It seems as though there are a lot of procedures out there designed to help you achieve your best tummy ever. From liposuction to tummy tucks – and everything in between – there’s never been a better time to seek out cosmetic surgery for a little extra help in getting that flat stomach.

The only problem is, there are so many solutions out there that it can be tough to choose the right one for you. Like – what’s the difference between liposuction and a tummy tuck? And how do you know which procedure is right for you?

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To answer these questions, let’s take a closer look at the procedures:

  • Liposuction: If you have excess fat that won’t respond to diet and exercise, liposuction can help. This popular surgical procedure involves using a cannula or laser-assisted cannula to break apart or liquefy fat tissue in the abdominal area. Once this fat has been broken up or liquefied, your plastic surgeon manually removes the fat, leaving behind a smoother, flatter stomach. You may be a good candidate for liposuction surgery if you have good skin laxity, already follow a healthy diet and exercise regimen, and are a non-smoker over the age of 21.
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  • Tummy Tuck: This surgical procedure (also known as an abdominoplasty) is designed to help repair the abdominal walls that may have been damaged by pregnancy, childbirth, or just getting older. During this procedure, your plastic surgeon will reposition the abdominal walls to achieve a flatter appearance; he or she will also remove excess skin. Some patients may even want to combine this surgery with liposuction to show off their new tummy. You may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck if you have a stubborn pooch because of pregnancy, childbirth, or getting older. You should already follow a healthy diet and exercise regimen and be a nonsmoker over the age of 21.

To learn more about these two surgical procedures – as well as the differences between both – schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Aycock in Walnut Creek, CA (925)-937-8377 or Greenbrae, CA (415) 925-1700.

Dr. Aycock serves the greater San Francisco Bay area.