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Many women request to have the appearance of their abdomens improved but they are not sure what it is that they need. Is it a tummy tuck? Liposuction? Or something else? How does one determine what is best?

A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is designed to address the lax skin and muscles of the abdomen. This can involve minor looseness that is confined to the lower abdomen (a mini tummy tuck), lax skin that is present both above and below the umbilicus (standard or full tummy tuck), and major excess of skin that hangs down in rolls (tummy tuck or a panniculectomy). Liposuction is best reserved for women who have localized fat deposits but relatively good skin and muscle tone. Of course, there are some gray areas where either procedure can result in an improved appearance though addressing slightly different issues depending on the patient’s primary concerns. There are also some situations where both liposuction and a tummy tuck should and can be done concurrently and others where I recommend first performing liposuction followed several months later by a tummy tuck.

In order to precisely determine whether a tummy tuck, liposuction or some sort of combination would be most appropriate for you, I would need to see you in consultation. To schedule an appointment regarding an abdominoplasty, liposuction, panniculectomy or any other cosmetic surgery procedure, you can call my office at 480-451-3000.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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