Ann Arbor, Michigan (PRWEB) February 26, 2015
A tummy tuck and liposuction are two different procedures that accomplish two different things—but they can be combined to great effect into a single procedure. When blending a tummy tuck with liposuction, Michigan’s Dr. Pramit Malhotra calls the procedure a “PowerTuck,” which he's seen grow in popularity by 50 percent in the last year at his Michigan practice.
Why are more patients seeking to combine the two? First, it helps to understand what each procedure accomplishes.
Liposuction is the surgical removal of fat, accomplished by a thin tube known as a cannula. Fat is physically suctioned out of areas where it is not wanted, which may include pockets on the abdomen that are resistant to diet and exercise. Power-assisted liposuction further refines the procedure, allowing a plastic surgeon such as Dr. Pramit Malhotra in Michigan to more precisely target key areas for fat removal since it automates the back-and-forth motion necessary for loosening unwanted fat.
The less a doctor has to focus on the manual application of motion during liposuction, the more that doctor can focus on creating natural-looking results with minimal impact to the patient.
Note that liposuction is not considered to be a health-based procedure. Patients looking to remove fat via liposuction should do so for aesthetic reasons, and should not be using it as a means of weight loss. In fact, patients who receive liposuction should do so only if they are within a specific range of their ultimate goal weight.
A tummy tuck is the tightening and toning of the abdomen, and while it may include some liposuction, it is concerned less with the removal of fat and is intended more for reducing the appearance of a loose and flabby midsection. Skin may hang down at the belly area even if fat has been lost through diet or removed through liposuction. This is due to the fact that weight gain can lead to the stretching out of abdominal skin, which might not readily or easily shrink back into place once the underlying fat is gone.
A tummy tuck, then, primarily involves the trimming away of unwanted skin, as well as the tightening of underlying muscles and tissue, which may have grown lax beneath a layer of fat. It may also include the creation of a new belly button.
Apart, each procedure has its own set of costs and recovery time. Combined into a “PowerTuck,” these procedures can effectively transform a person’s silhouette via a single procedure, making it an attractive option for patients looking to maximize the time and money they spend on altering their appearance.
Blending liposuction and a tummy tuck into a single “PowerTuck” means patients will spend less time recuperating and will see near-instantaneous results. Overall down time following a “PowerTuck” will likely be around two weeks.
To learn more about a tummy tuck or liposuction in Michigan, as well as the “PowerTuck” available to patients, call Dr. Pramit Malhotra in Ann Arbor at 734-913-5100 or in Jackson at 517-789-9800. You may also visit his website at annarborplasticsurgery.com.