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Liposuction or Tummy Tuck: How to Choose Which is Right For You

When you make the decision to tweak your physique, you want to make sure you choose the right procedure to get the results you want. Many men and women choose liposuction and tummy tucks to remove excess fat, repair sagging skin, and get a flatter stomach. The question is, which one is right for you?

Here at Peak Plastic Surgery, Dr. Eric Barker offers both tummy tucks and liposuction. Read on to see which one might fit your aesthetic goals.

All about liposuction

Fat removal

Liposuction permanently removes stubborn pockets of fat cells from targeted areas of your body. Areas that can be treated include your abdomen, buttocks, thighs, upper arms, and chin.

Skin tightening

Liposuction gets rid of fat, but it doesn’t tighten skin.

Recovery time

With liposuction, you can expect the recovery time to be shorter than it would be with a tummy tuck.  With a liposuction treatment, many patients return to work in a few days, and most of the swelling goes away in about four weeks. Furthermore, scarring is usually minimal.

All about tummy tucks

Fat removal

A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat from your middle and lower abdomen. Furthermore, if you have weak or separated abdominal muscles, the surgery can tighten them to rid you of a tummy bulge. With a tummy tuck, you get a flatter, more toned abdomen.

Skin tightening

If you have sagging skin from major weight loss or pregnancy, a tummy tuck can address it. A tummy tuck can remove excess skin and give you a taut belly.

Recover time

A tummy tuck requires a longer recovery time than a liposuction procedure. It can take weeks or months to fully recover. And you may not see your final results for up to four months after surgery when swelling finally resolves. You may also have a scar that extends from hip to hip. The scar will fade with time, but it will always be present.

How to decide

When determining which procedure is right for you, talk to Dr. Barker about your aesthetic concerns. Whether you’re concerned about excess fat, excess skin, or weakened muscles, he can evaluate your condition and go over your options. You’ll undergo a thorough physical exam to ensure you’re in good enough health to undergo either procedure.

Regardless of which procedure you decide is right for you, Dr. Barker will be with you every step of the way. To learn more, book an appointment by calling the office at (720) 279-8002 or requesting a consultation online.

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