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What is the difference between a tummy tuck and lipo?

Plastic Surgeon in Charleston, SC


As a Plastic Surgeon, this is a question I am asked practically every day. The short answer: Tummy tucks remove excess skin and fat, and tighten underlying abdominal muscles. Liposuction removes excess fat located between the skin and muscle. If you are not sure whether you need liposuction or a tummy tuck, I will work with you during your consultation to assess where you are, better understand your goals, and communicate the results you can expect with either procedure. Many people will benefit greatly from liposuction, which is less invasive with minimal incisions. It can be performed with oral sedation or IV sedation provided by an anesthesiologist. Liposuction works great for patients with good skin elasticity who want to improve their contour. Those who have lost a lot of weight and still have excess skin may need a tummy tuck. This is a surgical procedure involving removal of excess skin and fat, and tightening underlying abdominal muscles performed under IV sedation. It involves a longer incision and a longer recovery time, but in many cases it is the only way a patient can get the results they want. Learn more about Tummy Tucks at Port City Plastic Surgery. Learn more about Liposuction at Port City Plastic Surgery. Schedule your consult with Dr. Widenhouse today.