Liposuction and tummy tuck are two words related with each other in a way that they both reduce fats. Liposuction only removes fats while tummy tuck can remove excess fats and skin.
Liposuction is removing fats from various parts of the body using a cannula to suck fats. There are many procedures on how to perform liposuction. After the procedure has been performed the most common effects of undergoing liposuction are bruising and swelling due to incisions made, hematoma and seroma due to improper cleaning after the procedure, and skin injury due to the stress it went under to. The major effects of liposuction are: infections, skin discoloration, infections, nerve damage, fibrosis and necrosis, burns, laxity and even death. However there are benefits that a patient can get in undergoing liposuction such as: permanent removal of fat, better contour, tightened skin, boosts confidence. To be a candidate of liposuction you must be healthy, non –smoker, have excess fats in various parts of the body and have positive belief in the outcome of the procedure.
Tummy tuck is also a surgical procedure that aims to remove excess fats and skin under the abdomen. Women with multiple pregnancies are the common patients of this procedure. But this procedure does not cure stretch marks however it can still reduce it at some areas. Before you can be qualified for this procedure, you must be healthy, for 2 to 3 weeks you must not have smoked, drank alcoholic beverages, taken medicine like aspirin, heparin and coumadin, valum, prohibited drugs, undergone medications. This is because healing will be delayed if you have been into these situations before you indulge in tummy tuck. An evaluation of your health will be took place before the procedure. Your surgeon will examine your abdomen, skin tone and the degree of loose skin, amount of excess fats and the condition of your abdominal muscle.
In tummy tuck incisions are made just above the pubic area. The length of the incision depends on the amount of skin to be removed. In case of loose skin above the navel, another incision is made around the navel to pull down the redundant skin. Stretch marks on the lower abdomen may be removed and some would just improve. Some of the risks associated with tummy tuck are tissue loss, bleeding, infection and reactions to anesthesia. Recovery from the stress and from the procedure itself will depend on the extent of procedure done in your abdomen. A patient is required not to do strenuous work after the procedure however he/she may go back to his/her normal activities after one to three weeks.
Liposuction and tummy tuck have the same goal of contouring the body. Both have risks associated with them and both offers positive effects on the life of the patient.