Once a patient decides they want help contouring their abdominal area, the next step is to determine if liposuction or a tummy tuck is the best way to achieve the results they are looking for. Although both procedures can help eliminate stubborn, exercise-resistant fat which often clings to the midsection, the two procedures are quite different.

Tummy Tuck Vs. LiposuctionLiposuction can be used on more than just the stomach area, the procedure is ideal for the removal of localized unwanted fat anywhere on the body including areas around the face, legs, chest, flanks, back, arms and buttock. Liposuction is the less evasive surgery with a short amount of downtime needed as it only requires a very small incision to use the cylindrical instrument known as a cannula to extract fat.

A tummy tuck is reserved solely for the midsection and is a fairly major surgical procedure requiring general anesthetic. During a tummy tuck, an incision is made in the lower abdominal region and the surgeon draws underlying muscle and tissue together and stitches them, thereby narrowing the waistline and strengthening the abdominal wall. This procedure removes not only unwanted lower belly fat but also hanging, sagging skin. The typical result is a flatter, with a scar extending from the pubic area to the lower abdomen to anterior hips.

While both procedures are effective to contour the curves of the body, each procedure is often better suited to specific patients. For example, patients who have recently lost a large amount of weight in a short period of time are often left with loose, sagging abdominal skin which can only be removed with a tummy tuck.

Both procedures should be discussed with your surgeon to determine the best course of action and you may learn that a combination of traditional liposuction and tummy tuck will produce the best results for you.