Tummy Tuck vs. Laser Skin Tightening
One of the easiest places where unwanted fat cells can accumulate is the abdominal area. Bulging abdomen is not just a problem confined to overweight or obese individuals, but it may also affect people with moderate body weight.
Abdominal fat can occur due to post-pregnancy conditions, hereditary factors, sedentary lifestyle, certain medications, and history of abdominal surgeries. Tummy tuck cosmetic surgery is the most effective way to eliminate unwanted fat and loose skin around the waist, if the fat cells are stubborn and do not respond to diet or exercise.
However, some patients may not be keen to opt for a plastic surgery procedure for aesthetic purposes. In such cases, the cosmetic surgeon may recommend non-surgical treatment options such as laser skin tightening. The results with such a procedure will not be as dramatic as tummy tuck, but it may serve the purpose if the patient needs only a marginal improvement in tightening the abdominal area. Dr. Hisham Seify is a board certified plastic surgeon providing both surgical and non-surgical procedures to patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and surrounding communities.
When to Choose Laser Skin Tightening?
If the patient wishes to avoid cosmetic surgery, they may consider laser skin tightening as a credible treatment option to improve the appearance of the abdominal area. However, the cosmetic surgeon may recommend this procedure only under the following circumstances:
- The patient only needs a marginal improvement in the overall appearance of the abdominal area.
- The primary concern of the patient is the excess skin around the waist region.
- In case removal of excess fat is also required, the patient is ready to combine laser skin tightening with abdominal liposuction or a mini tummy tuck procedure.
- The underlying muscles of the abdomen are not loose or separated.
- Location of the belly button does not need to be lifted.
If the abdominal skin has folds and wrinkles that make the area appear unsightly, laser skin tightening can help to restore a firmer tummy. Laser liposuction or mini tummy tuck procedures can be combined with laser skin tightening for superior results. Patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and nearby areas have an opportunity to receive these treatments from Dr. Seify, who is a well-known plastic surgeon in the region.
Tummy tuck plastic surgery or abdominoplasty may be a better choice if the abdominal area reveals stretch marks, or the presence of a significant amount of redundant skin. If the patient only needs removal of excess skin underneath the umbilicus, a partial abdominoplasty or mini tummy tuck may suffice. However, if the loose skin needs to be removed from above the umbilicus or around the navel region, the surgeon may suggest a full tummy tuck procedure.
Full tummy tuck can be used effectively to correct a substantial abdominal bulge. The surgery is designed to remove loose skin and excess fat and tighten the underlying weakened muscles. It will help flatten the bulge and improve the abdominal contours. Scarring is the only tradeoff, but the benefits are substantial in comparison to laser skin tightening.
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