Body contouring is a great way to put the finishing touch on your diet and exercise efforts. Whether you are looking to sculpt a few isolated problem spots or create a whole new look to the midsection, Dr. Kaweski at Aesthetic Arts Institute has solutions to help you meet your aesthetic goals. Two of the most popular, liposuction and tummy tucks, offer different results that patients need to understand fully before choosing the best procedure for their specific needs.

Fat Sculpting with Liposuction

Stubborn fat deposits around the midsection can interfere with your overall body contour. No matter how many crunches you do or desserts you skip, you just can’t seem to lose those extra bulges. Liposuction is the right choice for isolated fat pockets, using a narrow tube and gentle suction device to eliminate fat cells from the body.

Midsection Trimming with Abdominoplasty

Perhaps you have lost a significant amount of weight or went through nine months of pregnancy and your body just hasn’t been the same since. In addition to excess tissue that will not go away with diet and exercise, you may have loose, hanging skin that is affecting your trim body profile and keeping you from wearing your smaller sizes. In this case, abdominoplasty or a tummy tuck may be needed to sculpt the midsection and give you a flatter, trimmer waistline.

Comparing Procedures

Liposuction and abdominoplasty are two very different procedures. Liposuction is generally performed on an outpatient basis, using either local or general anesthesia. Incisions are relatively small, so post-operative scarring is minimal.

Tummy tucks are always performed under general anesthesia. The incision typically extends from hip to hip, so post-operative scarring is much more noticeable. Dr. Kaweski places the incision in a strategic location where it will be hidden under clothing. A pain pump is also inserted at the time of surgery to aid in the relief of post op pain.

Comparing Recovery and Results

Recovery from liposuction procedures generally takes one week or less. Patients will see results following the procedure, which will continue to improve as the body heals. The body contour will appear smoother and sleeker without those extra bulges to mar the profile.

Tummy tucks typically take 6-8 weeks of recovery time, although patients may be able to return to light activities within a couple of weeks. The results will become apparent once the initial healing has taken place. The midsection will appear firmer and more toned, giving you a slimmer overall profile.

Both tummy tucks and liposuction are considered permanent methods of body contouring, as long as a healthy weight is maintained after surgery. To learn more about these procedures or find out which body contouring option is right for you, contact Aesthetic Arts Institute at (619) 464-9876.