Liposuction Surgery compared to Tummy Tucks
Unlike tummy tucks, most liposuction procedures are performed in
out patient facilities. Depending on the extent of your liposuction,
your cosmetic surgeon may use a general anesthetic to put you to sleep
during the surgery.
With newer liposuction techniques, the area to be suctioned is injected
with a special combination of fluid and anesthesia before the surgery.
This is called tumescent liposuction. The fluid constricts the surrounding
blood vessels, making the procedure nearly bloodless, while minimizing
During the surgery, the surgeon makes small incisions, approximately
one-half inch in length or less, near the area where fat is to be
removed. A thin, hollow tube, called a cannula is inserted, and is
attached to a machine or syringe that creates a strong vacuum. The
surgeon then carefully manipulates the cannula under the skin to remove
the unwanted fat. He or she will determine the amount of fat to remove
by feeling and pinching the skin throughout the surgery.
- Unlike tummy tucks, liposuction is not restricted to the abdomen,
but can be performed on many areas of the body with excess fat.
- Scars left by the incisions are small and nearly imperceptible.
- New techniques mean less pain during and after surgery, and potientially
- Depending on the extent of the surgery, recovery times are generally
quicker than with a tummy tuck.
- Although usually safe, liposuction still carries the risks associated
with all surgeries, such as infection.
The benefits of a mini tummy tuck are great: the incision is smaller,
the recuperation time is shorter, and less pain is experienced by
the patient, when the procedure is compared to abdominoplasty.
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