Whether you’re post-partum or mid-menopause, body changes of the mid-section variety can hit you like a hammer, and shifting weight can feel like an impossible feat. No matter how many stomach crunches, spin classes, or juice diets you embark on, it simply doesn’t budge.
“Outward aesthetics can be a projection of confidence, and we are lucky to live at a time in which advanced procedures can remove obstacles that stop us feeling good about ourselves,” says Dr Rohan Page. “I receive countless enquiries, especially from women, who worry about their mid-sections and want to know if liposuction and tummy tucks are effective solutions. I’m happy and confident to say, they most certainly are.”
Successfully removing weight from problem areas like the abdomen and hips, both surgeries address issues that no amount of dieting or exercise can. “They’re a godsend for women with overstretched abdominal muscles and sagging skin caused by weight fluctuations, ageing, and pregnancy,” he says. “It’s important, however, to know the difference between the two, and how they can effectively work together.”
So what is liposuction?
Liposuction removes isolated fat deposits through small incisions, a cannula, and a surgical vacuum to aesthetically enhance and recontour fat-prone areas, like hips, chest and abdomen. “It’s ideal for those who have good muscle tone and skin elasticity and sit around their target weight,” says Dr Page. “It removes those last stubborn fat deposits that no amount of jogging or dieting can eliminate, and its few side effects, like bruising and swelling, all but vanish within two to four weeks.”
And a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) works by cutting away extra skin, then stitching the stomach closed, so the abdomen has a firm, flat and tight appearance.
“It’s a brilliant procedure for removing excess fat and skin and tightening loosened abdominal muscles for a smooth stomach,” says Dr Page. “It’s also effective for removing a pannus stomach (or mother’s apron), which is when the belly and fat surrounding the internal organs expands due to weight gain or pregnancy.”
More invasive than liposuction, a tummy tuck requires an incision to tighten abdominal muscles. As a result, there is a longer recovery time and visible scarring, but it’s not easily seen with the incision made discreetly below the bikini line.
“Nothing removes fat and skin and tightens the midriff like a tummy tuck,” Dr Page says. “It’s hugely successful for those who have lost considerable weight through dieting and exercising, and for women who have stretched, sagging skin, or a protruding belly caused by one or more pregnancies.”
Can I have both procedures at the same time?
Depending on your goals, liposuction and a tummy tuck can be performed during the same surgery, effectively sculpting and shaping the tummy for improved definition and a taut appearance. The liposuction procedure eliminates fat cells, and the tummy tuck part removes any excess skin. Combined, there is an extended recovery period, but svelteness (and self-esteem) is restored for an aesthetic result nothing short of spectacular.
04 October 2021
Written by Elizabeth Clarke