Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck: Which Is the Safest Option?

Our body shape and size experiences many changes when we lose or gain weight, age, or give birth. These changes are more evident in skin, fat, and muscles.

When experiencing massive weight loss, the main change affects the skin and fat leaving excess sagging skin and stretch marks. Similar changes can occur after pregnancy; however, these mainly affect the abdomen, which deflates after giving birth. This leaves the woman with saggy skin, stretch marks, possible excess fat, and excessive weakness in the abdominal muscles.

Ever Wondered About the Tummy Tuck Procedure?

The tummy tuck is a procedure in which we tighten the skin by excising the excess surgically. This changes the position of the umbilicus to a lower point and tightens the abdominal muscles. This can take place with or without liposuction of the fat in the abdomen and love handles.

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The process involved with a tummy tuck procedure.

We lift the abdominal skin, cutting blood vessels and fibrous tissues to be able to pull it downward, creating a very tight stomach. This procedure carries with it a risk of bleeding, which requires a surgeon with good experience who can stop the bleeding and lessen adverse risks.

When we lift the skin off the abdominal wall up to the chest cage, the space created is at risk of being filled by blood or fluids during recovery. This condition is called Seroma, and it can be avoided by progressive internal stitches to close what we call it dead space.

In the case of stretch marks, we cut to stitch the skin to the lower incision, which can be too tight and lead to one of two problems:

  1. A thick ugly scar called a hypertrophic scar
  2. Skin that is not fixed to the underlying fascia causing scar migration (a higher than typical scar)

The tummy tuck can lead to other serious risks, including infection, skin necrosis (especially in smokers), and deep vein thrombosis or clots in the lungs as complications of general anesthesia.

All of the Important Things to Know About Liposuction

The liposuction procedure can be performed under general or local anesthesia. The skin incision is about 2-3mm (vs. the tummy tuck incision of about 20cm) and is performed using a suction cannula. This tool makes tracks under the skin without lifting the skin off the supporting tissues. I tummy tuck we lift the skin flap away from the muscle underneath, which is more invasive.

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Performed using a suction cannula, liposuction involves tracks under the skin without lifting the skin off the supporting tissues.

The recovery time for liposuction is around 1-2 weeks depending on the number of areas treated and the amount of fat removed. The tummy tuck recovery period is from 6-8 weeks.

In conclusion, the tummy tuck is much more invasive, requires more downtime, and carries more risk.

Wondering Which Procedure Is Best for You?

Speak to the team at Chelsea Cosmetics, who can assess your situation and determine which procedure will help you achieve your body goals.

We work closely with you and provide all of the necessary information to ensure you are entirely comfortable with everything before moving forward. You will feel safe in our trustworthy hands.


Meet The Author - Dr Mark Attalla

Dr. Mark Attalla is a dedicated Cosmetic Surgeon with years of experience in cosmetic surgery. He is continuing interest in cutting edge technologies. Dr Attalla has completed his MBBSa from Alexandria University of Egypt in 1987 then completed his general surgery training in a teaching hospital in Egypt. After completing his Master Degree in General Surgery, he then made the decision to move to Australia where he had his intensive training in various types of cosmetic surgery procedures guided by best cosmetic surgeons from Australia and overseas.

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