Tummy tuck vs. Liposuction

Posted on April 10, 2017 by Cynthia M. Poulos, M.D.

Is your abdominal fat preventing you from rocking a beach body? If you wish to undergo plastic surgery for it then you need to know your options. For example, a tummy tuck is quite different from a liposuction. Even though both procedures seem similar, they are quite different in application and the results they give. Let’s discuss both in detail.

Differences between Tummy Tucks and a Liposuction

During a tummy tuck the plastic surgeon removes a large amount of skin from the lower abdominal area and tightens the skin on the upper at the same time. The surgical procedure also tightens the girdle for a flatter middle. Liposuction on the other hand, is used to remove fat deposits in the abdominal area. This is done through a series of small cuts via a steel tube which sucks out the fat. This procedure is typically used to reduce certain areas that show immunity to exercise and diet.

Since a tummy tuck is an extensive procedure, it should be undertaken if there is dire need for it. For example, if you have a large amount of fat on your body in certain areas, then getting this procedure done is a good idea. That’s because it can be used to tighten all of the loose skin that will hang out after the fat is removed from under it.

Liposuction on the other hand is ideal for those who wish to tone down and who want to acquire muscle tone at the same time. It can be used to remove excess fat from under skin and above the stomach muscles which can reduce fat content in problem areas. It is best for those who wish to drop a few pounds in trouble areas and reduce the rest with exercise.

Which procedure is best for you?

Even though both procedures are perfect to contour the body, the one you choose should focus on specific problem areas. For example, if you have loose skin or abdominal muscles from excessive weight loss, then go for liposuction. On the other hand, if you want to have large amounts of fat removed and trim down your abdomen, then go for a tummy tuck.

Dr Poulos is proficient in both procedures and will help you make the right decision after a thorough consultation and medical checkup. For more information, call the clinic today and book an appointment.