Suck or Tuck?

Liposuction Houston, TX | David Altamira MDThe primary interest of many men and women is to flatten up the tummy. They may engage in all sorts of eating plans aimed at targeting belly-fat for extinction. They may spend hours in the gym performing every exercise recommended to them. And yet, stubborn fat is still stubbornly hanging around the midsection. This leaves no other choice but to slim and tone with either liposuction or tummy tuck surgery. The question that a lot of patients have is, which procedure do they need? We’ll describe both in order to shed some light on the possible answer.


Tumescent liposuction is a procedure that is performed with the objective of fat-reduction. For example, if you’ve got a muffin top that needs to go, liposuction could be performed to extract the fat cells located in that area. This procedure is minimally invasive, requiring only a small incision through which a 2-3 mm tube, and possibly a laser probe, can be inserted. In addition to the abdomen, liposuction is often performed on the hips, thighs, buttocks, back, and even the chin.

Who Liposuction may be for

When there is a small to moderate amount of fat accumulation and a patient is in good general health, liposuction may be ideal. Another characteristic that we look for is skin elasticity. If there is a chance that the skin will not naturally retract after the treatment area has been slimmed, the final result could be unsatisfactory.

Tummy Tuck

The purpose of tummy tuck surgery, aka abdominoplasty, is to tighten the abdominal muscles and the skin that lies over them. The removal of skin and abdominal tightening occurs through an incision that spans horizontally just above the pubic area. After a tummy tuck, an underlying muscular structure may be more easily seen. Stretch marks can also be treated during this procedure.

Who a Tummy Tuck may be for

Tummy tuck surgery is appropriate for any healthy adult who has lost a great deal of muscle tone and skin elastic in the abdominal area. Women often schedule this procedure after having children, and both men and women seek abdominoplasty when they have excess skin left behind after substantial weight loss.

Dr. Altamira may suggest a combination procedure for some patients, depending on their current condition and their desired outcome. Call 713-271-9000 to schedule your consultation for body sculpting.

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