Liposuction or Abdominoplasty:
Annapolis Plastic Surgeon Offers Inside Tips
At her Annapolis plastic surgery practice, Dr. Marcia Ormsby discusses the difference between two surgical cosmetic enhancement procedures. Liposuction and abdominoplasty both focus on slimming and contouring a patient’s body; however, Dr. Ormsby says the two procedures are very different, and require specific sets of conditions be present to ensure patient expectations are met.
Dr. Marcia Ormsby is an avid blogger and plastic surgeon in Maryland. She recently posted an in-depth comparison of two body contouring procedures to her blog, in an effort to provide patients with a better understanding of when they should consider liposuction or liposculpture, and when a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty would be a better fit for her patient’s cosmetic enhancement goals.
When liposuction is being considered, Dr. Ormsby says the skin of the abdomen must be healthy with good elasticity. “When stretch marks are prevalent, there is indication that the skin is badly damaged. It will not contract and respond favorably to liposuction alone.” However, she adds that when the skin is healthy, aesthetic enhancement results can be very satisfying and spare patients the recovery and downtime of a more invasive procedure such as the tummy tuck.
A number of Dr. Ormsby’s patients that consider a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty are women hoping to address the effects of pregnancy on the body. She says this is due to the stretching of the abdominal wall through pregnancy, which negatively impacts the musculature and affects its ability to support the internal structures and causes a protuberance to appear. However, Dr. Ormsby says the patient can often benefit from muscle repair by permanently attaching the two central muscles in the abdomen, which causes a flattening of the belly and a reduction in waist circumference. Once the muscles are repaired, the excess skin is removed resulting in a permanent, toned, contoured figure.
While both procedures are capable of creating a slimmer, more contoured body, Dr. Ormsby says diet and exercise are necessary components to the continued success and slimmer physique initially created through liposuction or abdominoplasty. She adds that following a good diet and exercise program before the procedure and six weeks after will often prove very helpful. “The better toned the muscle, the more favorable the repair. The best results are found in the person who is fit and properly nourished prior to surgery.” For those patients, Dr. Ormsby says cosmetic enhancement results should last a lifetime.
About Marcia Ormsby, MD
Dr. Marcia Ormsby earned her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts. She then completed her general surgery residency at the State University of New York, and her specialty training at New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Ormsby has delivered talks around the U. S., is a prolific writer on the topic of Women’s Health, and an active lobbyist for issues affecting women’s health.