Body contouring procedures are a great way to attain your aesthetic body goals, especially when you are trying to correct imperfections that are unresponsive to, or cannot be fixed with, diet and exercise. For women and men alike, the abdomen, waist, and hips tend to accumulate stubborn fat that is difficult to lose. If you are considering a cosmetic procedure to help you get a slimmer waist and a flatter abdomen, you may be deliberating: VASER liposuction vs. tummy tuck. Both surgeries will make you look leaner and more toned, but which is best for you? Understanding the benefits and limitations of both procedures will help you determine which one will best meet your needs and ensure you get optimal results!
The Procedure – VASER Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck
VASER (Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance) liposuction is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses the power of ultrasound energy to heat up fat cells and gently remove them. VASER liposuction is great for creating definition because it removes both superficial and deep fat, revealing underlying muscles for a tighter, more athletic appearance. Additionally, VASER liposuction stimulates collagen and elastin production, which patients see as smoother, tighter skin after healing.
A tummy tuck is an open surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat, repairs and tightens the abdominal wall for a flatter appearance, and repositions the belly button to a natural position. A tummy tuck can also indirectly remove stretch marks with the removal of excess skin.
The Pros – VASER Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck
VASER liposuction was designed for precise fat removal which allows a skilled surgeon to remove denser fat around muscle groups, making muscles look more defined and creating a sculpted appearance.
VASER liposuction is minimally invasive. The procedure uses ultrasound frequency to shake fat cells loose before they are gently removed. Separating the fat cells ensures that the surrounding tissue is left intact, minimizing swelling and bruising, lessening discomfort, and shortening recovery time. This also makes VASER liposuction a great option for fat removal in delicate areas like the arms and back.
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that will completely transform your midsection. Sagging skin and abdominal muscle separation (diastasis recti) are common after pregnancy or extreme weight loss. In addition to removing fat, a tummy tuck removes excess skin, repairs the abdominal wall and repositions the belly button creating a slimmer waist, flatter abdomen, and taut skin. The procedure may indirectly remove stretch marks due to the removal of extra skin.
The Cons – VASER Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck
Although VASER liposuction can produce stunning results, it can not address excess skin or abdominal bulging caused by muscle separation. This procedure is ideal for a patient already at a healthy body weight with normal skin tension and a strong abdominal wall that wants permanent fat removal in trouble spots.
A tummy tuck will produce the most dramatic transformation in your midsection, but it is an invasive procedure which requires a more substantial recovery period (minimum of 2-weeks) with limited activity. This procedure is ideal for a patient that maintains a healthy body weight in the rest of the body, with the excess fat and skin contained to the abdominal area. A tummy tuck can also be combined with VASER liposuction to create a leaner body with a more fit, sculpted appearance.
What Are the Next Steps to Deciding?
Whether you have already decided to move forward or you are still contemplating liposuction vs. tummy tuck, the next step is to schedule a one-on-one consultation with an expert experienced with VASER liposuction. Dr. Lohner will discuss your aesthetic goals, answer all your questions, and work with you to create a customized treatment plan. Call (610) 519-0600 to schedule your consultation. Dr. Ronald Lohner is an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon based in Philadelphia. He completed his undergraduate education at Dartmouth College and medical school at UMDNJ-Rutgers. Dr. Lohner holds a faculty appointment at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and his peers have selected him as a Philadelphia-area Top Doctor for the last ten years. His office is located at 919 Conestoga Road, Building I, Suite 200 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, on the Main Line.