Liposuction Vs. Tummy Tuck: Which Is Right For You?

Dr. Atul Kesarwani is the medical director of the Cosmedical Rejuvenation Clinic. As a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Kesarwani has 30+ years of experience in the field. Read more about Dr. Kesarwani >

 

Liposuction Vs. Tummy Tuck: Which Is Right For You?

Cosmetic surgery has made leaps and bounds in recent years, giving patients the best outcomes possible. There are many more choices, which leads patients to ask the question, “What would be best for me?”

That seems to be the question most asked about liposuction versus abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck. Which would be best for your particular situation?

Differences

If you think about your abdominal area in two ways, it will help you to see the overall picture. Firstly, think about the volume of your abdomen, and secondly, think about the skin on your abdomen. Those two things may need different procedures. Liposuction targets an area for permanent fat removal, but it is not a good choice for tightening skin. If there is much excess skin (as in the case of dramatic weight loss ), then the skin will have to be surgically removed. A tummy tuck deals with excess skin and the contour of the abdomen by not only removing tissue, but by repairing abdominal muscles that have separated (diastasis recti).

So, a tummy tuck:

  • Removes excess abdominal skin and tightens the skin that is left;
  • Removes fat;
  • Brings together the left and right sections of the abdominal muscles, flattening the stomach and pulling in the waist.

Liposuction removes localized fat that no amount of exercise or diet can reduce. Skin quality should be elastic, so the skin can retract after surgery. If you have sagging skin or stretch marks, liposuction results may be less than you hoped for. We can help you make the right decision between a tummy tuck and liposuction. Sometimes, both can be performed at the same time.

Scarring

Liposuction scars are barely visible because they’re so small (measuring just millimetres. That’s not so with a tummy tuck. The scar goes across your entire abdomen in your bikini line area. It is very apparent after surgery, but with the proper care it will definitely fade. We also offer silicone scar gel which can reduce its appearance. Scarring differs from person to person.

Side effects and healing time

A tummy tuck is major surgery and carries risks. However, there are risks with all procedures. Liposuction procedures are simple when compared to tummy tucks, where skin and fat are removed, muscles are sutured and the side-to-side incision is either stapled or sutured shut. This is detailed, major surgery with a longer healing time.

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