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TUMMY TUCKS & LIPOSUCTION: WHY THE 2 PROCEDURES ARE NOT QUITE THE SAME

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TUMMY TUCKS & LIPOSUCTION: WHY THE 2 PROCEDURES ARE NOT QUITE THE SAME


Body contouring is extremely popular in the United States and tummy tucks and liposuction are two of the most popular plastic surgeries in this category. Oftentimes, people tend to blur the line separating the two procedures because they are not quite sure what aspect of body contouring each treatment addresses. While they work well together, each has its own definitive job.

THE FAT REMOVER:

LIPOSUCTION

Unlike what many people think, the tummy tuck does not address excess fat. The removal of excess fat is a job for liposuction. Because the tummy tuck is often confused as a fat reducing procedure, people often think that it can be used to lose weight, when really, it is designed for those who are already at or close to their ideal size. Liposuction on the other hand is for those looking to remove fat from their body.

THE BODY-SHAPER:

THE TUMMY TUCK (ABDOMINOPLASTY)

When skin is stretched out for so long, it loses its elasticity and often cannot tighten up to the body’s new contours after rapid weight loss or pregnancy. This is what the tummy tuck is for. Abdominoplasty got its nickname because of how it appears to tuck away these areas hanging skin or tissue around the belly to provide the body with a smoother shape.

OTHER BODY-CONTOURING TREATMENTS

While the tummy tuck works well to address problem areas around the mid-section, other procedures like the arm lift and thigh lift are used to address hanging skin in the arms and legs and are sometimes performed together with a tummy tuck as a body contouring after major weight loss procedure. Liposuction can be used in several areas of the body and is commonly used to correct male breasts (gynecomastia). Each of these body contouring procedures serves its own purpose, so it is important to know what you are looking to address when considering one of these treatments.
Before and After Gallery

BEFORE & AFTER GALLERY

Dr. Mouchantat has been performing plastic surgery procedures in the Denver area since 1996. Some of these procedures include abdominoplasty, breast augmentation, breast reconstruction, breast reduction, liposuction, face lifts and eyelid surgery. Dr. Mouchantat is experienced in fat grafting techniques as well. Some procedures can be done comfortably in the office under local anesthesia, while others are done in an accredited outpatient surgical facility or hospital setting.

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