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Lipo or Tummy Tuck: Which is Best for You?

While a bit of curve around your abdomen is natural, added fat can turn those curves into bothersome bulges that take away from your self-confidence. If you’re seeking a sleeker look around your midsection, numerous contouring options are available. Learning more about tummy tucks, liposuction, and SculpSure® — including questions to ask your doctor beforehand — can give you an idea of what procedure might best suit your needs and goals.

Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that minimizes excess fat and skin while tightening muscles that have been stretched out due to pregnancy. A tummy tuck provides more firming and toning benefits than conventional liposuction, and while it leaves a scar, I place the incision strategically so it can be easily hidden by a bathing suit.

Tummy tucks can be especially helpful for addressing:

If you have loose skin or excess fat in your abdominal area and desire a sleeker look, a tummy tuck may be your best bet. Ideally, you’ll have maintained a healthy body weight for some time and remain committed to a healthy lifestyle. Tummy tucks aren’t ideal if you’re planning to get pregnant soon.

What is the difference between traditional liposuction and SmartLipo®?

Chances are you’re familiar with the basics of traditional liposuction, a surgical procedure in which fat is suctioned out of particular body areas while you’re under general anesthesia. Fat can be taken from a number of spots to give you a more contoured look.

SmartLipo is similar, but it’s less invasive and more likely to lead to firmer, tighter skin. This is because, unlike traditional lipo, it uses laser energy to stimulate collagen and elastin production in your body.

During the SmartLipo procedure, you’ll have local anesthesia, with the treatment area fully numbed. A cannula is inserted through a tiny incision, and it delivers laser energy to help break up fat, making it simpler to remove. As a result, you’ll experience less bruising, swelling, and recovery time after your treatment.

How can SculpSure® help my belly fat?

If you’re seeking a noninvasive option for minimizing stubborn fat in your midsection, SculpSure is a terrific option. Unlike tummy tucks and liposuction, no incisions are required at all. The laser energy breaks down unwanted fat cells safely and effectively. Once the fat cells are destroyed, they never return, meaning the results are permanent.

SculpSure is so gentle you won’t need any downtime for recovery. After your treatment, which only takes 25 minutes per area, results gradually appear within about six to twelve weeks. It’s ideal if you’re in good shape and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, yet can’t seem to shed that last bit of stubborn belly fat.

In addition to your abdominal area, SculpSure can help minimize fat in your:

How do I know which body contouring option is right for me?

No one body contouring option suits everyone, so it’s a good idea to meet with Dr. McHugh to determine your ideal treatment based on your goals, physique, overall health, and medical history.

Here are some wise questions to ask Dr. McHugh when deciding on your procedure:

To discuss any of these options, call us at McHugh Plastic Surgery in Woodlands, Texas, or use the online booking feature to schedule your appointment.

Dr. Thomas McHugh

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