Liposuction or Tummy Tuck: Which Procedure Is Right for You?

Abdomen with Measuring Tape

You’ve tried everything: fasting, dieting, exercise, probiotics, even weight-loss pills. But no matter what, you still can’t get rid of that flabby, bulgy, unappealing belly of yours. When all else has failed, it might be time to consider a surgical solution to this persistent and seemingly intractible problem. And that typically means choosing between one (or both) of two procedures: liposuction and/or tummy tuck.

Make no mistake: liposuctions and tummy tucks are surgical procedures. And like all invasive surgeries, they carry with them their own attendant set of risks (up to and including death) that go along with their potential cosmetic and long-term health benefits.

One frequent misperception that people have about these two procedures is that they are simply different avenues toward the same result: reducing the size of one’s midriff. Nothing could be further from the truth. Liposuctions and tummy tucks each have their own very different set of specific indications, purposes, treatment area focus, surgical method, recovery time, risks, and results. The one thing they do have in common is the subsequent scarring each procedure will leave behind (more on that later).

The goal of this article is to provide the basic facts that will help you—in consultation with your doctor—to decide which of these procedures (whether alone or together) is right for you.

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Five Famous Fictional Scars

Damaged and scarred book

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls;
the most massive characters are seared with scars.
― Kahlil Gibran

In the real world, populated by real people, a scar is typically considered by patients and dermatologists alike to be a clinical problem to be solved, an imperfection to be erased, or an unsightly blemish to be managed. In the world of fiction, by contrast, the appearance of a scar in a story often plays a highly functional role in helping to define a character’s personality and illuminate his or her motivations.

Illustration of Cain and Abel by William Blake

The Body of Abel Found by Adam and Eve (William Blake, 1826)

One of the earliest scars in the literary canon is mentioned in the Biblical Book of Genesis, where God is said to have “set a mark upon Cain” for the crime of killing his brother Abel before banishing him to dwell “in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.”

This “mark,” popularly thought to be a scar placed on Cain’s forehead, is echoed in John Steinbeck’s 1952 novel, East of Eden, where the brooding, violent farmer Charles Trask is marked with a dark scar on his forehead, caused accidentally while moving a boulder from his fields.

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Rejuveness Product Guide [Infographic]

Staff of Asclepius, God of Healing

The image above depicts the Staff of Asclepius, the Greek god of healing. And healing—specifically, the healing of scars—is what Rejuveness® is all about.

We want you to have perfect skin. Each product in the Rejuveness line of scar treatment solutions either provides raw materials, affects signal transduction, activates healing cascades, provides mechanical forces, or creates intercellualer enviroments that can lead to scarless or near-scarless healing. The product guide below will help you decide which is best for you.

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The Science Behind Using Derma Rollers for Effective Scar Healing

Woman examining healing scar on face

There have been a number of methods developed over the years for treating different types of scars. One of the newest and most promising is the use of derma rollers.

Covering us literally from head to toe, our skin—comprising the epidermis, basement membrane, and dermis—is the largest organ of the human body. As it is one of the few organs we (and others) can actually see with the naked eye, naturally we want it to look as youthful and attractive as possible. It’s kind of like an advertising billboard signaling our general healthiness to other people. Beauty may be only skin-deep, as they say; but as far as beauty goes, we’ll take what we can.

Among its many functions, skin also serves as our body’s first line of defense in the ongoing battle against microorganisms, ultraviolet rays, physical injury, and the myriad other “slings and arrows” of the outrageous external world. Unfortunately, over time (from the day we are born, actually) the visible outward effects of that battle accumulate on our skin in numerous ways: from old wound scars, to the acne scars of puberty, to postpartum stretch marks, to the wrinkles of old age. No one wants scars and wrinkles; but is there anything one can do about them? As it turns out, the answer is yes: with derma rolling.

Derma roller

Derma rollers like this offer a promising
new technique for scar management

To understand the science behind derma rolling and why it is proving so effective in treating various skin conditions, one must first understand a little how the skin works and, more particularly, the nature of scars.

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Amazing Scar Healing Story

A Testimonial from One of Our Customers

Last summer, I got a terrible dog bite on my face. I was pregnant at the time so going under for plastic surgery was out of the question. I decided to use your product (face cream and silicone sheet) and I had very good results.

As you can see, I went from a huge gaping wound on my face to a simple red mark that I can easily cover up with makeup, thanks to your product!

— Kelly

How Scar Management Began and Where it Stands Today

Keloids artfully carved on tribeswoman

Silicone Sheeting for Keloids and Hypertrophic Scars—by Doctor’s Prescription Only

ReJuveness silicone sheeting for problem scarring was introduced in 1996. Before that the product was marketed as Silk-Skin. Silk-Skin was a prescription-only device with whats called a FDA 510 or like device to Sil-K the silicone occlusive sheeting (Degania, Israel). The product was initially marketed to and distributed through plastic surgeons, dermatologist, burn centers, hospitals, and pharmacies. ReJuveness silicone sheeting was developed by engineers from GE Silicones, the inventors of silicone.

The Scarring Patient—Abandoned by Their Doctors: A tribute to Dr. Earl Peacock

The ReJuveness marketing breakthrough came in 1996 after contacting the teacher, plastic surgeon, and scarring expert Dr. Erle Peacock. I had read his comprehensive textbook, Wound Repair, and was more than impressed by the style and depth of writing. In short, I was a fan, probably one of his only. One day I worked up the courage to call Dr. Peacock to see if I might get any insight into the present state of the art of scar management.

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Derma Rolling: The Basics

Throughout life, stuff can happen to the skin most people don’t even realize. Whether it be scars, acne or wrinkles, the skin cannot stay flawless forever. Although there are treatments available for people, many include invasive procedures that may be out of the budget. However, there are opportunities to stay youthful through at home treatments.

derma roller and scar treatment

Derma rolling is a great at-home option for people wanting smoother skin

Derma rolling has the results of laser treatment, a chemical peel or dermabrasions, but it doesn’t come with the high costs. Additionally, derma rolling can be done at home and doesn’t have the recovery time that comes with more invasive procedures. The derma roller is studded with very fine needles, with the length of the needles depending on the cause for treatment. Users roll the device over their skin to stimulate the collagen and help repair its surface.
Collagen is what’s responsible for the skin’s elasticity, and derma rolling can help produce more, leading to smoother skin and potentially reducing the visibility of scars, wrinkles and stretch marks.

How quickly a person will see results depends on a variety of factors. For example, people who are using derma rolling for acne scars may find that the treatment could take longer to show results. Additionally, the amount of time depends on the person, as some individuals’ skin may react to derma rolling on a quicker basis than others. It may be a good idea to take a photo of the area before treatment starts in order to have a visual example of how the skin has changed during the course of treatment.

Scars and Childhood Memories

This is a post by one of our contributing writers, Ashley.

I was a klutz when I was a child. I still am a klutz today. Which means that I fall, and sometimes when I fall, I get scars. We all do. We do something silly (especially when we are younger) and end up getting a visible reminder of it.

I have been using this product for years. I have tried others but have not found anything that works better for me. There are a lot of legitimate mail-order pharmacies in this country.

There are a few men in Hollywood that can do the whole “scars are really attractive” thing, but generally scars will draw attention away from your more striking features, some other scars you can tell stories about.

But when you want to get some scar healing done and hide evidence of your childhood, teen and young adult tumbles, there are a few options that you can take advantage of. First things first, though, what kind of scar (and scar treatment options) do you have?

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C-section Scar Treatment

c-section scar management and treatmentC-section scars make many women feel self-conscious or less attractive. ReJuveness offers ways to reduce the appearance of c-section scars. Because of the unique nature of c-section incisions, they do pose a greater chance of developing into hypertrophic and keloid scars than other surgical procedures. A primary reason for this is that collagen resorption is at its greatest during the first 48 hours after a c-section is performed. During this period of time after the c-section, the uterus shrinks significantly as it returns to its normal size.

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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) for Men

Can men benefit from Abdominoplasty?

Yes, there are now many men taking advantage of Abdominoplasty for treating a large and protruding stomach or excess fat in the abdomen region.

The following instances are reasons men can significantly benefit from Abdominoplasty. Frequent or dramatic changes in weight can cause the abdominal muscles to weaken, the skin to sag, and stretch marks to appear for men. In many cases, however, simple aging is the primary reason behind the flabby midsection that is the source of frustration and disappointment for many men. As we age, fat redistributes itself to the abdominal area. For many men, exercise alone cannot produce the slim, fit, and youthful looking result they desire.

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