Tummy Tuck, a Mini Tummy Tuck or Liposuction?

If you’re unhappy with your abdominal area, you’re not alone. It’s a common complaint, especially for women that have had children.

But how do you know if you need Liposuction or a Tummy Tuck procedure?

Firstly, it’s important to understand what each of these surgeries involves and for which circumstances they are most suitable for. A Tummy Tuck, or Abdominoplasty, is ideal when sagging or loose skin around the belly area is a problem. This can arise post-pregnancy, post-menopause or after significant weight loss. The belly area can be difficult to get into shape even with exercise and a healthy diet.

No amount of sit-ups, unfortunately, will remove unsightly excess skin. No amount of pilates will repair torn abdominal muscles and damaged tissues. This requires a surgical repair, often included with a full Tummy Tuck by a qualified Plastic Surgeon who spends adequate time on the procedure.

Tummy Tuck Surgery is an effective option to define your waist better, flatten and tighten your stomach area, to contour your abdominal area and improve your shape — as well as remove excess skin.

The operation itself is done under a general anaesthetic, and you will be informed of detailed post-op instructions to maximise the benefits of your procedure. If you need a Tummy Tuck to get the best results, it’s important to allow adequate recovery time and to recognise there will be a scar. Healing can take several weeks, and several months before you can resume full activities —  so you’ll want to plan for your surgery and recovery time.

There are different Tummy Tucks, and it’s important to be clear with your plastic surgeon about precisely what your procedure will involve. Quinn Plastic Surgery Perth is top abdominoplasty clinic who offer complete Tummy Tuck procedures that include abdominal muscle repair surgery, as well as the removal of the excess skin, folds around the abdominal area, which can lead to a better result for patients with excess skin folds, torn abdominal muscle or sagging skin post-pregnancy. Typically, this procedure yields better results than surgery that involves only the removal of the skin ‘apron’ or body fat by liposuction.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A Mini Tummy Tuck is the surgical removal of excess skin around the tummy, below or above the naval. This does not normally involve repair of the abdominal muscle. A Tummy Tuck is NOT ideal for you if you plan to have additional children post-surgery or if for some reason it won’t be possible for you to maintain a stable weight following your operation. So be sure to ask if you’re a suitable candidate — and think ahead to how you will manage your weight stability over the longer term — for best results.

Liposuction

Liposuction is ideal for the removal of subcutaneous fat in specific areas of the body. This is not at all limited to the abdominal area, and Liposuction can be effective in several areas of the body where there are stubborn fat deposits, including, arms, thighs or buttocks. Importantly, it is this contouring and reshaping of the body that is the primary goal of Liposuction, not the removal of fat.

When deciding which procedure is right for you, it is important to recognise that neither a Tummy Tuck nor Liposuction is a replacement for a healthy lifestyle, exercise and good nutrition.