Looking for a way to look and feel your best? There are many options available here in Sydney. It can be difficult to know what the best choice is for your individual needs. While a tummy tuck is certainly a useful procedure, it is not the right way to go. Let’s take a look at these two procedures and how to know when liposuction is the right path for you.
What is Liposuction?
Often abbreviated to lipo, this procedure is a method of removing excess fat from the body. It is useful in many of the most stubborn problem areas people deal with. Prior to the fat being suctioned out, it is broken up to make the process easier. This can be done in a number of ways, thanks to technological advances made in recent years.
Liposuction is done to remove fat cells from a targeted area. Fat cells are incredibly capable of growing and shrinking. By reducing the number of fat cells in an area, you can contour it. Remaining fat cells will still have the ability to grow, however, if a healthy lifestyle is not followed. With liposuction you can experience long-term results as long as you’re careful about following an exercise routine and sticking to a diet. This procedure can be performed on almost any area of the body that has excess fat.
How is Liposuction Different from a Tummy Tuck?
As the name implies, a tummy tuck is only effective on the abdomen. It tightens the abdominal muscles while removing excess skin and fat from the area. A tummy tuck is a more invasive procedure and typically involves a few days in the hospital. In some cases, combining a tummy tuck with liposuction is the only way to achieve the desired results. There are different types of tummy tucks available, depending on your needs. On top of the traditional option, there is also a “mini” tummy tuck, extended tummy tuck, or even a reverse tummy tuck.
Good candidates for this procedure are people with significant skin laxity. Women should be finished having children before having this procedure. It is also important to remember that an incision will be made at the naval, which will have the potential to scar. The potential for side effects is also higher with a tummy tuck than with liposuction.
Where is Liposuction Effective?
If you want to contour a part of your body other than the abdomen, liposuction in Sydney is the way to go. This treatment gives uniform results on larger areas of the body, which is one of the reasons it is so well-loved. You can effectively have liposuction done on the:
- Inner thighs
- Outer thighs
Who is a Good Candidate for Liposuction in Sydney?
First, it is important to realize that neither liposuction or a tummy tuck will replace diet and exercise. Neither option is intended to treat obesity and should rather be viewed as surgical body contouring choices. The best candidates are people who have already tried to reach their goals through lifestyle changes and have not quite made it. A good candidate is someone already dedicated to a healthy lifestyle who is at or near their body goals. Typically speaking, you should be within 20 pounds of your ideal weight.
At your initial consultation, we will discuss whether or not liposuction is an appropriate treatment option for you. While everyone is different, there are certain factors that increase your odds of being considered a good candidate. They include:
- Having good muscle tone and elasticity
- Not having a great deal of excess skin
- Being in good overall health
- Having deposits of fat that have not responded to diet and exercise
- Being a non-smoker
- Having a positive outlook
Women who have been pregnant may be better suited for a tummy tuck. This is simply due to the fact that pregnancy tends to stretch out the abdominal muscles and skin. Women who have been pregnant but still have good skin tone and a flat abdominal wall can still be good candidates for liposuction. The same is true for both men and women who have lost a great deal of weight. They made need a tummy tuck if they need to tighten the skin and muscles. Women who have been pregnant and would like to explore either option are encouraged to wait a minimum of six months after giving birth in order to let the body recuperate.
There are certain things that will make liposuction the wrong choice for you. They include things such as being diabetic, having cardiovascular disease, having a weakened immune system, and more. Certain medications, particularly blood thinners, may also make liposuction an inappropriate choice. Your medical history will be thoroughly discussed at your consultation.
Liposuction to Treat Certain Medical Conditions
On top of body contouring, there are certain medical conditions that can be improved through liposuction. You may want to consider this procedure if you have:
- Lipomas: A lipoma is simply a benign fatty tumor. While not a health threat, they can cause discomfort or embarrassment.
- Gynecomastia: This is the term for men with overdeveloped breast tissue. Again, there is very little risk to the man’s health, but it can be uncomfortable as well as embarrassing.
- Lymphedema: This is actually a chronic medical condition that causes swelling of certain tissues due to excess fluid. Lymphedema can be very uncomfortable, and liposuction can offer some relief.
In these cases, liposuction in Sydney represents an ideal treatment option, while a tummy tuck does not.
What to Expect with Liposuction
On the day of your procedure, you will be given anesthesia. Liposuction is typically done under general anesthesia, meaning you will need someone to accompany you to your appointment and to drive you home. Once the anesthesia takes effect, small incisions will be made in the target area. The fat is then broken up, typically using a thin tube. It is then ready to be gently suctioned out of the body. Depending on the size of the area and the amount of fat being removed, you can expect the surgery to last anywhere from one to four hours.
In most cases, you will be able to go home the same day of your operation. Compression garments will be recommended in order to help control the swelling. The recovery process will vary from person to person. Typically, you will need to take a few days off from work. The number of days will depend largely on the type of work you do. Most people can resume the majority of their normal activities two weeks after their liposuction.
Results with Liposuction
The fat cells removed with liposuction will be gone permanently. As long as you stay dedicated to a healthy diet and exercising, you will experience very long-lasting results. If you do gain weight after liposuction, the fat distribution of your body will likely change. This may result in new “problem areas.”
Immediately after your surgery, you should be able to see some improvement. Mild swelling is to be expected in the days after your procedure. Once this has subsided, you will see the full impact of your body contouring. Be sure to follow all of your aftercare instructions so that your body can bounce back as quickly as possible. You will be given individual aftercare instructions that are tailored to your situation.
Combining the Procedures
As mentioned above, sometimes the best treatment course involves both liposuction and a tummy tuck. This allows you to rid yourself of those pesky pockets of stubborn fat while also removing any excess skin. By combining these two procedures, you only have to go through one recovery period. You also get superior results if you are dealing with both excess fat and excess skin, as well as any loss of muscle tone. Together, these procedures can contour the body better than either one could accomplish on its own. That being said, a tummy tuck is more invasive and should be skipped if liposuction alone can help you reach your body goals.
Learn More About Liposuction
If you would like to learn more about both liposuction and tummy tuck, get in touch with our team at My Cosmetic Clinic. We are conveniently located in Balmain, Baulkham Hills, Botany, Crows Nest, Erina, Frenchs Forest, Newcastle, Nowra, and Wollongong. Scheduling you for a consultation is the first step. After your consultation, we will be happy to help you decide if one of these body contouring options is the right one for you. Contact us today to get started by scheduling your consultation!