Dr. Wigoda sees patients who are bothered by their stomach every day in his Fort Lauderdale plastic surgery office. Most request information about liposuction and Tummy Tucks, also called abdominoplasties. Dr. Wigoda takes care to differentiate between the two procedures, pointing out that liposuction merely removes fat, while tummy tucks are actually three procedures in one:
- Removes fat
- Removes excess skin
- Tightens muscles
When considering getting a tummy tuck, it is crucial to consider your surgeon’s credentials, facility and reviews. Other key considerations:
- A tummy tuck procedure takes longer than liposuction.
- The tummy tuck recovery period is longer than that of liposuction (approx. 6 weeks)
- A tummy tuck can be more costly.
- A tummy tuck can leave longer scars.
To tuck or not to tuck? If you have good skin tone and no loose skin, you might just need liposuction. If you have loose skin that is hanging, then a tummy tuck may be more appropriate.