A tummy tuck, otherwise known as an abdominoplasty, and a liposuction may seem alike to many people but there are stark differences between the two procedures. It s important to highlights each procedure in order to fully understand the extent of each. An abdominoplasty is actually a major surgery in which a long incision is made in the abdominal region in order to access the excess skin and tissue that is bothering the patient. Basically the operation requires the manual removal of these in order for the doctor and the patient to achieve success in terms of altered appearances. On the other hand, liposuction is a cosmetic procedure in which fat is removed from specific areas of the body, not just on the abdominal area. There can be several sessions for this depending on how overweight a person is and how much he or she wants to lose. A small incision is made around the area where the fat is to be removed and a slim rod or tube is inserted into the small incisions. An in and out motion using the rod through the opening facilitates the removal of the fat, which has been previously liquefied.
The main difference between the two procedures is actually the substance that the surgeon takes out. For a tummy tuck, the surgeon takes out excess skin and tissue which may be the result of weight loss. In liposuction, fat is removed from the patient to help facilitate weight loss. Another difference is the application of the operation in which an abdominoplasty usually requires longer and bigger incisions while the other one has incisions which just accommodate the rod.
A tummy tuck is a major undertaking which requires general anesthesia and perhaps an overnight stay in the hospital for observation. The overnight stay is one of the benefits of this surgery because it means that the patient can be watched over by medical professionals instead of going home to an empty house or to the care of family. Any emergency after the surgery can be dealt with better in the hospital or clinic with the necessary equipment and medication on hand. Another advantage of getting an abdominoplasty is that there is little possibility of the fat deposits occurring again in just a few years. This is because the skin and tissue is taut enough and may take several years of eating the wrong kinds of food before a bulge develops again. The tummy tuck also presents a satisfactory result in just a few days after the procedure. As soon as the swelling and the bruising goes down, the outward appearance of the patient will be very satisfactory. Scarring may occur but this will eventually fade away and be less noticeable after a few years. Liposuction basically leaves a loose skin flaps in the area where fat has been removed. Although, the skin and tissues underneath should tighten up after several years, there needs to be some exercising and dieting in order to get rid of the excess skin. Of course, one course of action for those who have just had liposuction is to have a tummy tuck.