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What is the difference between lipo 360 and a tummy tuck?

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Skin is the largest organ in our body, but what happens if it becomes so large that we want it to go away? Having excess skin alongside fat is one of the biggest problems of the modern world, but luckily, procedures like the Tummy Tuck and Lipo 360 in Miami that can bring back the old glory your body used to have. But when it comes to Tummy Tuck vs. Lipo 360, what should you pick? Well, this depends on your needs, but we first need to answer, “What is the difference between Lipo 360 and a Tummy Tuck?  

Why is it important to know the difference between these two treatments? 

When undergoing any cosmetic procedure, it is important to know all the information regarding that treatment. This is crucial for all kinds of procedures, including breast augmentation, as well as arm liposuction, 360 Lipo, and Tummy Tuck. The last two procedures both remove fat from the abdominal area, with the most important difference being that Tummy Tuck also removes the skin and tightens up your abdominal muscles. Most people who have excess skin and fat that cannot go away with diet do a Tummy Tuck procedure. 

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What does a tummy tuck involve?  

The tummy tuck procedure is one of the procedures included in a Mommy Makeover. Aside from Breast Lift, liposuction, and BBL procedure, a tummy tuck is most popular among women who have recently given birth. As you know, the skin around your abdominal wall becomes loose during pregnancy, and fat pockets are created as well, and getting a tummy tuck can address both of these.

This procedure is performed under general anesthesia. It lasts three hours and helps to tighten the abdomen and remove fat and skin that are in excess. The surgeon will probably make incisions near the pubic area, and the procedure involves cutting and removing fat and loose skin and bringing your abdominal muscles closer together. This gives you a permanent makeover that is not reversible.

Who should do a tummy tuck?

Aside from women who recently gave birth, people who have lost weight in a fast way, like with gastric sleeve procedure, have a similar problem with excess skin. But not all people can do this surgery. Just like there is a good BMI for the BBL, your BMI can not be over 30 for the Tummy Tuck. Also, you will have to lose some weight before the procedure and be in good health condition. Still, this procedure is not for everyone, so consider undergoing this surgery primarily if: 

  • You cannot lose weight for a long time,
  • You have a chronic heart condition,
  • You want to get pregnant again,
  • You have beer belly fat.

What does a lipo 360 involve?  

What is Lipo 360 vs. Tummy Tuck? Well, for starters, Lipo 360 only removes fat from your skin – there is no skin removal or muscle tightening. With the Lipo 360 procedure, you will get a flatter, slimmer look by removing the excess fat. 

The main difference between Lipo 360 and traditional lipo is that the surgeon will target more areas of your body at the 360-degree level to give you an even silhouette and contour that follows your whole shape. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, where a certified plastic surgeon in Miami will make a couple of small incisions and use an instrument called a cannula to suck the fat.   

Who should do a lipo 360?

There are different kinds of liposuction procedures. There is lipo for men and women and procedures are done with different instruments. The ideal candidate for Lipo 360 is a healthy person in good physical shape who wants to remove fat from certain areas that otherwise cannot be removed by exercising or diet. Lipo 360 is perfect because it targets not only small areas of your body like the arm liposuction but the whole body if necessary. 

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How to know which procedure is right for you?

When considering lipo vs. tummy tuck, the biggest question you must ask yourself is what goal you wish to achieve. If you want to remove excess fat from your arms, lower and upper back, and stomach, then Lipo 360 is perfect for that. The surgeon will make sure the removed fat is even and that it follows your shape completely.

On the other hand, the tummy tuck procedure is only for those people who have excess skin and fat with an emphasis on skin and want to remove it. The recovery can last longer depending on the body type and whether you have done a full or a mini tummy tuck procedure. This procedure is also for those people who had a failed Tummy Tuck procedure and want to fix the damage to get a better outcome.  

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Can you do both procedures at once?

The answer is yes. In fact, since you are going under general anesthesia for both procedures, there is no reason why you shouldn’t do both procedures at once. Furthermore, your recovery time will be shorter, and you will be able to remove all the excess skin that can remain after removing the fat. Most people decide to do both procedures, but the surgeon will decide whether this is the best option for you or not. 

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Consult with your lipo 360 and tummy tuck specialist before the procedure

Before you set your mind on doing a Lipo 360 or the tummy tuck procedure, you need to consult with our certified surgeon at the Moon Plastic Surgery clinic. Our surgeons have years of experience and can tell you all the pros and cons of Lipo 360 vs. tummy tuck and whether you need these procedures at all. 

You will have to go through a thorough health examination to see whether you are fit for the surgery or not, but once everything is done, you will finally be able to wear the swimsuit you always dreamed about.

We will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have when considering a procedure. Send us an inquiry form below or call our Moon Plastic Surgery between 9:30 am – 6 pm Monday to Friday.

Dr. John E. Nees, MD

Dr. John E. Nees, MD

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Dr. John E. Nees, MD specializes in aesthetic plastic surgery in Miami, FL


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