Lipo 360 Vs. Tummy Tuck – Which Is Right for You?


Lipo 360 vs Tummy Tuck

Can I Get Lipo 360 Without a Tummy Tuck?

You can absolutely get lipo 360 without getting a tummy tuck. We’re not quite sure where it came from, but there is a common misconception that you must have a tummy tuck if you get lipo 360. This is false.

It is also untrue that doing one procedure without the other will render it ineffective. Each has distinct goals and is capable of standing alone. Sometimes it does make sense to combine lipo 360 with a tummy tuck and it is safe to do so. But combining these procedures isn’t right for everyone and may not be right for you.

Goals and Benefits of Lipo 360

The goal of lipo 360 is to give you a smoother and more toned torso all the way around, essentially reducing your circumference. The procedure accomplishes this by removing fat as needed from your abdomen, flanks, and back. The fat that is removed is often stubborn fat that diet and exercise don’t seem to fix. The procedure also removes fat from areas where focusing exercises is difficult, such as the flanks (love handles).

Goals and Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck is intended to give you a flatter and smoother abdomen. It accomplishes this goal by removing not just fat but also excess skin from your belly. Whether you have just a little loose skin after weight loss or a full apron belly, a tummy tuck can get rid of it and give you a sleek tummy you’ll be happy to show off at the beach or by the pool.

Major Differences: Lipo 360 Vs. Tummy Tuck

In order to understand whether you need a lipo 360, tummy tuck, or both, you must understand the differences between the procedures. One of the most important differences is that lipo 360 removes fat and only fat. Only a tummy tuck can help you if you have loose skin on your belly. The two procedures treat different areas of the body as well. Both can improve the look of your abdomen, but only lipo 360 targets other parts of your torso like bra and back rolls.

Although everyone is different, patients tend to find that recovery after lipo 360 is easier than recovering from a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck pulls the remaining skin taut, and the stomach can feel tight for several days.

Scarring tends to be more subtle with lipo 360 since the incisions are small. Although the scar from a tummy tuck is more pronounced, the incision is made as low on the abdomen as possible so you can generally hide it easily with both undergarments and swimwear.

Neither procedure is intended to reduce your weight, but you can lose a few pounds during lipo 360 since excess fat is being removed. Sagging skin is heavy, however, and some patients lose more weight after a tummy tuck than a liposuction procedure.

While you can combine lipo 360 and a tummy tuck with each other, you can only combine lipo 360 with fat transfer procedures like a Brazilian butt lift (BBL) with lipo 360. This is because liposuction removes enough fat to donate to other areas of the body. A tummy tuck does not.

Benefits of Combining Lipo 360 and Tummy Tuck

If you need both lipo 360 and a tummy tuck, combining the procedures makes sense and offers many benefits.

Enhanced Contouring & Shaping Opportunities

A tummy tuck can give you a tight and toned abdomen, but it doesn’t address other issues. Combining a tummy tuck and lipo 360 allows you to address issues throughout your entire midsection, more thoroughly enhancing your shape.

More Defined Waist-to-Hip Ratio

If you’re looking for an hourglass figure, combining these two procedures may be the ticket. Everyone wants the flatter abdomen that a tummy tuck provides, but adding lipo 360 also addresses flank and back issues. This creates a more noticeable and well-defined waist-to-hip ratio.

Single Recovery

If you’re considering both procedures, combining them allows you to undergo one surgery rather than two. This means being put under anesthesia once and having only one recovery period. It also amounts to less missed work and necessitates finding help to care for yourself and your household only once.

Improved Posture and Core Stability

During a tummy tuck, your abdominal muscles are tightened. These muscles are often weak in people who have excess abdominal fat. Removing the excess fat via liposuction, however, doesn’t repair the underlying muscle structure.

Reduction of Stretch Marks

A lipo 360 procedure removes fat only and will not alleviate stretch marks. Because a tummy tuck removes skin, however, it can remove some stretch marks. It won’t remove marks above your navel, but it may remove stretch marks along with the excess skin on your lower abdomen.

More Dramatic Results

A tummy tuck can greatly improve the look of your belly, but combining it with lipo 360 provides much more dramatic results. If you’re looking for a big transformation, combining the two procedures makes sense and can give you the wow factor you’re looking for.

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