What is the Difference?
Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck
Many people confuse liposuction with a tummy tuck and interchange the words. However, they are two completely different procedures that offer two disparate results.
A tummy tuck, more commonly known as abdominoplasty, reduces the appearance of a sagging abdominal region by removing excess skin and fat.
Liposuction is a procedure that utilizes a special tool that literally sucks the fat from under the skin of the body. No skin is removed during the liposuction procedure – the major difference between these two cosmetic procedures.
Which procedure is best for me?
Liposuction procedures help reduce fat pockets located in certain areas of the body, including the abdomen, the buttocks area, the thighs and the arms. It gets rid of excess fat deposits through a special tool. When the procedure is performed on the lower abdominal area, the results are a flatter, smoother profile.
This procedure is designed for mild to moderate pockets of fat, and is not recommended for individuals who have lost large amounts of weight, or who have a large amount of fat stored in their abdominal region.
A tummy tuck, on the other hand, removes not only excess fat in the abdominal region, but excess skin that is often left sagging or drooping after of the removal of fat. Neither liposuction nor tummy tucks are recommended as a substitute for weight loss, or adequate nutrition and exercise.
A number of procedures and techniques are utilized in both tummy tuck and liposuction procedures, but the traditional tummy tuck is still the most common. It involves a horizontal incision between the hip bones, but may also include smaller incisions around the belly button to facilitate the surgical procedure. In many cases, a tummy tuck is done in conjunction with liposuction.
How much will it cost me?
Costs of liposuction depends on the severity of the area to be treated, the time spent performing the procedure, as well as how many locations an individual wishes to have liposuction performed.
In the United States, liposuction to the lower abdominal region averages $2,000, but those who wish to also include the upper abdominal region may pay an extra thousand dollars, bringing the cost to approximately $3,000.
However, individuals traveling to South American locations such as Argentina may pay an average of $3,000 for both. Visitors to India typically pay one-tenth the costs of the same procedures as offered in the US.
The cost of a tummy tuck procedure depends on the approach and method utilized. The average cost of tummy tucks in the United States range between $3,000 and $10,000, again depending on approach, technologies used, and the amount of skin and fat being removed. A tummy tuck procedure performed in India averages $2,000, while visitors to locations such as Turkey may pay around $5,000 for the same procedure.
Who performs tummy tucks and liposuction procedures?
Plastic or cosmetic sugeons trained and qualified in cosmetic surgery generally perform liposuction and tummy tuck procedures. Such surgeons should have completed a minimum of two years of cosmetic or plastic surgery training, including reconstruction procedures.
Ensure that any plastic or cosmetic surgeon performing such procedures is qualified and board certified by the national and or international medical associations and organizations.
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