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Body Lift Vs. Tummy Tuck: Which Is Right for You?

A Women’s Plastic Surgery Blog Post about Body Contouring from Southlake, TX

Body contouring gets so confusing because of all the different terms used. If you’re concerned about your midsection, you’re reading the right post.

Our plastic surgeon recommends procedures based on your unique body and aesthetic goals. Rarely are these procedures or operations done the same way each time. You get the best results when the procedure is uniquely adapted to your body.

Tummy tucks are known as “abdominoplasties.” They remove extra skin from your tummy, tighten it, and give it a flatter appearance. It is the most powerful way to tighten your tummy and the results can be significantly better than any of the non-invasive technologies that are out there.

For the most part, this procedure affects the front of your body. But it can be used to help the sides of your body too. If you have a “pooch,” which forms because of separated abdominal muscles, stitching them back together during surgery tapers your waist in more.

An extended tummy tuck procedure tightens skin further onto your sides than a standard tummy tuck. The extra skin removal leaves a longer scar that still hides in clothing.

Liposuction is often combined with tummy tucks to get better results. Dr. Vennemeyer often uses a technique he calls “360 Lipo” to remove fat circumferentially around the waist and core area.

Body Lifts Work for Your Back Too

In the cosmetic surgery profession, we call a body lift a “circumferential abdominoplasty.” The incisions for the surgery are made entirely around your waist.

If you’ve lost a lot of weight and have that “donut” of extra skin around your midsection, this may be the right procedure for you.

Not only does this procedure eliminate that extra skin, but it can also improve the appearance of your thighs and butt by simultaneously lifting these areas. If you’re like many people who have lost a significant amount of weight, you have some extra skin on your back side that would benefit from being tightened up a little.

To get the best results for this type of procedure, it’s good for you to be at or near your ideal weight. After body contouring procedures, most of our patients tell us they feel much better about themselves and fit into the clothes they’ve wanted to wear for years.

Schedule a consultation with us, and we’ll be happy to help you form a plan suited especially for your unique body and aesthetic goals.