Are there reasonable alternatives to liposuction?
Excisional procedures like a tummy tuck may provide a better alternative. Dr. Shermak can help determine how you can best reach your goals.
Nonsurgical alternatives to liposuction such as CoolSculpting, heating or laser technologies performed in a lunchtime with no downtime cannot approximate the results you can achieve with liposuction in a single procedure for a single cost over a long period of time. Once the time and money required for nonsurgical liposuction alternatives are calculated, it is obvious that surgical liposuction offers a much better contouring solution over the long term at a reasonable cost and recovery.
Liposuction vs. tummy tuck – What’s the difference?
When patients come to see Dr. Shermak for abdominal contouring, the two broad categories considered for each patient include liposuction and tummy tuck.
Liposuction primarily treats the fatty layer of tissue under the skin. While liposuction may conservatively tighten skin, it does not reduce loose skin with stretch marks or after weight loss, and it certainly does not address muscle laxity. Liposuction is an optimal treatment for healthy individuals with localized excess fat in the neck, torso, arms, and thighs who desire minimal scars and maximal contour results.
A tummy tuck involves removal of excess or lax skin with tightening of weakened and/or bulging abdominal muscles, and lifting of a hanging or full pubis and inner thigh region – a more comprehensive contouring approach for the torso in those who need it.
In exchange for the dramatic result with a tummy tuck, there is a scar across the lower abdomen above the pubis (which is well hidden in undergarments and bathing suits) and oftentimes around the belly button. These scars fade over time and are optimized with advice from Dr. Shermak that encompass the first year after surgery. Liposuction may be performed as an adjunctive procedure to a tummy tuck to more globally improve contour.