Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, or CoolSculpting®: How to Know Which Is Right for You

We understand the frustration you feel when your belly protrudes, lacks tone, has slack skin, and develops a little pouch, despite your efforts to exercise and diet. You’ve achieved a healthy weight on the scale, but your abdomen has other ideas. You want a slim, flat abdomen that matches the rest of your frame.

At Pousti Plastic Surgery, we want to help you achieve the physique you desire and boost your self-esteem. Dr. Tom Pousti can help you when you don’t like your shape and want a firmer, flatter abdomen. He offers a variety of services, including liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), and CoolSculpting®.

With so many choices, which do you choose? Each tummy-flattening procedure has a different approach. Understanding what’s involved in each can help you make your decision.

About each procedure

Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure usually performed under general anesthesia. The surgery involves making one or two incisions, removing excess fat and skin, restoring weakened or separated abdominal muscles, and stitching you back up with a smoother, flatter belly.

Liposuction is also a surgical procedure, but it only removes fat from a protruding belly. Dr. Pousti inserts a cannula (a hollow tube) through small incisions to vacuum out excess fat cells and sculpt a slimmer contour.

CoolSculpting® is freezing technology that’s completely noninvasive. It uses a cryolipolysis device to cool unwanted fat cells to a point where they die off, and then your body eliminates them naturally. CoolSculpting® requires no incisions or downtime and doesn’t affect surrounding tissue.

Making a decision

Several factors can help you and Dr. Pousti decide which tummy-slimming procedure is best for you. Consider your time frame, for example. If you want one, intense treatment that gives you immediate results, a tummy tuck might be right for you. But if you’re willing to wait up to six months to see the final results and don’t want to undergo surgery, CoolSculpting® is a good option.

Remember that liposuction and a tummy tuck do reduce fat tissue quickly, but you must endure several weeks of downtime and wait several months before you’re able to see your optimal results as swelling reduces and the incisions heal.

Your budget is also an important consideration. CoolSculpting® may be more economical as you pay per treatment session rather than one sum for an intense operation.

Dr. Pousti can help you understand what procedure is best for your anatomy and goals. Not everyone is a candidate for every procedure, and each of these procedures works differently to address different issues. For example, if you have lost a lot of weight and have quite a bit of loose skin keeping your abdomen poochy, a tummy tuck is probably your best bet. CoolSculpting® is a fantastic option when your weight is stable but you have just a little extra subcutaneous belly fat.

Downtime is another factor in considering the procedure that’s right for you. A tummy tuck requires 2-4 weeks off of work and a significant limitation in activity for the 6-8 weeks following surgery. After liposuction, you need to restrict everyday activity for up to a week after the procedure. CoolSculpting® requires absolutely no downtime — you can go right back about your day-to-day activities following a session.

At Pousti Plastic Surgery, we’re available to help you weigh the pros and cons of your options when it comes to altering your abdominal profile. Call our San Diego, California, office or schedule a consultation using this website.

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