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Dr Amjadi


July 20, 2017

Has a new baby taken its toll on your body? Have you lost weight, but find yourself with excess abdominal skin? Do you want to smooth and shape your midsection? If you have extra fat and/or loose skin around the abdominal area, you might have considered plastic surgery as a solution to getting rid of it. Liposuction and tummy tuck are two popular procedures that can help you get rid of those excess skin and stubborn fat deposits. The end goal of both is a slim waist line, but which is right for you?


liposuction is a surgical process of extracting or removing permanently subcutaneous fat using cosmetic surgery. It can be easily done on almost any part of the body, but it is usually done on the abdomen, chin, thighs, back, upper arms and sometimes calves. The objective of this cosmetic procedure is to get a slender and more appropriately proportioned body shape. It also aims at getting rid of those stubborn pockets of fat that are hard to discard with to diet and exercise.

Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck often referred to as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess fat and skin from around the abdomen and simultaneously restoring weakened muscle there-by creating a firmer and a better-toned abdomen.
Based on factors that are common to both procedure, here is a list of comparisons:

Loose skin

Amount of loose skin is one deciding factor when it comes to choosing between tummy tuck and liposuction. If you have a significant amount of loose skin, a tummy tuck will remove it. When comparing liposuction and a tummy tuck, it is important to realize that liposuction is purely for fat loss, it absolutely does nothing to tighten loose skin. With liposuction, fat is simply sucked out of the body. your cosmetic surgeon can give you an evaluation and tell you which procedure would best suit you.

Side effects

When making comparison between liposuction and tummy tuck, it is crucial to note that a tummy tuck will have a greater risk of side effects and poor results than liposuction. In regards to plastic surgery procedures, liposuction is a much more easier procedure. A thin, hollow tube is inserted into the body, and fat is sucked out. This leaves extremely minimal scarring and just a bit of pain and swelling afterwards, with a short recovery.
Tummy tuck, on the other hand, is a little bit more complicated. A huge incision is made right above the pubic region exposing the entire wall of the abdomen so the abdominal muscles can be stitched together in a new and tighter outlook of the skin. After the muscles of the abdomen must have been stitched together, the skin is pulled down till they are tight, and any excess skin is trimmed away. Finally, the incision is sutured up. After due comparison of liposuction and tummy tuck, tummy tuck is a far more complex procedure. A lot more can go wrong, and there is a greater risk for side effects. Some examples of the unwanted results may include skin not being pulled tight enough (removed saggy skin was not enough), a “lumpy” feel due to the unevenness in the fat or skin removal process, a large amount of scarring, weird looking belly button, etc. The side effects and risks of liposuction do not even come close to those of a tummy tuck.


A huge factor in your final decision when evaluating liposuction and a tummy tuck will be the appearance of scars. With liposuction, the scars are very small, reddish and slightly noticeable right after surgery, although they quickly fade to the point where they are almost completely invisible. If you are worried about scarring from liposuction, you shouldn’t be. The scars are extremely small and not noticeable.
A tummy tuck, on the other hand, is a different story. With a tummy tuck, you are left with a long scar that goes across the entire lower abdomen, and it can be as long as seven inches. Immediately after surgery, the scar is bright pink and easily noticeable. However, with proper care, it should fade, over the years, to a point where it is much less visible. Everyone’s skin type is different: on some people, the scar fades almost completely, while others will always have a fairly noticeable scar. This also depends on the skill of the surgeon who performs the tummy tuck.

Liposuction and Tummy Tuck Together!

It is important to know however that liposuction and tummy tuck are distinct processes, yet both of these procedures can be carried out together. Most patients choose to have them done together. Depending on the results you desire, we may choose to use both procedures. Liposuction is a great tool for sculpting and shaping while a tummy tuck can tighten skin and muscle. Come in and talk with us about your needs; we will help you decide which procedure is best for you.


The bottom line when making comparison between liposuction and a tummy tuck is that liposuction is a lot safer and cheaper, but it will not give you the results you want if you have a lot of excess skin. If you do not have loose skin and want to tone up around the abdomen, liposuction is the recommended procedure. If you have a significant amount of saggy, loose skin, however, the only way to get rid of it is with a tummy tuck, although it costs a lot more, and there are more risks involved.

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