It’s almost a fact of life that for many of us, our abdominal regions and midsections just aren’t as flat as they used to be. Even if you’re someone who commits to a healthy diet, regular exercise, and watching your weight, areas like the tummy and love handles can still cause problems. Whether you’re working on a better beach body, or want to avoid the dreaded “muffin top” with your favorite jeans, it can be hard to know where to turn next.
Cosmetic procedures designed to sculpt the body can make a huge difference in your appearance and help you turn the corner with your appearance goals. Two popular approaches for treating the midsection are Lipo 360 and tummy tucks. If you want to know which of these procedures is better for your goals, read on to learn more about both — including the differences and the potential benefits they offer.
Each option can be appealing and beneficial depending on your individual goals. We hope the following information can enable you to make an informed and engaged decision that is best for your needs and lifestyle.
What Is Lipo 360?
Lipo 360 has become something of a buzzword in cosmetic procedures, and it gets used so much and in so many ways that it can be difficult to find out what it actually is. Also called 360 degree liposuction, Lipo 360 is an all-inclusive liposuction procedure designed to remove fat from the abdominal, midsection, waist, and even the back. As the name implies, a true Lipo 360 procedure should go all around the midsection.
Lipo 360 does not describe a particular technique or device for liposuction, and is instead more of a general term. The type of device used to perform a Lipo 360 procedure can vary, and different procedures may involve different areas and may be more inclusive than others.
Lipo 360 can be performed using the normal range of standard liposuction techniques.
Benefits of Lipo 360
The goal of Lipo 360 is to help people achieve the goal of a slimmer and smoother and smoother appearing midsection. Benefits of Lipo 360 can include:
- A smoother and more proportional appearance
- A flatter abdominal region
- Eliminates or drastically reduces love handles
- Addresses unsightly “muffin tops” that can happen with jeans, swimwear, and other favorite items of clothing
- Can be combined with separate procedures such as Brazilian Butt Lift to improve both the midsection and lower body
Innovations Medical and Dr. Bill Johnson can perform a full Lipo 360 procedure at our state-of-the-art facilities to help you achieve these and other goals.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a popular cosmetic approach for flattening and firming up the abdominal or stomach region. During the procedure, the surgeon will remove excess fat and skin, and, usually, separated or weakened muscles.
At Innovations Medical, we perform a procedure known as the Avelar tummy tuck, or the Awake Tummy Tuck. This is an innovative technique that combines abdominoplasty with liposuction, making the procedure less invasive. It is also designed to shorten the recovery time.
Benefits of Tummy Tuck Procedures
For patients who are good candidates for a tummy tuck, the procedure can offer the following advantages:
- Great for people who have loose skin around the belly due to aging
- Can address a sagging belly due to sudden or drastic weight loss
- Tightens up and firms the stomach area for women who have had one or more pregnancies
- Can let anyone show off their stomach again
- Helps clothes fit better
- Improves confidence and quality of life
Like other cosmetic procedures, tummy tucks are not a substitute for weight loss, and are not recommended for anyone with medical problems or who have significant weight loss goals.
Deciding Which Procedure is Right for You
The right procedure for you depends on your specific goals. For example, if your only real problem area is loose skin around the stomach, then a tummy tuck may be right for you. In contrast, if you have some nagging belly fat in the abdominal, obliques, and the back, then Lipo 360 is probably your best bet.
There are some cases where a patient could benefit from both procedures spaced out over time.
When you come in for a consultation at Innovations Medical, our caring and expert team will perform a thorough evaluation of your current situation and goals to help you determine the solutions that are best for you.
Contact Innovations Medical and Learn About Options to Slim Your Midsection
If you’re looking for a slimmer appearance, particularly in your tummy and midsection, Innovations Medical is here for you. Our skilled professionals help you decide which treatment is best for you – keeping you informed and confident in the next steps. We’ve been helping our patients look and feel their best since 2005, and even our most advanced procedures are often minimally invasive.