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Patients often undergo plastic surgery in the interest of contouring their abdomen. Our skilled plastic surgeon, Charles Perry, MD, is proficient in numerous strategies which aim to sculpt, flatter, or otherwise improve the appearance of the abdomen – including the very popular liposuction and tummy tuck surgeries, which can both dramatically alter the appearance of this common “problem area.”

Although patients sometimes confuse these two surgeries, the truth is that they target different issues and offer unique benefits. For instance, liposuction was created to reduce isolated pockets of excess fat from various areas of the body, with the midsection being a common treatment area. It can be a great option for patients who have retained stubborn fat that won’t respond to diet and exercise.

While tummy tuck surgery can also target stubborn abdominal fat,* it was specifically developed to address excess skin and torn muscles in the midsection. Additionally, whereas liposuction uses a cannula (or suction device) to destroy fat cells, a tummy tuck involves the surgical tightening and redraping of skin, muscle, and tissue. In many cases, this makes it ideal for those who want to flatten their abdomen following pregnancy, childbirth, or significant weight loss.

One of these procedures may be better suited than the other for your unique aesthetic goals. That said, Dr. Perry frequently combines liposuction and tummy tuck surgery in order to comprehensively enhance the appearance of the abdomen. If you would like to learn more about our body contouring options, we welcome you to contact Chrysalis Cosmetics today.

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