Having sleek contours on and around the midsection is something that many women and men seek out when fighting the seemingly inevitable battle of the bulge. Such patients may seek out liposuction and/or tummy tuck to make that vision of themselves a reality. However, patients are sometimes surprised to hear that they may need only one procedure to accomplish their goals, and this is one of the many things discussed in a consult with Dr. Eisemann at the Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center. The ideal candidate for liposuction will have good skin tone with little to no skin laxity. Liposuction for the midsection helps to flatter the body’s natural contours by smoothing out the abdomen, hip rolls, and flanks. Patients can expect some swelling and numbness for several weeks following liposuction, but there is less recovery time for liposuction alone over a tummy tuck or a combined procedure. There are some patients who will require both a tummy tuck and liposuction to achieve their ideal midsection. A tummy tuck makes a tremendous difference in patients who have lots of fatty tissue, skin laxity and diastasis (separation of abdominal muscles). The tummy tuck does a great deal in improving the structure of the abdomen by tightening muscles, reforming the navel, and in some cases eliminating skin redundancy. Each patient is unique in terms of body type, medical conditions, and personal goals, and the medical professionals at The Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center treat their prospective patients accordingly not only during the initial consultation, but through the entire process.