Liposuction is not a weight-reduction plan; it is a body sculpting procedure. The ideal candidate is someone at a stable weight, but has specific areas of the body with excess fatty tissue. Many have tried to lose weight to address these problem areas, but have not been successful. A more focused approach to body sculpting is an excellent choice for these patients. For men, these problem areas tend to be the flank (spare tire), chest, or under the chin. For women, the problem areas are lateral thighs (saddlebags), inner thighs, abdomen, back, and upper and lower arm area.
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a procedure that tightens the abdominal muscles and eliminates excess skin to create a smoother, flatter look. There are different types of tummy tucks. A full abdominoplasty must be differentiated from a mini-tummy tuck or liposuction of the belly. Patients seeking a tummy tuck usually have stable weights, but have excess skin that does not contract after liposuction. Sometimes, the muscles may be weak or spread apart from several pregnancies. Dieting and exercise have not been effective and the patient feels that surgical intervention is necessary to regain their youthful shape.