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.


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.