Women who go through one, or more pregnancies often become self-conscious of their bodies due to weight gain and skin stretching. These are perfectly natural side effects associated with pregnancy, and both can be addressed with simple cosmetic surgery procedures. Before deciding to undergo a cosmetic procedure, women should understand differences in liposuction vs tummy tuck operations.
While human skin has an amazing ability to heal itself because of elasticity, things like pregnancy can radically alter appearances. Even if a woman has relatively little weight gain and stretching during her term carrying a baby, her skin will most likely take the brunt of any lasting body composition changes. This is why tummy tucks and liposuction are both viable options to restore a youthful look.
Tummy tuck surgery involves removing and realigning skin in the abdominal, chest, hip, and back areas. Sometimes, pregnancies cause skin to stretch permanently leaving horrible stretch marks and sagging portions. Removing and grafting specific portions of skin can create a tighter look to the midsection. This operation requires anesthesia, surgical cutting, and a lengthy recovery period. There is also the potential for scarring, but overall body shape and skin tightness is recovered. Usually, tuck operations include incisions that align with natural contours of the body, so any scars are well hidden.
As traditional tummy tucks involve the entire abdominal region, a mini tummy tuck only addresses specific points of concern on the body. These include tightening of the belly button profile, the “muffin top,” and problem fatty pelvic regions. Mini tummy tuck surgeries are a great alternative for women who have consulted with a cosmetic physician and want a tuck, but know they only require a slight body alteration.
Liposuction is quite different than a tuck, but in recent years it has become synonymous with the more invasive surgical procedure. Instead of removing and altering skin, liposuction removes fat cells from underneath the skin. Various heating and chemical catalysts are employed to remove fat cells. During this procedure a tube is inserted under the skin, while a machine agitates fats cells and removes them using a powerful suction. This operation leaves no large scars, radically alters the body’s profile, and only requires a short period for recovery.
Both tummy tucks and liposuction are viable options for women who cannot recover a desired body appearance after pregnancy. Surgeons who can perform these procedures will likely recommend a period of diet and exercise to reduce fat and skin problems before clearing a woman for surgery. Both procedures however, are safe and can vastly improve a woman’s personal image.