Do you sometimes wonder why you can’t get rid of stubborn belly fat? Is your physique starting to affect how other people see you? Do you see other men with the bodies they want, but can’t figure out what you’re doing wrong?
If so, you’re not alone. There are a huge number of contributing factors in men feeling less secure than ever in their bodies. For instance, the relative popularity of superhero movies to others in recent years (4 out of 10 of the top highest-grossing box office movies now feature superheroes). Combine that with the rise of social media that favors gym shots, as well as the growing conviction that men have the same rights women, do to care about their appearance, means that men are feeling more pressure to look good.
Which is not, in and of itself, a bad thing at all. Typically, stronger and more streamlined bodies are healthier bodies. It becomes a detractor, however, when you struggle to lose stubborn fat deposits or deal with the loose and sagging skin of age. When you can’t get rid of trouble spots no matter how much you diet and exercise, that’s a serious issue.
Luckily, there are serious solutions, such as liposuction and tummy tucks. If you’ve wondered “Which is best for me, liposuction or tummy tuck?” then you’ve come to the right place. Below we discuss both, as well as how it works to combine the two. Read on to figure out your choices.
What Is Liposuction?
“Liposuction, also called lipoplasty, liposculpture suction, lipectomy, or lipo, is a type of cosmetic surgery that breaks up and ‘sucks’ fat from the body,” explains Medical News Today. “It is often used on the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, neck, chin, upper and backs of the arms, calves, and back.”
The surgery removes the fat through a long tube known as a cannula, which is inserted into an incision in the skin to access fat. Liposuction is capable of removing significant quantities of fat at once. While this can have amazing results across the torso and upper legs, it cannot deal with major obesity and is not a substitute for a healthy weight loss program.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
The tummy tuck is also known as abdominoplasty. It is also an invasive surgical procedure. Specifically, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, it “removes excess fat and skin and restores weakened muscles to create a smoother, firmer abdominal profile.”
Physicians cut open the abdomen, remove the extra tissue, and then pull the remaining tissue closed again and suture it in place, creating a firmer and more streamlined physique. Note that as with liposuction, this is not a substitute for a healthy weight loss program.
Can You Combine the Two?
Yes. In fact, if you plan to get the two, you should combine them. You are already paying for the operating room, the surgeon’s time and the expense of anesthesia, so you can save a good deal of money by scheduling both surgeries at once. Abdominoplasty makes it even easier to perform effective liposuction and enhances the visual results, so ask your doctor about how to combine the two. Both surgeries take between 4-8 weeks to heal from, so you can also halve the recovery time involved if you do the surgeries at separate times.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Liposuction, Tummy Tuck or Both?
Most men who have generally good health are good candidates for the tummy tuck. However, there are some qualifications:
- You must be done losing weight. As you continue to diet and exercise to reach a healthy body weight, your body will continue to change. It’s best to put off surgery until you have mostly reached your goals and are simply dealing with a few trouble spots. If you have not yet plateaued, wait on getting surgery.
- You can maintain a healthy lifestyle. Liposuction works by removing fat cells, while abdominoplasty removes excess tissue. However, remaining fat cells can still expand to store fat, while remaining skin and muscle can still loosen. If you do not maintain your lifestyle, you will fail to maintain the results of your surgery. That’s a waste of time, money and bodily stress.
- You don’t smoke. Smoking disrupts wound healing, restricts blood flow and increases your risk of infection. If you can’t commit to quitting for at least a month before and a month after the surgery, don’t schedule it. Ideally, you could use this as a good excuse to stop!
- You shouldn’t have complicating factors, such as blood clotting or heart issues. Your primary care physician can answer some of these questions, but the best thing to do is ask an expert.
Would you like to learn more about liposuction and tummy tuck? San Francisco Plastic Surgery of Dr. Sieber would love to help you out. Our friendly team will help you set up an appointment for a consultation, discuss the liposuction and tummy tuck options, as well as how it works to combine the two. If you’re ready to stop feeling insecure and start loving who you see in the mirror, it’s time to get in touch today!
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- Tummy Tuck. (2019). Retrieved from https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/tummy-tuck