Interested in 360 lipo without tummy tuck surgery? This is a great option for patients who have relatively tight abdominal muscles and good skin elasticity but struggle with stubborn body fat around their midsections.
In fact, there are many benefits to choosing 360 lipo without tummy tuck surgery. We’ll go over these in more detail below.
But before we dive right in, let’s more precisely define what lipo 360 (and liposuction in general) is and how it differs from tummy tuck surgery.
Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck Surgery
Although these two procedures are quite different, some people still confuse liposuction and tummy tuck surgery.
And we get it. Both are performed on the stomach (although liposuction can also be performed elsewhere on the body), both can help slim the midsection, and many people who would benefit from one might also benefit from the other.
Still, we must be able to discern the differences between these two procedures as they are not at all the same. Furthermore, it’s important that the right patient be matched with the right cosmetic surgery that can best help them.
Let’s start with liposuction.
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery that removes stubborn fat cells from specific areas of the body. It involves using a thin tube to suction out the fat.
While not a weight-loss procedure, liposuction can enhance your body shape and help smooth out hard-to-slim areas like the abdomen. For many people, spot-reducing fat is nearly impossible in some body areas — even with regular diet and exercise. Liposuction can help solve this problem.
Where Does Lipo 360 Fit in?
Now that we’ve defined what liposuction is, let’s explore the sub-procedure called “lipo 360” or “liposuction 360”.
Lipo 360 is a type of liposuction that focuses on the abdomen. Simply put, lipo 360 is liposuction performed 360 degrees (or all the way around) the abdomen. So, you’re reducing fat cells from the front of the stomach, the flanks or sides, and the back. This procedure is sometimes referred to as circumferential liposuction.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
First and foremost, tummy tuck surgery aims to get rid of excess skin and excess fat on the abdomen (most tummy tuck surgeries include at least some liposuction). Tummy tuck surgery can also tighten the underlying abdominal muscles.
Loose skin may accumulate on the stomach due to extreme weight loss, past pregnancies, or aging. Separated abdominal muscles can be caused by similar issues. Depending on the severity of the excess skin, a surgeon may recommend only a mini tummy tuck or, for more extensive excess skin, a traditional or even extended tummy tuck.
But often, it’s difficult for patients to discern on their own whether the excess bulk on their stomachs is skin, fat, or both. This is why it’s important to meet with a surgeon for a physical exam.
Is Lipo 360 Better Than Tummy Tuck Procedures?
Technically, there is no “better” when it comes to these procedures. Instead, it’s about what will work. What will solve your problems? Either procedure can achieve amazing results, and both procedures are commonly performed and well-established.
With that said, if you do not require skin removal because of loose or excess skin or the tightening of your abdominal muscles, you should not get a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck is major plastic surgery. Though they can be well-concealed, you will have minimal scarring after this surgery. If liposuction 360 will suffice to correct your aesthetic concerns, then opt for 360 lipo without a tummy tuck.
On the other hand, if you know you need to remove excess skin, you should not try to solve your concerns by just removing unwanted fat with lipo 360. You may get a slight benefit, but in the end, you’ll achieve fat removal only, and you’ll still be left with cumbersome excess skin, wrinkles, and stretch marks.
Pros and Cons of Lipo 360 Without Tummy Tuck Surgery
Benefits of Lipo 360 Alone
To begin with, lipo alone (even lipo 360) is a far less invasive procedure when compared with tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty). You’ll have fewer risks and a lower cost with lipo 360 only.
Likewise, recovery times tend to be shorter with liposuction than with abdominoplasty. Tummy tuck surgery requires more significant incisions in order to achieve the desired body shape. This also means more scarring and more discomfort as you heal. Learn about what to expect with lipo 360 before and after surgery.
Benefits of Lipo 360 With a Tummy Tuck
Combining lipo 360 with a tummy tuck offers several significant benefits. The approach not only eliminates stubborn fat deposits and trims the waistline, but it also addresses excess skin and muscle laxity in the abdominal area.
Liposuction 360 always complements a tummy tuck by enhancing the overall contour of the midsection and providing more comprehensive results. But remember that you always must consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to determine if lipo 360 with or without a tummy tuck is the right option for you and your specific goals.
FAQ: Lipo 360 without Tummy Tuck
Do you need tummy tuck with lipo 360?
No, not necessarily. If you only want to reduce stubborn pockets of abdominal fat, you can opt for lipo 360 alone and not undergo a tummy tuck procedure.
Will my stomach be flat after lipo 360?
Yes, for most patients, a flatter tummy can be achieved with lipo 360.
Can you get a BBL lipo 360 without tummy tuck?
Yes, a BBL lipo 360 is quite a common procedure. It removes unwanted fat from the front, back, and sides of the abdomen for a snatched waist, while accentuating the hips and buttocks to create an hourglass figure. If you do not have sagging skin or excess loose skin on the abdomen, you will not need a tummy tuck with a lipo 360 BBL.
Who’s a good candidate for lipo 360 or tummy tuck surgery?
For either of these procedures, patients should be free from major medical conditions and in good physical health. Being at or near your ideal body weight is optimal. Non-smokers are preferred. Tummy tuck candidates must require excess skin removal on their abdomens. Liposuction patients must have excess fat they want removed.
What does 360 lipo without tummy tuck cost?
Always meet with plastic surgeons directly if you want accurate cost estimates for surgery. A quote for this procedure would depend on numerous factors.
Set Up Your Consultation Appointment Today
Stubborn fat deposits on your midsection that you’d like to get rid of? Not sure if you need lipo 360 or a tummy tuck or both?
Your first step should be to set up a consultation appointment with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Schulman of Schulman Plastic Surgery NYC.
Well-known body contouring expert Dr. Schulman will talk with you and perform a physical examination to determine which of these procedures is best for your anatomy and desired outcome. You’ll have a chance to discuss your concerns and goals and choose a surgical plan that you feel comfortable with.
Call today to schedule your initial consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.