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The Difference Between a Tummy Tuck and Liposuction

Dr. Richard Arabitg,MD - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sometimes, working out and dieting isn’t enough to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat on the body. Whether you’ve recently given birth and want to tighten your tummy, or you’re just looking to slim down before bikini season, plastic surgery can help you achieve your goals. Although plastic surgery in Orlando has been steadily growing in popularity, and is increasingly accessible, many people are confused about the difference between liposuction and tummy tucks. If the two procedures are confused, it could result in a post-surgery appearance that is less than satisfactory. Understanding the distinction between the two procedures allows for a surgeon and patient to develop a plan to achieve the patient’s desired results, so that they can have a more youthful appearance, naturally. 

 

Liposuction involves the removal of fat from under the skin. The fat is removed through very small incisions, with full recovery lasting up to four weeks. Normal, daily activities can usually be resumed within the first two weeks, and the final results can show up between one and six months. An Orlando tummy tuck involves the removal of excess skin and fat, and the tightening of underlying abdominal muscle. Heavy activity should be avoided for three to six months, and daily activities might not be resumed for up to four weeks. Although a tummy tuck and liposuction can be performed in conjunction for better results, some patients may not require both to achieve their desired results.


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