The abdomen can be one of the most troublesome areas for men and women. A flat, toned stomach can be very difficult to achieve, even with the most dedicated diet and exercise. Many times, this is caused by factors that are outside your control. For women, pregnancy stretches the abdominal muscles and builds stubborn fat in the midsection. Men and women undergo hormonal changes that increase fat retention in the abdominal area. Even those who lose a massive amount of weight to look trimmer can have stubborn fat deposits. For patients looking for cosmetic surgery solutions, it can be difficult to choose the right procedure. Two of the most common are liposuction and tummy tuck, and you may benefit from a combination of both.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction removes stubborn pockets of fat using small incisions, a cannula, and a surgical vacuum. Liposuction is less invasive than surgery, but does not address muscle or skin laxity. Dr. Bohley typically recommends liposuction to men and women who have excess fat in isolated areas of the bodies.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is one of the more extensive plastic surgeries offered by Dr. Bohley. The benefit of a tummy tuck is the removal of excess skin and fat from the abdominal area to create a more toned appearance. It also tightens the underlying muscles that can become stretched from pregnancy or weight gain. Dr. Bohley performs two types of tummy tuck— a full tummy tuck is best for men and women who have fat around the whole abdominal region, while a mini tummy tuck is best for those who have some extra fat below the belly button.

Can I Get the Best of Both Procedures?

Combining liposuction with a tummy tuck is not only possible, but it’s often recommended. Using liposuction as part of a tummy tuck procedure is a technique that Dr. Bohley uses to refine your results. After removing excess tissue, Dr. Bohley performs liposuction to remove or reduce smaller pockets of fat in the surrounding areas to further contour and refine your figure. He also uses a technique known as “lipo sculpting” in which the remaining fat is shaped to highlight the contours of the abdominal muscles. Having liposuction as part of your tummy tuck procedure may extend the recovery period, but can boost your results and achieve your body goals.

Schedule a Consultation

Liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are an excellent combination to reshape your midsection when diet and exercise don’t produce the results you’re hoping for. To learn more about your options, contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation with our double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael F. Bohley.