Every year, many people find themselves wanting to shed excess fat from their body. In some cases, these individuals are willing to consider cosmetic surgeries to accomplish these cosmetic goals. If this is the case for you, you may have given some thought to choosing either liposuction or a tummy tuck. Although our medical team can help you determine which treatment is right for you, it is important to know the specifics of both.

Liposuction: The Basics

Liposuction is a procedure that helps to slim and reshape areas of the body through the removal of excess fat. Individuals who undergo liposuction typically experience an improvement in body proportion and contours. Liposuction can be used to remove localized deposits of fat from numerous regions of the body, including

  • Hips and buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Upper arms
  • Abdomen and waist
  • Inner knee
  • Back
  • Calves and ankles
  • Cheeks, chin and neck
  • Chest area

Liposuction can be performed by itself or in conjunction with other procedures such as a breast reduction or face lift.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery that involves removing excess skin and fat from the patient. In the majority of cases, the procedure also restores separated or weakened muscles to create an abdomen that looks firmer and smoother. People typically opt to pursue a tummy tuck when their abdomen begins to protrude or sag. Several factors can cause sagging skin. These can include aging, pregnancy, heredity, significant fluctuations in weight, and prior surgery.

Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck: Making the Decision

For the majority of patients, a tummy tuck is the best way to get a flatter, thinner stomach. With liposuction, you’ll be able to remove fat in regions of the body covered by tight skin like the love handles, thighs, and hips. Liposuction is a less extensive procedure, requiring only a few small incisions to insert the cannula tool. A tummy tuck requires more involved surgery with a longer recovery period; however, a tummy tuck will not only remove abdominal fat but also any excess skin that precludes you from attaining the lean look you want.

While meeting with our medical team is the best way to determine which procedure would be right for you, it’s helpful to note that your odds of needing a tummy tuck are greater if you are older. This results from the loss of skin elasticity that comes with age, weight loss, and/or multiple pregnancies.

Contact Us Today

If you’re interested in finding a cosmetic procedure that can help your stomach appear flatter and smoother, either liposuction or a tummy tuck may be right for you. Contact Soma Plastic Surgerytoday to schedule a consultation.