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Tummy Tuck or Liposuction: Which Is the Better Solution for Your Muffin Top?

Belly bulge, muffin top, middle-aged spread, the mom pooch. These are all names for excess belly fat, but regardless of what you call the fat, excess belly fat affects your body in many ways. Not only does excess abdominal fat make it harder to zip up a pair of skinny jeans, but too much belly fat can negatively affect your hormone levels, according to Harvard Health.

Losing the bulge is important for both cosmetic and health reasons. Diet and exercise are the pillars of fat loss, but they aren't your only tools. Cosmetic procedures such as tummy tucks and liposuction can remove unwanted fat and enhance your shape.

At Best Impression Med Spa, board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Robert Mirabile and Dr. Vivian Hsu are happy to offer two solutions for eliminating your muffin top: tummy tucks or liposuction. Learn more about the many benefits of cosmetic body sculpting, and explore your options for eliminating stubborn body fat. 

Finding the right cosmetic treatment 

A tummy tuck — officially called an abdominoplasty — and liposuction are both cosmetic surgeries designed to remove unwanted body fat from targeted areas. Although they both have the same end goal of enhancing your silhouette and slimming down your midsection, they are two dramatically different procedures. 

You don’t necessarily have to choose one or the other. If you opt for a tummy tuck, liposuction can be added to your treatment plan for even more impressive results.

A tummy tuck might be right for you if … 

Although a tummy tuck is more invasive than liposuction, abdominoplasty can provide more benefits than simple fat removal. During a tummy tuck, Dr. Mirabile or Dr. Hsu can remove excess skin. It’s even possible to tighten up your abdominal muscles!

Consider a tummy tuck if:

Both men and women are eligible for tummy tucks, but abdominoplasty is not recommended for women who plan to become pregnant in the future.

Liposuction might be right for you if … 

If you aren’t ready to commit to invasive surgery, you aren’t out of options. Though liposuction does require small incisions, this procedure isn’t as invasive an abdominoplasty. During liposuction, one of our skilled surgeons gently suctions away the unwanted fat that lies between your muscles and skin.

Liposuction might be the way to banish your muffin top if:

Another advantage of liposuction is that it isn’t limited to your muffin top. Liposuction can suction away fat from many parts of your body, including the arms, back, hips, and buttocks.

Which is the best solution for your muffin top?

Deciding on a cosmetic procedure, especially one that requires significant downtime, can be overwhelming, but you’ll never have to make this decision alone.

Dr. Mirabile and Dr. Hsu and our skill estheticians are proud to offer a range of surgical options (as well as nonsurgical options), so you can rest assured that your treatment plan is customized just for you.

When you’re ready to say goodbye to your muffin top, call our Blue Bell, Pennsylvania office at 610-272-8821 to book your consultation, or simply use our easy online booking system.

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