Body Lift vs. Liposuction – Which One is Right for You?

If you are trying to decide between a body lift and liposuction, then you may have problems determining which one is best for your body and your goals.  The easy solution is to simply consult your plastic surgeon and discuss possible options; however going into the conversation well informed will give you an opportunity to quickly assess the situation.  Only by understanding what these procedures are meant to do, will you be able to make an informed decision.

The Basics of a Body Lift

The goal of a body lift is to improve the shape and tone of the tissue which supports the fat and skin.  With this treatment, excess sagging fat and skin will be removed to combat poor tissue elasticity.  The body lift was initially designed because sometimes exercise alone will not affect sagging skin or uneven contours.  There are number of variables which contribute to poor tissue elasticity.  This results in multiple areas of your body, such as your abdomen, arms, and buttocks, sagging.  A body lift can also improve irregular skin surfaces and dimpling.

The Basics of Liposuction

Liposuction is designed to target specific pockets of fat which don’t seem to go away.  Regardless of healthy living and an average fitness level, there are still areas of your body which may be disproportionate due to localized deposits of fat.  In most cases, this is caused by genetic issues rather than a lack of fitness or health.  Keep in mind that liposuction is not a treatment for obesity because the focus is on localized fat deposits, rather than changing the overall body type.

Which One Is Right for You?

The first way to get started in the right direction is by deciding the goal of selecting either procedure.  If the primary issue is sagging areas of your body rather than specifically targeting fat cells, then a body lift will give you the results you want.  On the other hand, if your skin is smooth and tight then the issue you want to resolve is likely fat deposits.  In this case, liposuction would be the best option.

You Can Combine the Two

Another thing to keep in mind is that you don’t necessarily need to decide between a body lift and liposuction.  There are a number of situations where combining both procedures will produce optimum results.  Combining a body lift with liposuction is most beneficial to people who have both poor skin elasticity and localized fat deposits which need to be removed.

3 Things to Keep in Mind When Making Your Decision

  1. Neither of these procedures is designed specifically to reduce weight, rather to create a body type and cosmetic appearance you are happy with.
  2. Neither of these procedures should be considered an alternative to regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
  3. Always choose a plastic surgeon you trust.  While it may be important to take the expense of these procedures into consideration, the quality of your surgeon is something which must not be compromised.  A knowledgeable plastic surgeon will not only recommend a variety of procedures which can enhance your body, but will also keep your safety in mind.  Removing too much fat can significantly increase the surgical risk.

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