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Tummy Tuck vs. Laser Lipo

by Dr. Daniel Lin

Tummy Tuck vs. Laser Lipo

Accumulation of excess fat deposits in the waist region is a common concern for both women and men in the US. A protruding belly can spoil the body contours and compromise the overall aesthetic appearance. Tummy tuck cosmetic surgery and laser liposuction are two proven and effective solutions to reducing the stubborn abdominal fat and regaining a flatter and firmer tummy.

Dr. Daniel H. Lin is a highly trained and experienced plastic surgeon providing both these procedures to patients in West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and surrounding communities. Depending on the patient’s needs, Dr. Lin will recommend the most appropriate procedure.

Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck cosmetic surgery is usually recommended to individuals who are either recovering from a substantial weight loss or seeking to regain their pre-pregnancy abdominal figure. Dr. Lin will provide a customized abdominoplasty according to the patient’s anatomy and personal aesthetic goals. Some patients may require a full abdominoplasty, while others may only need a mini tummy tuck surgery to achieve the desired results.

Full tummy tuck surgery may also include tightening of underlying abdominal muscles, if they have become lax and are causing the abdomen to sag. Loose skin will be excised as a part of tummy tuck surgery, and the weak or separated muscles will be tightened. The technique chosen may be full, partial, or circumferential abdominoplasty.

In case of full abdominoplasty, the results can be dramatic in terms of fat and skin reduction as well as tightening of underlying muscles from the upper and lower abdomen. The procedure may be combined with liposuction for fat removal. Repositioning of the navel may also be involved in this procedure. On the other hand, partial tummy tuck is a moderate procedure, which will avoid navel incision, and will be relatively less invasive with smaller incisions.

As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Lin provides tummy tuck to suitable candidates in West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and nearby areas.

Laser Liposuction

Laser assisted liposuction can be used to improve abdominal contours and achieve similar goals as tummy tuck surgery in some cases. Advanced laser technology can be applied to achieve more targeted fat reduction results in a less invasive manner. Laser lipo technique is designed to disintegrate unwanted fat cells in the tummy area by using a special laser-tipped surgical instrument.

This technique, called SmartLipo, can be performed only using local anesthesia. Highly precise surgical approach will cause less trauma to the surrounding healthy tissue, nerves, and blood vessels. Another innovative laser assisted liposuction to reduce abdominal fat is ProLipo. This technique involves the use of fiber delivered laser energy to the deeper fat layers. The procedure can be performed using tumescent local anesthesia.

Laser liposuction procedure is limited only to reducing excess fat tissue from the abdomen or other areas. However, if the abdominal skin or muscles are sagging, the patient may need tummy tuck surgery or a combination of tummy tuck and laser lipo.

Click here to learn more about all the plastic surgery procedures and treatments cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Lin performs for patients in and around Pasadena, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, West Covina, Inland Empire, and San Gabriel Valley. Call today to schedule a consultation 626.810.6165 or click here.

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