When it comes to slimming your figure, it seems as though there’s a myriad of options out there for you. There is no shortage of companies offering minimally and non-invasive techniques to melt your fat away. The most popular of which is SmartLipo, a minimally -invasive liposuction procedure that utilizes laser energy to melt away fat cells and slim your figure. On the other end of the spectrum, there’s the tried and true tummy tuck to definitively flatten and sculpt your mid-section – and right now, you’re not sure which procedure is the right one for you.
At Song Plastic Surgery in Irvine, California – also serving the greater Orange County area – Kyle Song, M.D. specializes in both tummy tuck and liposuction procedures. Each of these procedures has its own particular advantages as well as limitations, and depending on your body type and goals for enhancement, we will recommend the proper technique for you.
Here is a brief overview of the differences between the two to determine which procedure is best for you at Song Plastic Surgery:
A tummy tuck surgery combines liposuction of the flanks and love handles with direct excision of abdominal skin and fat, as well as abdominal muscle tightening suturing. The tummy tuck procedure has been around for quite some time, and is the best option for patients who have a significant amount of weight in the mid-section. This can include women who have had multiple pregnancies, stretched-out abdominal muscles, men with larger stomachs, and patients who have a significant amount of excess skin after weight loss. In addition to these deciding factors, a tummy tuck may be right for you if you have darker skin tones, as SmartLipo is not as effective on darker pigments (these pigments absorb much of the energy that is meant for the fat cells).
Liposuction is a minimally-invasive treatment that can effectively sculpt specific areas on the body. However, liposuction is typically best for patients who are only in need of body contouring, not significant skin or fat removal. Also, liposuction is best on patients with fair skin tone and good elasticity of the skin.
No matter which option you choose – be it liposuction or a tummy tuck procedure – you can find the cosmetic procedure of your choice at Song Plastic Surgery in Irvine, California.
Call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Song today: (949) 701-4454