Should You Have a Tummy Tuck or a Liposuction?

These days, amongst patients with the presence of unwanted belly fast, one of the most common questions on their minds is whether they should undergo a tummy tuck or liposuction – of course, this is after they have already made the decision to opt for some form of cosmetic surgery beforehand. For many of these patients, according to Dr. Richard Swift, the top liposuction specialist NYC has in practice, they have already gone through a myriad of different weight loss and body contouring procedures, and methods – only to be disappointed by all the money they have spent, the false advertising that runs rampant within this industry, and how few of such procedures actually work anywhere close to as advertised. Interestingly enough, the majority of such patients have also done their best to try a rigorous diet and exercise plan as well, only to have done all that hard work, to see little to no results at all.

While for some, diet and exercise might actually work, but the fact is that with the current schedule that many of us adults keep, and issue is that we simply cant keep up with a proper regimen and be consistent enough with both the diet and exercise to see the results we want to see. I mean sure, this is purely an excuse, and while your problem areas such as your arms, hips, thighs, midsection, flanks and more might be very difficult to reduce using diet and exercise, a strong, CONSISTENT regimen for 6 months to a year, will certainly show you a decent difference – but most of us simply aren’t built for that and while we might be able to make the time if we absolutely tried, it would cause too much of an interference in our current daily lives and we couldn’t keep up with it for too long. That’s why, many men and women choose to opt for some form of cosmetic surgery in order to help them get thin and trim, and contour their body the way they want!

Plus, while there are tons of people around the United States who might be suffering from obesity or are far too overweight, patients who are looking for overwhelming weight loss, generally aren’t the proper candidates for either a tummy tuck or liposuction. As the top liposuction specialist NYC has to offer, Dr. Swift must often educate patients that liposuction and lifting procedures like abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) aren’t methods for weight loss. And while you will certainly lose some weight, that is simply the fatty tissue that is present near the surface of the skin and therefore comes off with surgery. The fact of the matter is that when it comes to a tummy tuck or liposuction, these are traditionally known as body contouring methods, that allow patients to trim and sculpt their bodies to achieve their ideal shape and size. Patients should think of these methods more so as adding the finishing touches, as opposed to removing the most amount of excess weight.

For many patients who consider a procedure like a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty, it is often because they might have recently undergone a gastric bypass or had a stapling procedure that has caused them to lose quite a bit of weight recently and they are in need of help to remove the excess skin that might still be present. The fact is that while some are certainly well versed in performing tummy tucks, you should do your research and make sure to find someone who specializes in the abdominoplasty and shows before and after images of their work – proving that it is satisfactory to what you want, and you will be able to attain the high-quality results you want with this surgeon’s help. Its important for patients who might be thinking of deciding which procedure is right for them to consider some factors, that will help to influence their decision making based on their specific needs.

· Skin Laxity

For those who have a noticeable amount of loose, hanging skin, generally following a heavy weight loss, then the tummy tuck is definitely the right choice. According to Dr. Swift, the top liposuction specialist NYC has to offer, patients with no or very minimal skin laxity can benefit from a liposuction-alone procedure in which 4-6 round incisions as small as a grain of rice are used to eliminate the fat. It is critical for the overlying skin to shrink around the new contour to achieve a smooth, natural-looking appearance.

· Muscle Laxity

Once patients have been pregnant, and possibly had a massive weight loss, their once tight abdominal walls will often become loose – leading to a bulging appearance. However, a physical evaluation is needed to determine if muscle laxity and/or fat is the underlying cause of the problem.Complete muscle repair is only possible through standard tummy tuck in which a hip-to-hip incision is used.

For more information on these highly effective body contouring procedures, be sure to contact Dr. Richard Swift today.



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