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Liposuction or Tummy Tuck: How Do I Know Which Is More Appropriate?

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For many patients, the lower abdomen often remains a major cosmetic concern in spite of a healthy diet and routine exercise. When you spend a significant amount of time and energy eating well and working out, frustration at stubborn pockets of fat or lingering excess skin can develop. Fortunately, our extensively trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani, offers two body contouring procedures that can effectively create the silhouette you have been working toward.

If there is a layer of fat around your midsection that seems resistant to traditional methods of weight loss, liposuction may be the ideal procedure. Also used to slim areas of the body such as the arms, chin, flanks (hips), or knees, liposuction often can effectively remove unwanted fat for a slimmer appearance. In addition, Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani can use an ultrasound-assisted technique to protect the healthy surrounding tissues from unnecessary damage.

A tummy tuck is typically reserved for patients who are at or near their ideal weight but have excess skin around the midsection. This procedure also allows Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani to tighten the underlying muscles of the abdomen. Women who have undergone one or more pregnancies can greatly benefit from a tummy tuck, as these underlying muscles are often stretched or torn as a result. In some cases, Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani may suggest combining a tummy tuck with liposuction for a more comprehensive mommy makeover.