Flat Stomach: Liposuction or Tummy Tuck

Sometimes, working hard at the gym and a maintaining a proper diet are not enough to get you a flat stomach. Liposuction and a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) are both effective in addressing excess fat in the abdominal area but their suitability depends on the individual’s candidacy and results.  Here is an outline of the key differences between a Tummy Tuck and Liposuction for a flatter abdominal area.

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  • Liposuction

Liposuction uses ultrasound-assisted energy to effectively contour the body and remove the excess fatty tissues that aren’t responsive to diet and exercise. It also stimulates collagen production that prevents skin dimpling. Areas that can be treated are the abdomen, love handles, thighs, buttocks, and arms. The procedure involves small incisions, no general anesthesia, and minimal recovery time. The best candidates have good skin tone and abdominal muscles since it doesn’t remove excess or loose skin or rectify issues due to weak abdominal muscles. 

  • Tummy Tuck

A Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty removes excess fat and loose skin of the abdominal area. It allows tightening of the abdominal muscles to help create a stronger, flatter stomach. The procedure involves general anesthesia and an incision extending across the lower abdomen, typically from hip to hip. The scar from the incision is strategically hidden by the underwear line. Once the excess skin and fat tissue have been removed, the skin is re-draped for a flatter and tighter abdomen. The best candidates are those with dramatic weight loss or several pregnancies. Key differences between Abdominoplasty and Liposuction

Key Differences                                Liposuction                               Tummy Tuck
Issues Addressed: remove excess fat cells and offers some degree of skin tightening removal of loose skin and excess fat as well as tightening weak abdominal muscles
Cost:  more affordable procedure more costly procedure
Complexity: involves small incisions and fat removal; it is a simple less invasive procedure more involved as it requires skin removal, tightening and reattachment of the skin to create a visually pleasing abdomen
Recovery: shorter downtime with most resuming their normal activities within 2-7 days of the procedure can be 2-4 weeks with some adjustments to exercise and activity for the scar to heal
Scarring:  minimal scarring  a larger more obvious scar

While both Liposuction and Tummy Tuck enhance a person’s shape and create a flatter abdomen, they address specific issues. Attending an initial consultation is the way to know what is the right procedure is suitable for you as everyone’s body shape and goals are unique.