At Piedmont Plastic Surgery, which serves patients in and around Greenwood and Greenville, South Carolina, people whose body contouring goals include a flatter, tighter, more firm-looking abdomen often pose this question to Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ted Vaughn: Should I have liposuction or a tummy tuck?
Both are procedures performed in our accredited in-office surgery suite.
Each person's medical circumstances are unique, but here are three things to consider if you're debating whether to schedule liposuction, a tummy tuck, or both:
Flat Tummy Tip No. 1:
Of the two procedures, liposuction is less invasive than a tummy tuck. Thanks to our tumescent power-assisted liposuction procedure, Dr. Vaughn can use a local anesthetic to target particular fat zones. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a more complex surgery performed while the patient is sedated.
Flat Tummy Tip No. 2:
Consider your distinct circumstances. Abdominoplasty may be most effective for people who have undergone dramatic weight loss, or women whose bodies show dramatic after-effects of pregnancy and nursing. Liposuction is often an excellent solution for patients who diet and exercise but still have difficulty improving their physique.
Flat Tummy Tip No. 3:
You may, in fact, desire both procedures. After your consultation with Dr. Vaughn, if you decide that abdominoplasty in conjunction with liposuction is the best strategy for achieving your physical goals, our surgeon can determine the best timing and approach for your concurrent procedures.
Regardless of whether you want to be bikini-ready by summer or aspire to look sharper in a business suit, our experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Ted Vaughn is ready to help you navigate your body contouring choices including liposuction or tummy tuck. To book a consultation with Dr. Vaughn, you can reach our office online through the website or call us directly at (864) 605-3151.