Liposuction and tummy tucks are two of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the world today. Each can produce dramatic results and help people to improve and restore their bodies. The results of either can be long-term, provided you are willing to work to keep yourself in shape. However, they are two very different procedures meant to address two very different issues. So, which one is actually right for you: a tummy tuck or liposuction?
When Liposuction Is the Answer
If you’re dealing with stubborn fat that is unresponsive to changes in diet and exercise, you might be a good candidate for liposuction. Liposuction can be done on several areas of the body, including the stomach, thighs and love handles. During liposuction, your plastic surgeon uses a tube called a cannula to remove unwanted fat from your body.Some people will see their best results from a combination tummy tuck and liposuction.
How to Know It’s Time for a Tummy Tuck
Whether it’s from weight fluctuations, pregnancy or just the natural aging process, excess tummy skin can make you appear overweight even if you aren’t. If you’re unhappy about sagging skin around your abdominal area, a tummy tuck might be the solution you need. During a tummy tuck, your plastic surgeon will eliminate excess skin and even perform repairs for issues such as diastasis recti and hernias.
Remember that no plastic surgery procedure is a substitute for eating right and exercising regularly, but body contouring procedures can play an important role in your commitment to live a healthier lifestyle.
Dr. David Kaufman earned a bachelor of science degree from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, graduating with distinction, the highest academic honor. As an active duty naval special warfare officer, he served our nation for four years, including duty in Operation Desert Storm. He then attended Harvard Medical School, receiving his medical doctor degree in 1996. From there, he entered and completed postdoctoral surgical training in a combined general and plastic surgery residency at Stanford University Medical Center.
A board-certified plastic surgeon and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Kaufman’s diverse surgical experience and skill enables him to choose procedures and techniques to best suit each patient. Consider him and his practice, Kaufman Plastic Surgery, if you are looking for a plastic surgeon in the Sacramento area.