Tummy tuck or liposuction?
Although both procedures give you a more attractive figure, they differ significantly in how they are conducted. For example, surgeons specializing in tummy tucks focus on removing excess skin and fat around your abdominal area, and then contouring that area. In addition, a tummy tuck may help firm up weakened muscles responsible for a sagging tummy.
When you are looking at liposuction versus a tummy tuck, liposuction can be applied to most parts of the body, with the hips, thighs and abdomen being the most popular sites for the procedure. Using a hollow tube called a cannula and a suction device called an aspirator, doctors performing liposuction remove excess fat by sliding the cannula back and forth until fat cells fall apart and disintegrate enough to be sucked out by the aspirator.
Tummy tucks and liposuction procedures are major surgeries involving general anesthesia, lengthy recovery times, bruising, numbness and the potential for bleeding and infection. Additionally, liposuction and tummy tuck patients have reported asymmetrical contouring (uneven removal of fat), scarring and denting or dimpling of skin following tummy tuck or liposuction surgery.
To avoid the possibility of unsatisfactory results, people wanting to banish stubborn fat deposits have been relying on alternative techniques to fat removal and body sculpting purposes.
Laser-Assisted Body Contouring: Smartlipo and BodyFX
Offered by Synergy Wellness Center, Smartlipo permanently gets rid of abdomen, neck and thigh fat that can’t be removed through diet and exercise. Smartlipo also tightens sagging skin via a process called “soft tissue coagulation”, which eliminates the potential for dimpling and denting.
Advantages of Smartlipo over a tummy tuck or traditional liposuction include:
- Minimal downtime and recovery — Smartlipo is a one-visit procedure performed in our office.
- Only local anesthesia is needed — You remain awake during the procedure but feel little-to-no discomfort.
- No stitches — The necessary incision is the size of a pen tip.
- Small cannula — A high-energy laser beam liquefies fat cells, which are then removed via gentle suction.
- No hospital stay — You can go home the same day you have Smartlipo performed.
Synergy Wellness Center also provides BodyFX, an advanced, radiofrequency-assisted method of fat removal that destroys fat cells and tightens skin with radio frequency energy. BodyFX provides better results than i-Lipo because of its ability to exert precise heating to areas where fat cells are stored. In addition, patients receiving BodyFX treatments do not have to exercise following a treatment session, unlike i-Lipo technology which requires patients to increase metabolism after each treatment through exercise.
To learn more about the benefits of Smartlipo and BodyFX, contact Synergy Wellness Center today.