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Is Tummy Tuck or Liposuction Better for Me?

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At 740 Park Plastic Surgery, this is one of the most popular questions asked by women and men considering body sculpting in and around the midsection. While both treatment options can be used to effectively achieve a more toned and contoured appearance in the abdominal region, the most appropriate technique will depend on the patient’s unique indications.

In general, liposuction can improve the form of the abdomen, but it will not alleviate excess skin or disruption of the abdominal muscles. As a result, it is typically a better method for targeting specific areas of fullness in individuals whose concerns are limited to excess accumulations of fatty tissue. In contrast, a tummy tuck – also called abdominoplasty – can tighten lax muscles of the abdominal wall and eliminate extra skin in the stomach region. For this reason, tummy tuck surgery is often the best option for women whose abdominal skin and muscle tissues have stretched during pregnancy, as well as for both men and women who have undergone significant weight fluctuations that have led to redundant skin and loose abdominal muscles. Should excess fat also accompany these concerns, liposuction can usually be employed during an abdominoplasty to help further shape and refine the hips and abdomen.

Ultimately, both tummy tuck and liposuction can be excellent solutions for the right patients, and candidacy should be determined by a board certified plastic surgeon who has considerable experience in both techniques. Following a thorough evaluation of your specific needs and desires, your doctor should be able to recommend the most appropriate option (or combination of methods) for you.
Stafford R. Broumand, MD

Questions to Ask Your Breast Reduction Surgeon

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For women interested in breast reduction, the consultation process provides an excellent opportunity to get to know your plastic surgeon on a personal level, as well as to gain a complete understanding of what to expect throughout all stages of the procedure based on your specific needs and aesthetic desires….

Can I Get a Breast Lift Without Noticeable Scars?

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The possibility of noticeable scarring following a breast lift (mastopexy) is a regular concern for many women interested in this breast enhancement option. Unfortunately, some degree of postoperative breast lift scarring is unavoidable, as incisions are needed to remove excess skin and elevate breast tissues to a more youthful, natural…

Recovery from a Breast Lift with Implants

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Following a breast lift with implants – also referred to as an augmentation-mastopexy – the recovery process is much like you can except when a mastopexy or breast augmentation is performed on its own. Initially, some minor bruising and/or swelling can often be expected, though these symptoms should gradually diminish…

How Do I Know If I Need a Breast Lift or Augmentation?

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A question frequently asked by patients interested in breast enhancement surgery is whether a breast lift, breast augmentation, or a combination of both would be more appropriate for their needs and goals. Though the answer will ultimately depend on the individual’s specific concerns and desired outcome, there are a few…

What Are My Breast Augmentation Incision Options?

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Women interested in receiving a breast augmentation with implants here at 740 Park Plastic Surgery have two different incision options, each of which offers unique benefits based on the patient’s specific needs and goals. These two incision options include the following: Periareolar Incision – This incision is made at the…

Pros and Cons of Anatomically Shaped Breast Implants

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Anatomic-shaped implants were initially invented for breast reconstruction after breast cancer surgery, though they have gained some popularity in recent years in cosmetic breast augmentation. Just like everything in surgery, though, there are pros and cons to the use of anatomic-shaped implants. As a board certified plastic surgeon, I have…

5 Tips to Help You Stay On Track for Your Goal

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Envisioning a positive outcome, such as an improved physical appearance, is a first step towards achieving a goal.  It is the positive “envisioning”, i.e., the internal vision in the mind’s eye, that excitedly drives us to make behavioral changes. Frequently, inevitably, there remain many challenges and obstacles, as we struggle…

How Helpful Are Online Reviews for Choosing a Plastic Surgeon?

In general, online reviews can be very helpful for choosing the right plastic surgeon; however, there are certain things to keep in mind while reading through other people’s critiques. For the most part, patients who are either extremely satisfied or dissatisfied with their outcomes are the ones who leave comments…


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