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Which is Right for You: Tummy Tuck or Liposuction?

Posted on February 22, 2017 by: Dr. Rocheford

Many patients suffer from a flabby stomach, and wish to eliminate excess fat and skin with a cosmetic procedure. However, not all fat removal procedures are the same. If you are considering a tummy tuck or liposuction procedure, but are not sure which one is right for you, read on for some helpful tips.  Dr. Rocheford is a leading plastic surgeon in Minneapolis and gives her opinion on the topic.

You May Need a Tummy Tuck If:

If you have recently experienced pregnancy or extensive weight loss, a tummy tuck may be for you. Patients with a notable amount of sagging skin on their abdomen, as well as protruding or weak abdominal muscles, are often good candidates. Complete abdominal muscle repair is only possible through a tummy tuck.  Some patients may also consider a mini tummy tuck in Minneapolis.

You May Need Liposuction If:

If you are dealing with stubborn areas of excess fat around your midsection that cannot be eliminated with diet and exercise alone, liposuction in Minneapolis may be a great choice for you. It is important to remember that liposuction cannot treat large areas of sagging skin or stretch marks. In some cases, patients with small amounts of excess skin on their abdomen will first receive liposuction, and then wait a few months to see if a tummy tuck is needed.

In general, patients should have good skin elasticity for optimal results for both of these procedures. In some cases, a tummy tuck can be done simultaneously with liposuction to slim and contour the body. However, if large amounts of fat and skin need to be removed, these procedures should be staged.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rocheford provides a selection of plastic surgery procedures of body. If you are interested in a tummy tuck in Minneapolis or liposuction in St.Paul, contact us today at  651-968-1294 to schedule a consultation.

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