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Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck

shutterstock_182125115Improving the contours of the body through cosmetic surgery has become extremely popular over the last few years. Of all the body contouring procedures that are offered, liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are the most performed because of their ability to noticeably improve the appearance of the midsection. However, some people have a tough time distinguishing the differences between the two procedures.

Liposuction Eliminates Fat

Liposuction is typically performed for men and women who have been unsuccessful at eliminating stubborn areas of fat through diet and exercise. To perform this procedure, Dr. Mesbahi inserts a thin hollow tube (cannula) through tiny, inconspicuous incisions. As he gently moves the cannula to separate fat cells from the underlying tissues, a vacuum device is used to permanently remove the fat cells.

Tummy Tuck Eliminates Excess Skin and Tightens Muscles

Tummy tuck surgery is usually desired by patients who have excess stretched or hanging skin in the stomach area as a result of dramatic weight loss or pregnancy. Pregnancy can also cause the abdominal muscles to stretch and tear, and they generally cannot be repaired through exercise. Dr. Mesbahi performs the tummy tuck procedure by making an incision along the lower abdominal region (below the bikini line) to remove excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles to provide a flatter, more defined abdominal appearance.

Dr. Alex Mesbahi has many years of experience in performing liposuction and tummy tuck surgery for individuals of all ages. In some instances, he even combines both procedures during one surgery to achieve the most beneficial results. To ensure the longest-lasting results possible, patients should maintain their weight and follow a healthy lifestyle.

To discover if you’re a good candidate for a liposuction or tummy tuck procedure, feel free to call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form today. Dr. Mesbahi and his well-trained staff look forward to seeing you soon!