Oftentimes, the effects of body changes such as ageing or significant weight loss can leave individuals with an undesired result in the tummy region. In this case, there are two procedures that people will begin to look into; abdominoplasty surgery (also known as a tummy tuck) or body lift surgery.
Deciding between a tummy tuck or a body lift procedure is dependent on what you require and what you are hoping to achieve.
What is a tummy tuck procedure?
An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck procedure involves removing excessive skin and excess fat from the lower abdomen area. This procedure also involves tightening the abdominal muscles in order to improve the overall shape of the area.
The abdominoplasty surgery involves a section of tissue from the lower abdomen area being removed while the abdominal walls are tightened. The incision scar extends from hip to hip. The final result from this plastic surgery is a more flattened tummy and smoother skin.
What is a body lift procedure?
A body lift procedure is a form of body contouring surgery. It involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks. This surgery is highly involved as it alters multiple areas of the body at once.
This procedure involves tissue being removed from the tummy as well as lifting the skin in the buttocks and thighs. The incision scar runs nearly the entire circumference of the belt area as well as repositioning of the belly button. The result is a smoother, more contoured body, defined thighs and buttocks, and a tighter stomach.
The difference between a tummy tuck and body lift and which procedure is right for you?
Which procedure is more beneficial to you all depends on your individual circumstances and goals. Both of these procedures address similar concerns including loose skin, and body contour. Typically, those who are seeking to correct a smaller stubborn area of the body will seek a tummy tuck. While those who require a more involved procedure, addressing more areas will consider a body lift.
Reasons why people consider abdominoplasty:
- Post-pregnancy or post-weight loss reshaping
- Improve the shape of areas that have been resistant to diet and exercise
- To achieve a more defined waist and flatter stomach
Reasons why people consider body lift:
- Post pregnancy, post weight loss, or ageing reshaping and correction
- To improve the shape of areas that are resistant to diet and exercise and have lost elasticity
- To achieve a more defined figure
- To help with areas that sweat excessively, are difficult to maintain hygienically, cause chafing, and make it difficult to fit properly into clothes
Contact Associate Professor Dean White
The best way to determine which procedure is right for you is by having consultations with experienced and qualified plastic surgeons.
Associate Professor Dean White is experienced and knowledgeable with both procedures. His opinion will be able to help determine whether or not you require plastic surgery as well as which procedure would be more suited to you.
If you are interested in learning more about your options for a tummy tuck in Melbourne or a body lift in Melbourne, feel free to get in contact with our friendly team today.