What is a tummy tuck?
An abdominoplasty is a major surgical procedure requiring general anesthesia, and involves liposuction and excision to remove fat, plus a large excision of skin. The typical result is usually a flatter tummy, lax abdominal muscles can be surgically tightened during a tummy tuck procedure.
How does abdominal liposuction differ from a “tummy tuck”?
Before the invention of liposuction, an abdominoplasty was the only surgical method for removing excessive abdominal fat. Liposuction of the abdomen removes most of the fat found under the skin and above the abdominal muscles.
What are the advantages of a tuck (compared to liposuction)?
Tummy tuck surgically removes skin with severe stretch-marks (striae-distensae). Liposuction does not remove stretch marks. A tuck can produce a flatter abdominal wall by tightening the abdominal muscles. Liposuction is appropriate for patients who have abdominal muscles that have not be excessively stretched out of shape by pregnancy.
What are the disadvantages of a hybrid tuck?
The presence of a large permanent scar extending from the pubic area to the lower abdomen to anterior hips. This is considered a major surgical procedure.
Is the cost greater than liposuction?
Tucks are approximately twice as expensive as liposuction of the abdomen. The recovery time required before a person can return to work after a tummy tuck is typically two to four times longer than after liposuction.