Has a pregnancy taken a toll on your midsection? Have you lost weight but find yourself with excess abdominal skin? Do you want to smooth and shape your silhouette? Depending on your needs, Dr. Nickodem offers both liposuction and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) procedures in Annandale. To determine which one is right for you, let’s compare the benefits of each.
If you are looking to remove abdominal fat and reshape your body without the recovery of a tummy tuck, liposuction may be the right choice for you. This procedure can be highly effective at removing stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction is great for abdominal fat, but it can be used in other areas too including the arms, hips, thighs and more. The important thing to remember is that liposuction can remove skin but is not able to do as much to tighten the skin.
Liposuction is surgery and does require a recovery period, but compared with a tummy tuck, recovery is often much shorter and easier. Most patients can return to work a few days after liposuction and feel much better after just a week or two. Most swelling and bruising is gone within a month. Though incisions are made during liposuction, they are quite small and scarring is typically very minor.
While liposuction is an effective choice for many patients, some need a little more to achieve the results they desire. For these patients a tummy tuck might be the best choice. A tummy tuck is more invasive than liposuction, but it can remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. It also tightens abdominal muscles and can greatly reduce the hated tummy bulge.
The recovery period is longer than with liposuction. After abdominoplasty it can take weeks or months to feel normal again. Patients should expect at least four months for the swelling to completely subside. Those with strong abdominal muscles tend to recover more quickly. Most patients will have a large scar after the procedure, possibly extending from hip to hip. However, scarring will fade dramatically after about a year. Many people find that carefully chosen swimsuits and other clothing will hide any remaining scars.
Liposuction and Tummy Tuck Combined
While liposuction and a tummy tuck are both great procedures on their own, many patients choose to have them together. Depending on the results you desire, we may choose to use both procedures to achieve your cosmetic goals. Liposuction is a great tool for sculpting and shaping while a tummy tuck can tighten skin and muscle and together they can address many aesthetic concerns.
To learn more about these or other cosmetic procedures in Annandale, contact Anne Nickodem, M.D., at 703-560-8711 or aestheticallyyours.com.