If you’re like many of Dr. Shienbaum’s patients in Brandon, FL, you may have a little excess fat around your midsection. Most likely, you also are not sure whether you need liposuction or a tummy tuck to eliminate this fat, and tighten loose muscles and skin from pregnancy or weight loss. We will go through the facts with you to hopefully aide your decision in choosing between liposuction and a tummy tuck.

The Importance of Your Skin

In most cases, this question can be answered by looking at the quality and the quantity of the skin on your midsection. For patients with more fat, the quality of your skin is a critical factor of whether a tummy or liposuction is right for you. If you have elastic, stretchy skin that is in excess of your fat, liposuction alone near Lakeland, FL, may not resolve your cosmetic concerns.

The Choice: Liposuction or Tummy Tuck

Although most patients hope that liposuction alone will provide the slimmer abdomen they’ve been looking for since they are concerned about the prolonged downtime a tummy tuck requires. However, liposuction generally does not create a flatter stomach. Weight gain and pregnancy do not just add pounds, it also stretches out the abdominal muscles and skin, which liposuction cannot address. For these issues and to achieve the flatter tummy, an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is required.

Tummy Tuck Scars

Another primary concern of patients is the scar that a full tummy tuck involves. However, what they may not know is that the scar is generally hidden below the bikini line, so it’s easily hidden under clothing. Also, the scar fades nicely with time, and it’s only truly noticeable when the patient is fully undressed. Some scar treatment products allow your scars to heal nicely, which is an excellent trade off from the remarkable results of a tummy tuck.

If you are interested in a flatter, slimmer tummy, contact Brandon Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation. Talking with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Shienbaum will greatly help aide you in your decision for cosmetic surgery.