Dr. Wigoda’s Notes: Liposuction Vs. Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) – What’s the Difference?

As the Florida economy warms up, so is the demand for beach body plastic surgery procedures such as lipo and tummy tucks.  Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul Wigoda, warns patients to do their homework first, learning the risks and potential results. Last year, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported almost 9.5 million cosmetic procedures; with Liposuction being the second most popular choice for women.

“People need to educate themselves on the difference between cosmetic procedures such as tummy tucks versus liposuction,” said Dr. Wigoda, plastic surgeon and Chief of Plastic Surgery at Broward General Hospital.

Liposuction and tummy tucks are procedures performed to contour the body. While they both involve removing excess fat, they accomplish different things.

Liposuction

Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves making small incisions where the fat is to be removed using thin, hollow tubes called cannulas to suction the fat out. Typically, the area is anesthetized using a combination of lidocaine and epinephrine. The person may elect for local or general anesthesia. There are different types of liposuction including ultrasonic, laser assisted, power assisted, and traditional suction assisted. Which one is used often depends on the surgeon’s preference and experience.

Liposuction surgery may be considered to treat areas of excess fat in the stomach, buttocks, hips, love handles, saddlebags, thighs, calves, ankles, breasts (including male breast enlargement), back, arms and neck. Liposuction is equally effective in both men and women.

Good candidates for liposuction

  • If you have areas of fat deposits that are out of proportion with the rest of your body and do not go away with diet and exercise –sometimes referred to as “diet resistant fat”
  • Areas with minimal amounts of excess skin (Liposuction removes fat not skin) and good skin elasticity

Tummy Tucks

Abdominoplasty will enhance your body contour by making your abdomen firmer and flatter. You may find that you feel more comfortable in your clothing and are more confident about your appearance

Good candidates for Tummy Tucks

If you have

  • If you have excess or sagging abdominal skin
  • A protruding abdomen that protrudes out of proportion to the rest of your body
  • Abdominal muscles that have been separated and weakened
  • Excess fatty tissue that is concentrated in your abdomen

In this procedure, a long incision is made in the lower abdomen, just above the pubic area. The abdominal muscles are tightened, excess fat is removed, and excess skin is trimmed away. Tummy tucks, also called abdominoplasty, are great for men and women who have loose sagging abdominal skin, weak abdominal muscles, and excess fact that has settled under the skin around the stomach.

While you can achieve dramatic changes in your appearance, including a change in your dress or pants size, you won’t necessarily lose a significant amount of weight using these methods. If you are looking to lose weight, then it is best to follow a healthy diet routine of diet and exercise.

Tummy tucks and liposuction can be regarded as complementary procedures that, combined with other healthy lifestyle choices, can help you look and feel your best.

In brief:

Tummy Tuck vs Liposuction

• Though both tummy tuck and liposuction are surgical procedures to get rid of excess fat, tummy tucks also address problems with loose skin and muscles.

• Liposuction may be less painful and has a shorter recovery time but will not be the ideal procedure if the primary problem is loose skin and/or loose muscles.

• Liposuction is, in some cases, better for younger patients as the results tend to be better when the skin is firm and elastic while tummy tuck can be suitable for patients of all ages

• Tummy tuck is preferred when there is loose skin or muscles, while for persons who have concentrated areas of excess fat, liposuction is more appropriate.

Happy New Year Specials from Dr. Wigoda!

It’s a New Year and a New You at Dr. Wigoda’s office! We know our patients have many options when it comes to choosing a South Florida plastic surgeon, and we are grateful you have entrusted your health and well being to us.
Over the past 10 years, we’ve performed thousands of surgeries, non-surgical services and Med Spa treatments, resulting in hundreds of valuable patient testimonials. The combination of experience,   flawless service and second to none standards has helped build an experience we are proud to deliver. Your health and satisfaction is our top priority, and we sincerely appreciate your business.

To kick off 2011 and thank you for your continued support, we are offering 10% off Radiesse, Juvederm and Botox treatments!

Come in to take advantage of these specials for a limited time!*

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

(954) 463-7088

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Happy New Year from everyone here at Dr. Wigoda’s office!

*Offer valid through February 6, 2011.

Me Day Spa Gives Thanks to Beauty with Thanksgiving Specials

 

South Beach’s Premier Med Spa is celebrating the Thanksgiving holidays by offering discounts on five luxurious treatments.  From now till November 30, enjoy the following services at these special prices:

  • 1 Hot Stone massage $105
  • Deep Pore Cleansing Facial: $65
  • Manicure/Pedicure: $35
  • Haircut/Blowout: $50
  • Keratin treatment: Short Hair $185 –Long Hair $225

Thanksgiving specials for South Beach spa

Me Day Spa offers complete spa and salon services including hair styling, extensions, color, cuts, manicures, pedicures, and skin care including professional makeup, facials, glycolic treatments, peels, microdermabrasion, as well as massage and med-spa services including laser hair removal, spider vein treatments, Botox, dermal fillers, and plastic surgery consultations with Dr. Paul Wigoda.

To take advantage of these special offers, please call (305) 534 –6363 to make a reservation at Me Day Spa.

For more information on Dr. Wigoda, Me Day Spa or The Aesthetics Institute, become a Fan on Facebook or follow the conversation on Twitter.

Happy Thanksgiving from Dr. Wigoda, Me Day Spa and The Aesthetics Institute!

Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda Reviews Spin Crowd Jonathan Chebin’s Zeltiq Liposuction

Last week, the popular E! reality TV show Command PR’s CEO Jonathan Cheban received Zeltiq liposuction.

Zeltiq liposuction, according to the Wall Street Journal, freezes the fat cells inside love handles and belly pouches, causing them to self-destruct over a period of time.

So how does Dr. Paul Wigoda feel about this expensive new lipo procedure? See the video for my thoughts on Zeltiq versus traditional liposuction.

For more information on Fort Lauderdale plastic surgery or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Paul Wigoda, visit http://www.doctorwigoda.com. Learn about South Florida plastic surgery news, updates and specials from The Aesthetics Institute by following @drwigoda on Twitter and  on Facebook.

One Month After Painless Breast Implant Surgery by Dr. Wigoda in Fort Lauderdale

Me less than a month at Painless Breast Implants

Me less than a month after Painless Breast Implant Surgery

You would never guess I had breast augmentation surgery one month ago if you looked at my schedule. I’ve been to Jupiter, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Virginia Beach, North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Chicago and San Francisco. Two concerts, a 4-day business conference and I started running on the treadmill last week.

My scars are barely noticeable and I feel like my new additions have always been part of my body. My implants are still sitting a little high on my chest, but they have dropped a little each day, so I think I am on track for the two to three months for overall results.

To Massage or not to Massage after Breast Implants?
When I run into girls who have breast implants and we share the common bond, everyone tells me to massage my breasts for best breast results. So that’s what I have been doing, and it helps!

I’ve been drinking lots of water and exercising more too.

What has changed since my painless breast implant surgery with Dr. Wigoda?

My bra size! I’m still wearing the sports bras and found the best selection at Sears and some sexy bandeau style bras without underwire by Calvin Klein at Macys.

My bra from Sears

My bra from Sears

My shirts, tops, blouses and pajama tops don’t fit the same: some fit better than others so I have had to start over with new stuff. Great excuse to go shopping, especially online on sites like Taigan.com. They are just a click away.

I wore a bikini top for the first time this weekend, which was exciting and invigorating. Confidence booster 100%.

What do you tell the kids about breast implants?
I was nervous what my eight-year-old daughter would think or say. But it was actually pretty easy. She did notice, but when she asked “why are mommy’s boobs bigger and what are those little cuts,” I told her it was like when girls get a different hair color or hair cut – sometimes, they might want a different boob size, bigger or smaller. She said, “Ohhhhhh!”
That was easy…and true!

View other blog posts from my painless breast implant surgery and leave a comment or question!