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Abdominal Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck

By David Passaretti, MD on June 08, 2017


Close-up of a patient’s tight, toned abdomen after tummy tuck surgeryAt the practice of board-certified plastic surgeon David Passaretti, MD, FACS, we offer a comprehensive range of body contouring procedures of the highest quality in order to serve the diverse needs of as many patients as possible. Dr. Passaretti takes the time to listen to the goals of each patient so that he can customize each procedure to his or her unique needs. He explains each treatment option in depth during consultations so that patients can make informed decisions before deciding which procedure or combination of procedures will yield the best possible results in their individual cases.

One of the most common “problem” areas of the body is the abdominal region. Many of our patients come into our practice knowing that they want to improve the appearance of their abdomens, but unsure of which procedure is right for them. They’ve heard of both liposuction and tummy tuck surgery, but don’t truly understand the difference between the two. In fact, some patients believe that the procedures are one and the same.

In discussing abdominal liposuction vs. tummy tuck surgery during consultations at his Fairfield, CT plastic surgery practice, Dr. Passaretti informs patients that, while the two procedures serve similar purposes, they are actually quite different. He details how they are different and helps patients determine which surgery would best allow them to reach their unique cosmetic goals.

Is abdominal liposuction right for you? Or is tummy tuck surgery better suited to your particular needs and goals? To find out, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. David Passaretti today.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Abdominal Liposuction?

Abdominal liposuction is an excellent choice for patients who are dealing with isolated deposits of fat around the abdomen. If you are at or near your ideal weight, but you have pockets of fat that simply won’t respond to diet or exercise, Dr. Passaretti can target that fat with a cannula, a device that gently breaks up and suctions the fat cells out without disturbing adjacent healthy cells. Liposuction permanently removes fat cells, leaving behind smoother, trimmer body contours. However, it does not address excess skin folds, so it is not a good solution for people who wish to address loose, hanging skin.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tuck surgery, formally known as abdominoplasty, is a good choice for patients who are dealing not only with excess fat around the abdominal region, but also excess skin and lax musculature. Dr. Passaretti can customize the procedure to address the region just below the navel and above the pubic area, as in a mini tummy tuck; he can address the abdomen proper, as in a traditional tummy tuck; or he can address the abdominal region around to the flanks and the lower back, as in an extended tummy tuck.

During the tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Passaretti creates an incision through which he removes excess fat and tightens any loose abdominal muscles. He then excises any excess skin, pulls the remaining skin taut, and stitches the incisions closed.

Learn More about Abdominal Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck

To learn more about abdominal liposuction vs. tummy tuck surgery, please contact our plastic surgery practice today.

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