If you have unwanted skin or fat around your midsection, you have options to refine and enhance the shape of your waistline. A tummy tuck and liposuction can both have great results, depending on your trouble areas and the look you want to achieve. Here are the key differences.
Why Choose Liposuction?
Liposuction is less invasive than a tummy tuck, but it removes excess abdominal fat. It’s a great choice for people who have stubborn extra pockets of fat that don’t go away with diet and exercise. It also works for arms, thighs, and hips. You can also combine liposuction with a fat transfer and Brazilian butt lift if you’re seeking a slim waist and fuller backside.
Liposuction removes fat, leaving the skin behind, so the incisions are smaller than a tummy tuck. The recovery time is about one week before you can return to work, and swelling goes down after a few days.
Why Choose a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is the perfect choice to remove loose skin and tighten abdominal muscles that have separated during pregnancy. People who have lost a significant amount of weight from diet and exercise or weight loss surgery often need a tummy tuck to remove skin that’s still adding weight and girth to their body, or even getting in the way of movement, exercise, and clothing.
Recovery from this procedure can take longer than liposuction because the surgery is more extensive, but the results are dramatic. It can take weeks before the patient is ready to return to work, and months before normal exercise can be resumed. Light exercise is recommended to help regain strength in the abdominal muscles post-surgery, but it should only be undertaken with the permission of a doctor or physical therapist. Patients should expect to have some scarring, but there are creams and gels that can minimize the appearance of scars over time.
Can I Choose Both Procedures?
A combination of a tummy tuck and liposuction might be the right choice for patients with stubborn pockets of fat and loose skin around the abdomen. Post-bariatric surgery patients and women who have been pregnant sometimes choose both procedures to maximize their results.