Both lipo and tummy tuck appeal to people with similar goals, but it’s important to note their differences.
Lipo is ideal for removing small fatty areas, usually on the hips, thighs, buttocks, or midsection. Lipo is not for losing weight. The right candidate should have an average weight and decent skin laxity.
Tummy tucks are ideal for those who want to get rid of excess skin and fat. It is excellent for recent mothers or anyone who has shed a lot of pounds. A flat and contoured midsection is the end goal.
If you think you’d be the right candidate for lipo or a tummy tuck, please reach out to Dr. Abramson, and we can get you set up with a consultation.
As with any surgical procedure, a consultation with your doctor is essential.
Dr. David L. Abramson understands that many patients have concerns that need to be addressed, and he encourages both his patients and their families to talk with him about those concerns upfront.
In addition to working at Lenox Hill Hospital, Dr. Abramson also has an affiliation with the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, which gives his patients more options when arranging their procedures.
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To prepare, you may be asked to:
- Get a medical evaluation.
- Quit smoking.
- Avoid anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirin, and herbal supplements
- Take certain medications, or adjust your current meds.
Lipo must be performed in a hospital, a licensed ambulatory surgical center, or an accredited office-based surgical facility.
Arrange for a friend or loved one to pick you up and drive you home after your procedure.
Tummy tucks involve the same level of preparation as a liposuction procedure.
They must also be performed in a hospital, a licensed ambulatory surgical center, or an accredited office-based surgical facility. You will also want to be driven home afterward.
Dr. Abramson performs both procedures since they require the use of anesthesia and incisions.
After administering anesthesia, Dr. Abramson will make a horizontal incision between the belly button and the pubic hairline. Once the skin has been lifted, the abdominal muscles are repaired. The skin is then pulled down, with excess skin being cut off, then sutured back together. Dr. Abramson then closes the incisions.
After administering anesthesia, Dr. Abramson will proceed to make a series of small incisions. Then, the cannula, a thin hollowed-out needle, is inserted into the incisions to remove excess fat in a back-and-forth motion. The loose fat is then suctioned out through a vacuum attached to the cannula.
Recovery is similar in both procedures. Once you’re bandaged up, your doctor will give you instructions that may include when to follow up, what medications to take, and how to care for the treated area.
It can take a couple of months for swelling to fade. When it does, your new contours will continue to evolve.
Within a week or two, the swelling should fade. A flatter, firmer, more proportional stomach is your result.
It could take a few weeks to see the final result of your liposuction. As the swelling fades, your slim new profile forms.
Studies have shown that liposuction can be safely combined with tummy tucks.
CoolSculpting is a patented fat removal technique that freezes the patient’s underlying fat cells without harming the skin’s outer layer. It is FDA-approved and safe for all ages. This treatment is ideal for those who don’t wish to go under the knife.
Mommy Makeovers restore a woman’s body to its pre-pregnancy glory through a combination of lipo, breast augmentation, and tummy tuck.
A facelift restores shape and firmness to your face by trimming lax skin and repositioning facial volume to create a smoother, more youthful, and natural-looking complexion.
The highly personalized nature of tummy tucks and lipo makes it impossible to establish generic costs for each procedure. For your financing needs, we offer the Alphaeon and Prosper credit plans.
To get a better idea of what prices would be, please set up a consultation with Dr. Abramson. He and his staff will discuss your procedure in full and answer any questions about costs and budget.
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What Is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that aims to give contour to the midsection, making it thinner, tighter, and firmer through the surgical removal of excess skin and fat.
Are Tummy Tucks Painful?
Typically, most pain is experienced post-surgery. Dr. Abramson can prescribe medications to treat the pain.
How Long Is Tummy Tuck Recovery?
Tummy tucks typically take about six weeks of recovery.
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical fat-removal process that aims to eliminate problematic fatty areas of the body by using a hollow tube attached to a suction device that punctures the skin and sucks the fat out.
What Areas of the Body Can Liposuction Treat?
Liposuction can treat the abdomen, upper arms, buttocks, calves, ankles, chest, back, hips, thighs, chin, and neck.
Is Liposuction Painful?
Recovery can be painful once the anesthesia wears off.
How Long Is Lipo Recovery?
Pain and soreness fade away around a month after your procedure. Swelling can take months to subside.
Can I combine tummy tucks & lipo with other procedures?
Yes. You can combine tummy tucks with liposuction. You can also get a combination Mommy Makeover treatment, which combines breast augmentation, lipo, and tummy tuck.
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