline.

In liposuction, one or more areas of the body are re-contoured by removing excess deposits of fat. After making a tiny incision, a small tube is inserted, then pushed and pulled to break up the fat cells before having them suctioned out. Either a large syringe or a vacuum pump is used to accomplish the fat removal, and the patient is kept hydrated during the procedure, because fluids are often suctioned out along with fat cells.

Best candidates for each procedure

The best candidates for liposuction are people who are near normal body weight, but have pockets of fat in certain body areas that they would like to have removed to improve their appearance. They should enjoy general good physical and mental health, and age is not really a consideration.

Ideal tummy tuck patients are more often females whose abdominal muscles have been stretched several times through childbirth, and no longer retain the elasticity to recover afterward. Women who may still become pregnant should postpone tummy tuck surgery, because pregnancy could easily cause tightened abdominal wall muscles to separate again. The procedure can also be ideal for older patients who have lost elasticity in the abdominal area, and may even be somewhat obese.

About the San Diego Institute of Plastic Surgery

The San Diego Institute of Plastic Surgery is headed up by Dr. Antoine Hallak, a board-certified member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Hallak was trained in General Surgery in New York City before going to the McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he specialized in Plastic Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery. Following an extensive period of Plastic Surgery practice, Dr. Hallak returned to Southern California, where he has distinguished himself with numerous professional awards and honors.

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