Long Island Press
As we all know, obesity can cause significant health risks. But even being just slightly overweight can add to your discomfort, especially during the hot summer months. A controlled diet and exercise are the best ways to keep in shape. However, as you get closer to your ideal weight, you may desire more defined body contouring.
As the name suggests, body contouring involves reshaping undesirable areas of your body. The two most common body contouring techniques are liposuction and abdominoplasty.
What is liposuction?
Liposuction is the most common plastic surgery procedure performed in the United States. Liposuction removes localized areas of fat through very small incisions and is followed by rapid recovery. Liposuction has replaced incisional body contouring surgery in most instances. However, if you have loose or excess skin, liposuction may not be the ideal procedure. Traditional body contouring operations such as abdominoplasty or thigh- lift might be a better surgical option.
Why is liposuction performed?
Liposuction can slim your hips and thighs, flatten your abdomen, shape your calves and ankles or eliminate a double chin. Liposuction is especially useful for women and men who are of relatively normal weight but have isolated pockets of fat that cause certain areas of their body to appear disproportionate. These localized fat deposits may be an inherited trait and not responsive to dieting or exercise. Liposuction may be the only way to eliminate these fat deposits.
Who can have liposuction?
While it is possible to undergo liposuction at almost any age, you will obtain the best results if your skin still has enough elasticity to achieve a smooth contour following fat removal. Liposuction should not be considered a substitute for overall weight loss, nor is it an effective treatment for cellulite.
What is abdominoplasty?
Better known as a “tummy tuck,” abdominoplasty is an operation performed to improve abdominal contour. This procedure is performed when the patient has stretch marks, skin excess or weakening of the abdominal muscles.
Women and men who have loose abdominal skin and fat that is concentrated in the abdomen can benefit from abdominoplasty. Sometimes these conditions are inherited. In other instances, substantial weight loss may cause abdominal skin to become loose. Abdominoplasty also can tighten muscles that have been separated and weakened by pregnancy.