Get the Flat Tummy with Tummy Tuck or Abdominal Liposuction By tmccall on January 28, 2017

Woman with a flat, toned tummyThis abdomen is one area of the body in which unwanted fat cells tend to accumulate. The tummy is especially troublesome for women who have experienced pregnancy, or individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight. These body changes often result in loose skin along with stubborn fat deposits. Body contouring enhances the figure by removing unwanted fat and tightening loose skin.

Patients who want to improve the appearance of the abdomen may be ideal candidates for a tummy tuck or abdominal liposuction. Dr. Tracy E. McCall discusses the pros and cons of a tummy tuck vs. abdominal liposuction to help her Milwaukee, WI patients determine which is most appropriate for their unique circumstances.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck offers the most extensive alterations for the stomach. During this procedure, an incision is made across the lower abdominal area (just below the bikini line). Using this incision, Dr. McCall is able to remove loose, stretched skin and unwanted tissues, as well as repair any damage to the abdominal muscles. One the necessary alterations have been made, the abdominal skin is re-draped and the incision is closed. A tummy tuck results in a tighter and more toned tummy as well as a slimmer waistline. Some of the benefits of a tummy tuck include:

  • Tightening of stretched skin
  • Improved muscle tone
  • Customized treatment
  • Long-lasting results

Although a tummy tuck can provide the aesthetic results that many patients want, there are some drawbacks to consider. A tummy tuck is a major surgical procedure that will require a lengthy recovery period. While most patients find that these setbacks are well worth the advantages that a tummy tuck has to offer, it may be worth considering whether abdominal liposuction can provide the degree of alteration that the patient desires.

Abdominal Liposuction

Abdominal liposuction is a serious cosmetic procedure. Still, it is not as invasive as a tummy tuck. Liposuction requires a shorter recovery period, which is why many patients wonder if they can achieve the results they desire with abdominal liposuction. Abdominal liposuction is extremely effective in eliminating stubborn fat deposits. During a liposuction procedure, a thin instrument called a cannula is inserted into small incisions around the treatment site. The cannula is moved in a back and forth motion, breaking up fat cells and suctioning them from the body. The benefits of abdominal liposuction include the following:

  • Removal of fat deposits that fail to respond to diet and exercise
  • Slimmer waistline and tummy
  • Customized treatment
  • Long-lasting results

Although many patients can achieve the results they desire without undergoing a tummy tuck, patients should understand that liposuction does not address loose skin. Therefore, abdominal liposuction is best suited to patients with firm skin and good skin elasticity.

Schedule an Appointment

A tummy tuck and abdominal liposuction have successfully helped countless patients achieve their aesthetic goals. Which one is “best” really comes down to the needs of the individual patient. If you would like to learn more about these body contouring procedures and which may be right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Tracy E. McCall at your earliest convenience.

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Dr. Tracy McCall

Lake Country Plastic and Hand Surgery

Dr. Tracy McCall is a board-certified plastic surgeon that has been providing exceptional results to patients since 2001. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including:

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Association of Women Surgeons

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