Abdominoplasty or a tummy tuck and liposuction are often confused with each other, but the two procedures are separate and unique in their own ways. There are many differences between liposuction and tummy tuck surgery, including their results.
What is the Difference Between Tummy Tuck and Liposuction Surgery
A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to reshape and firm the abdomen. This procedure involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen, which tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall. Liposuction is a procedure that removes excess fat from specific areas of the body to improve the areas shape and contours.
In the liposuction procedure, a cannula is inserted through tiny incisions in the skin, and a suction pump is connected to the tube. The suction pump is used to vacuum out excess fat. The tummy tuck procedure is only used for the stomach whereas the liposuction procedure can be used on the hips, buttocks, thighs and various other parts of the body.
Doctors will recommend tummy tuck and liposuction procedures based on the patient’s personal anatomy and situation.
The liposuction procedure is usually best for folks with excess abdominal fat, but no stretch marks and good skin tone. The tummy tuck procedure is best for folks with stretch marks, loose skin and a looser inner girdle.
The tummy tuck surgery is more popular with women, and individuals who have abdominal fat deposits that do not respond to diet and exercise. In addition, it is popular with individuals that have experienced a massive weight loss to remove the resulting fat and skin hanging from the patient’s abdomen. Liposuction appeals to a wide array of consumers, although women most often use it.
The type of anesthesia used in both tummy tuck and liposuction procedures differs as well. The abdominoplasty surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic. The liposuction procedure can be performed under a general anaesthetic or under local anesthesia, which only numbs the areas of surgery. The local anesthesia can be used with intravenous sedation to keep the patients more relaxed during the procedure. Some patients may also find it more fitting to use regional anesthesia, which is a good choice for more extensive procedures. A common type of a regional anaesthetic is an epidural block, which is also used for childbirth.
Tummy Tuck and Liposuction Recovery
After a tummy tuck, patients are forbidden from any heavy lifting, and for the first ten days a patient will experience bruising and discomfort. A supportive abdominal binder is worn to contain the swelling and to support the muscular repair. Recovery from an abdonminoplasty can take four to six weeks, and patients are advised not to work during this time.
Patients may experience some fluid drainage from surgical incisions after liposuction surgery. Sometimes a small drainage tube is inserted under the skin to prevent fluid build-up. Liposuction patients may also be provided with an elastic garment to wear over their treated areas. This garment is used to control swelling and to help the skin better fit its new contours. Most of the bruising and swelling will disappear within three weeks. However, some swelling may remain for six months or more. There are also several complications involved in both of the surgeries.
Complications of abdominoplasty tummy tuck surgery include infection, bleeding, and excessive scarring. However, these complications are not common, and do not occur in many patients.
Some of the common complications of liposuction include infection, the formation of fat clots and blood clots, and excessive fluid loss. Blood clots may travel to the lungs and cause death, and excessive fluid loss can lead to shock or fluid accumulation that must be drained. Some other complications include friction burns or other damage to the skin or nerves, perforation injury to the vital organs and unfavorable drug reactions.