Two of the most popular and effective procedures that address excess abdominal fats are Vaser Liposuction and Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck. Fats in the tummy are a common problem area for many questions, “What are the differences between the two procedures?” and “Which one is right for me?” So should you have Vaser Liposuction or a Tummy Tuck? Depending on the different candidates and the very different results desired, here are the key points between the two for a flatter tummy.
Vaser Liposuction: It is a body contouring treatment that uses ultrasound technology to remove excess fatty tissues from areas of the body, stimulate collagen growth, and shape the body without any skin dimpling. Tummy Tuck: It is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess fat tissue and sagging or loose skin from the abdomen by tightening the abdominal muscles to create a stronger, flatter stomach.
Vaser Liposuction: It is a day procedure performed under twilight sedation (or a mild dose of sedation). The cosmetic surgeon will create small incisions in the targeted areas of the body and insert a cannula to gently suction up the excess fat cells and shape the body. Tummy Tuck: It is a hospital procedure. Patients need to be placed under general anesthetic before incisions are made. The excess skin and stubborn fat from hip to hip is removed. Patients may need to remain in the hospital for a couple of days following the surgery.
Vaser Liposuction: Since it is performed under twilight sedation, it is a less invasive cosmetic in comparison to Tummy Tuck. Tummy Tuck: The procedure involves great incisions and loose skin is removed and reattached. It is a more complex surgery that requires general anesthesia.
Vaser Liposuction: It starts at $4,400.00 depending on the number of areas treated and the extent of the excess fat removal. Tummy Tuck: It is a more expensive surgical procedure starting at $12,000.00 due to the need for hospitalization, general anesthesia, surgical staff, and greater complexity.
Vaser Liposuction: Patients have shorter downtime. Most can resume their usual activities within 2-7 days. However, compression garments are required for 5-6 weeks to support the healing process. Tummy Tuck: Patients need 2-4 weeks of recovery time. There will be adjustments to their daily activities and exercise to allow for the skin to heal adequately.
Vaser Liposuction: Patients have minimal scarring due to the small incisions. Tummy Tuck: Patients have a larger scar extending from hip to hip. In both cases, the cosmetic or plastic surgeon will strategically place the incisions to make them less obvious and over time the scars may fade.