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

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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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