South Bay Plastic Surgery Logo

New You in the New Year: Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck vs Liposuction

For many people, January is the beginning of personal goal setting. We find our office filled with people who are ready to change their beauty routines or bodies. We love to see the results of these very personal resolutions. To assist in making this your best year yet, we have a range of fat removal and body sculpting options. In this post, we will go over some differences between procedures, such as a tummy tuck and liposuction, popular with our patients from Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, and Long Beach, CA.

Liposuction removes fat only and then relies on the skin’s elasticity to contract. Because our office uses ultrasound assisted liposuction for most patients, we are able to create a small incision leaving a very minimal scar. Ultrasound assisted lipoplasty (UAL) uses ultrasonic energy to liquefy fat before it is removed by suction. Because the fat is liquid at the time it is evacuated, removal is smoother and mechanically more efficient.

A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, removes the skin and the fat in the lower abdomen. It also repairs stretched and separated abdominal muscles that can create a perpetual tummy bulge. Because both skin and fat are removed, the incision (and scar) typically spans from hip bone to hip bone and there is a longer healing period. Tummy tucks are great for removing more tissue while liposuction is fantastic for contouring certain areas.

In addition to liposuction and abdominoplasty, our office offers a non-surgical fat removal option called CoolSculpting®. This technology works to freeze subcutaneous fat cells, which are then slowly absorbed and flushed out of the body. Slimming occurs gradually. During a single session the area treated can lose 20% of its fat cells.

Visit our online gallery of before-and-after photos to see some of the actual results by our exceptional plastic surgeons.

Whether you’re looking for something minimal or a more noticeable change, we have a body contouring option for you. If you’re interested in scheduling a consultation with one of our surgeons you can contact us online or call our office at (310) 784-0644 .

Leave a Reply

Fields marked with * are required.