Tummy Tuck vs. Laser Lipo
Excessive fat deposits in the abdominal area may occur due to heredity factors, sedentary lifestyle, disease, or other reasons. If these fat pockets become resistant to diet or exercise, the individual may need to undergo a cosmetic surgery procedure to restore a firmer and flatter tummy. Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery and laser liposuction are two popular treatments that are designed to achieve the goal of more even abdominal contours.
Dr. Bram Kaufman is a board certified plastic surgeon providing tummy tuck as well as laser lipo procedures. Dr. Kaufman will discuss various aspects of both the procedures during the initial consultation, and help the patient make an informed choice. In a few cases, he might recommend a combination of the two treatments. Dr. Kaufman receives patients from Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and surrounding communities.
Tummy Tuck Surgery
A traditional or full abdominoplasty may be well-suited for individuals who may be recovering from a major weight loss or wish to restore their pre-pregnancy abdominal appearance. An appropriate tummy tuck surgery technique will be chosen in accordance with the patient’s unique anatomical and aesthetic needs. Some patients may need a full tummy tuck cosmetic surgery, while some others may only need a mini tummy tuck.
Tightening of weak or separated underlying abdominal muscles is usually involved in a full tummy tuck procedure. Excess fat and skin will be removed from the upper or lower abdomen or both. Full, partial or circumferential abdominoplasty technique may be used. Results can be fairly dramatic with a tummy tuck body contouring procedure. As the procedure is complex, it is important to choose the right plastic surgeon with experience in such procedures.
The procedure may or may not be combined with liposuction for fat reduction. Navel repositioning is usually required in case of a full tummy tuck. Partial abdominoplasty, on the other hand, is a less invasive surgery that will avoid navel incision. Dr. Kaufman provides this procedure to patients in Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and nearby areas.
Laser lipo is an advanced fat reduction procedure that involves laser technology to achieve more targeted and less invasive outcomes. This procedure can be used to reduce excess fat tissue from the abdominal area to restore a smoother, firmer tummy. The technique involves the use of a special laser tipped surgical instrument that will be focused on the targeted areas.
The laser energy reaches into the deeper skin layers and helps to liquefy the stubborn fat cells. These fat cells are then suctioned out with a syringe or pump. This technique called SmartLipo involves only local anesthesia. Due to the high precision in this technique, surrounding healthy tissue remains unharmed.
Another laser assisted liposuction technique is called ProLipo. In this procedure, laser fibers are delivered into the deeper layers of fat using tumescent technique. Laser lipo is restricted only to reduction of excess fat tissue. In case, skin tightening in the tummy area is required, tummy tuck surgery may be better, or laser lipo can be combined with a tummy tuck.