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Tummy Tuck or Liposuction: Which Is Right For Me?

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A majority of people don’t understand the differences between liposuction and a tummy tuck. In fact, these two procedures are often talked about synonymously. In reality, there are some major differences between these two surgeries. While both surgeries produce some excellent results, their benefits are varied. Here are some of the major differences between the two procedures. 


Liposuction is the best treatment for getting rid of fatty tissue that is localized in specific areas. These centralized areas are often called “bulges”. Tumescent liposuction has been regarded as the safest and most effective method for the safe removal of excess body fat in the stomach area. Liposuction isn’t nearly as invasive as a tummy tuck. This procedure involves general anesthesia, longer recovery times, and often leaves scars. 

Liposuction can also be used to remove stubborn fat from many other places on the body. Even though the stomach is the most popular focal point of this procedure, patients can use liposuction on their love handles, chin, legs, butt, and arms. In short, liposuction can be used to remove isolated fat from any area on the body. 

This cosmetic procedure is perfect for patients who have solid muscles and good skin. These individuals typically don’t have problems like an excess of skin in their midsection or loose ab muscles. Liposuction can help patients look better and feel more confident by improving the shape of their stomach. 

It is important to note that liposuction can’t get rid of excess skin, stubborn stretch marks, or problems derived from loose ab muscles. These issues are closely associated with pregnancy or a significant amount of weight loss. 

Tummy Tuck 

Tummy tucks, also known as abdominoplasties, are procedures used for removing extra abdominal skin and tightening and ab muscles. Although this sounds similar to the purpose of liposuction, there are some important decisions to understand. 

These procedures start with a small incision across the lower part of the abdomen. This allows the surgeon to tighten the loose muscles while removing excess skin. All of the remaining skin is pulled over the abdominal muscles in order to create a tighter and flatter appearance. Tummy tucks are the best solution for patients who have stretched their muscle tissue and have a significant amount of loose skin. 

Which procedure is the best choice for you? 

Although both tummy tuck and liposuction procedures are excellent choices for body contouring, it is critical to understand the differences between these two surgeries. In order to choose the right procedure, a patient must understand their personal needs. If you’re suffering from excess skin and loose ab muscles, a tummy tuck will be a better option than liposuction. These issues are normally experienced after losing a lot of weight. Liposuction is the best choice for individuals who need to remove stubborn areas of fat from isolated areas. 

If you’re still unsure about which procedure to choose, it’s important to consult with a professional. Call us today to meet with Dr. Ellen to determine which contouring procedure is best for you. 

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