Deciding Between Tummy Tuck or Liposuction

Surgical Procedures
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Dr. Earl Stephenson

Your Guide to Choosing the Perfect Procedure!

When determining the best treatment option for achieving a sleeker abdomen, there are several important factors that a plastic surgeon takes into consideration. These factors include genetics, age, diet, and physical activity level of the patient. However, there are four main factors that hold particular importance:

Skin Elasticity

The elasticity of the skin plays a crucial role in determining the success of certain procedures. A tummy tuck, for instance, addresses both excess fat and loose skin, making it an ideal option for patients with reduced skin elasticity.

Pregnancy History

Women who have gone through pregnancy may have experienced significant changes in their abdominal area. The impact of pregnancy on the abdominal muscles and skin can influence the choice between a tummy tuck and liposuction.

Stretch Marks

The presence or absence of stretch marks can also influence the decision-making process. While both procedures can improve the appearance of stretch marks to some extent, a tummy tuck can provide more significant improvement due to the removal of excess skin.

Body Mass Index (BMI)

The patient’s BMI is an important consideration when determining the most suitable procedure. Liposuction is generally recommended for patients with a stable BMI within a healthy range, whereas a tummy tuck may be more appropriate for those with a higher BMI or excess skin.

Dr. Earl Stephenson