The stomach region can be a source of trouble for many patients, especially those who have been following a healthy diet and exercise regimen with no results. Genetics, aging, and pregnancy can all contribute to creating a stomach pooch that might require a little extra help to contour.
If you’ve been having a tough time targeting a tummy pooch, there are two plastic surgery procedures that might be able to help: Abdominoplasty and Liposuction. Both procedures are excellent solutions for healthy candidates looking to streamline their abdominal region.
But what are the key differences between the two – and which one is right for you? Let’s take a look:
Abdominoplasty: An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that repairs and tightens damaged abdominal muscles (usually caused by pregnancy). After repairing the abdominal wall, your plastic surgeon may also remove some fat and trim off excess skin, which helps create a more contoured appearance. Recovery time for a tummy tuck is about two weeks.
An abdominoplasty procedure is an excellent solution for patients who may want to contour the stomach but have skin laxity issues.
Liposuction: This surgical procedure involves manually removing excess fat tissue that isn’t responding to diet or exercise. During this procedure, your plastic surgeon will make a small incision along the bikini line (which helps hide scars). A small cannula will be fed through the incision and used to manually break up fat, or, in cases of laser-assisted liposuction, liquefy the fat. Recovery time for liposuction is around 5 to 7 days.
Liposuction is a good option for patients who may want to fit better into their clothing and aren’t worried about skin laxity issues or stretch marks.
Not sure which stomach contouring procedure is right for you? Schedule your consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Edwin Pittman and Dr. Liana Lugo at Pittman Plastic Surgery in Athens, GA. Pittman Plastic Surgery is a full practice plastic surgery center that serves the Athens area