Liposuction or Tummytuck?

If you’ve ever wanted a flatter stomach and struggled shedding that stubborn fat using traditional methods, then you might have wondered if a tummy tuck or a liposuction procedure was right for you. While both procedures can help you reach these goals, they work in very different ways and yield very different results.


Liposuction is a procedure that can help remove localized fat deposits in specific sections of your body. There are multiple types of liposuction, such as tumescent liposuction, which is particularly effective at safely removing large amounts of excess fat. Unlike a tummy tuck, liposuction is far less invasive, requiring very small incisions for the small cannulas (tubes) to be inserted under the skin. Additionally, while tummy tucks require general anesthesia and longer recovery times, liposuction only uses localized anesthetics and patients can often resume their day to day activities within weeks. Finally, liposuction can be used on many different body parts, while a tummy tuck is specifically designed for the belly. Liposuction is ideal for those who are in general good health, with fair skin and muscle tone; it however will not fix issues relating to excess skin or loose abdominal muscles.


While liposuction aims to remove stubborn fat deposits, a tummy tuck, otherwise known medically as an abdominoplasty, aims to tighten and remove excess skin and tighten abdominal muscles. The procedure begins as the surgeon makes an incision along the lower abdomen, then the surgeon is able to remove any excess skin and reshape the muscles to tighten them. Finally, the skin is draped over the abdomen and sewn back together. All in all, a tummy tuck will help re-sculpt the body into a more natural looking, tighter appearance without messing with the fat deposits.

What Is An Ideal Candidate For These Procedures?

Liposuction and tummy tuck, both are really great processes to make your body even more beautiful and appealing.

However, to get benefits from these surgeries you must be a good candidate for them, here are some requirements for both processes:


Liposuction will remove the unwanted fat deposits from your body that can’t be reduced with exercises or diets but before you get liposuction keep one thing in your mind that liposuction works best only got small fat deposits!

These small deposits include thighs, hips, stomach and buttocks.

To get liposuction you shouldn’t be an overweight person, obesity can make the procedure difficult and it can be reduced by work out so there’s no need for liposuction to remove it.

There are some more requirements of liposuction, here are some of them:

• You must have a good elasticity in your skin.

• Your shouldn’t be suffering from any kind of health condition

• You shouldn’t be a smoker either, it slow downs the healing process.

Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck is usually used to remove excess fat from abdomen.

Pregnancy can increase your weight which may ruin your slim and flat stomach therefore in such cases tummy tuck is used.

Here are someone if the requirements expect from patients when they go for the tummy tuck:

• You must have a fairly loose skin around your abdomen

• You can be a candidate if you aren’t planning to lose a lot of weight

• You must gave realistic expectations towards the surgery or the results may not show up

• You must have a healthy lifestyle

• Just like liposuction only non-smokers can get tummy tuck as it can interfere with the recovery process

• You aren’t expecting another baby after this surgery, tummy TUC won’t affect your fertility but getting pregnant can affect the results


When deciding whether or not a tummy tuck or liposuction is best for you, you will have to consult with your doctor and have them perform a physical exam. After this, they will be better able to tell you what areas of your body can be worked on through surgery. Contact us today for a free no-obligation consult.

Are there any age limitations for liposuction or a tummy tuck?

There are no strict age limitations for liposuction or a tummy tuck. The suitability for these procedures depends more on a patient’s overall health and individual factors rather than age alone. Younger and older adults can undergo these surgeries if they are in good health and have realistic expectations. However, older individuals may need thorough medical evaluations to ensure they can tolerate surgery well. Additionally, skin elasticity tends to decrease with age, which could affect the outcomes of these procedures. Ultimately, a board-certified plastic surgeon will assess a patient’s specific circumstances and health to determine their candidacy for liposuction or a tummy tuck.

Do these procedures leave scars, and if so, how noticeable are they?

Both liposuction and tummy tuck procedures can leave scars, but the extent and visibility of the scars can vary based on several factors:

  1. Liposuction:

Liposuction typically involves small incisions (usually less than half an inch long) where a thin tube (cannula) is inserted to remove fat. These incisions are strategically placed in less noticeable areas. The resulting scars are often minimal, small, and inconspicuous, fading over time. They can often be concealed by clothing.

  1. Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty):

A tummy tuck involves a longer incision, typically running horizontally low on the abdomen, from hip to hip. The scar can vary in length but is usually hidden below the bikini line. The scar’s visibility depends on the patient’s healing process, skin type, and the surgeon’s technique. It may be more noticeable initially but tends to fade significantly over the months and years following surgery.

In both cases, the surgeon will make efforts to minimize scarring and provide post-operative instructions for scar care and management. While scars are an inevitable part of these surgeries, they often become less noticeable over time, especially with proper scar care.