Body Lift v. Tummy Tuck: Which Should You Choose?
As summer gets into full swing in Chicago and Arlington, Illinois, many of our patients report that they made good on their New Year’s Resolutions and lost enough weight to feel comfortable in bathing suits for the first time in many years. Unfortunately, for some of our patients, stubborn fat pockets, excess skin, and stretch marks resist even the best diet and exercise routines. For those patients who undergo massive weight loss, two of the most popular procedures are body lift and tummy tuck. Which should you choose? Continue reading to see an overview of both procedures.
A body lift procedure can produce results in several targeted areas. This body contouring procedure is best for those whose weight is stable. For full results, Dr. Kotis recommends that women who may become pregnant or people whose weight fluctuates choose another procedure. Body lifts provide the best results when patients can maintain their current weight after the procedure. During a body lit, excess skin and fat pockets are removed to slim your figure. The results will continue to develop over weeks and months. Body lifts often leave more scars than a tummy tuck due to their scope, but these scars will fade with time.
Tummy tucks provide long-lasting results for those with stomachs that remain resistant to diet and exercise. During a tummy tuck, excess fat and skin are removed to provide tighter stomach muscles and a slimmer appearance. A full tummy tuck requires only two incisions, one near the bikini line and the other around the navel, which usually leave small scars. After a tummy tuck, patients have a slimmer midsection, a more toned figure, and often increased self-confidence.
Overall, both a tummy tuck and a body lift can provide outstanding results. For those who only want to target their midsection, a tummy tuck might be a better procedure. If you have pockets of fat on your back, thighs, arms, and stomach, a body lift might be better for you. Dr. Kotis also offers a number of minimally invasive procedures that may be well suited for those looking for a procedure that will leave no scars and still provide astonishing results.
Don’t wait to achieve the toned figure of your dreams. Call Dr. Kotis today to schedule a consultation and decide which plastic surgery procedure is best for you.