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Achieving a Sculpted Abdomen: Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck

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Posted on: September 27, 2018

A woman's slender torso and thighsWhen diet and exercise are unable to achieve your desired results, it may be time to consider body contouring treatments. Body contouring treatments target stubborn areas of fat and loose skin to produce a more attractive appearance.

Two of the most popular body contouring treatments are liposuction and tummy tuck surgery. Both target the abdomen, but they provide different results.

To ensure patients receive the right treatment for their needs, Dr. Brian F. Burns explains the difference between liposuction versus tummy tuck surgery at his Victoria, TX practice. For more information, please contact our team to schedule a consultation.

Liposuction Provides Effective Fat Removal with a Short Recovery

Liposuction is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that effectively removes fat from stubborn areas of the body, such as the abdomen, inner thighs, and upper arms.

Because liposuction is a minor surgical procedure, some time will be needed for recovery. Fortunately, recovery time is generally short, making liposuction a popular treatment for those who want improve the contours of their body without a long recovery. In fact, most patients are ready to return to work within a few days of treatment and many are fully recovered within a couple of weeks.  

Liposuction's Limitations

Although liposuction is highly effective at removing fat from troublesome areas, it does not tighten loose or sagging skin. For those who want to address a pooching, or a sagging stomach, liposuction may not be the best solution. In such cases, tummy tuck surgery may be a better option to achieve the desired results.

Tummy Tuck Surgery Tightens Skin and Muscles

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and tightens the abdominal muscles after significant weight loss or pregnancy.

There are different types of tummy tuck procedures, including mini, traditional, and extended. A mini tummy tuck is often best suited to those who have minimal pooching in the lower abdomen. Traditional tummy tuck surgery addresses the entire abdominal area, and the extended tummy tuck addresses excess skin around the abdomen and lateral flanks. 

All tummy tuck surgery is more or less invasive, with the mini tummy tuck being the least invasive, the traditional tummy tuck being moderately invasive, and the extended tummy tuck being the most invasive.

Tummy Tuck Surgery Requires Time to Recover

The length of recovery after any type of tummy tuck surgery is longer than recovery after liposuction. At a minimum, patients should be prepared to take a couple of weeks off from work and will not be able to do strenuous activities for several weeks. Depending on the extent of tissue removed, some patients may require months to feel fully recovered.

Combining Liposuction and Tummy Tuck Surgery Enhances Results

It's not uncommon for those with excess abdominal fat to also have excess skin, as is often the case after pregnancy or significant weight loss. In such circumstances, liposuction and tummy tuck surgery can be combined for enhanced body contouring results.

Those who choose to have both liposuction and tummy tuck surgery often have the procedures performed at the same time. This allows patients to have a single recovery for both procedures as well as see more definition and smoother contours in their final results.

Deciding Which Treatment Is Right

Deciding which treatment is right depends on each patient's unique needs and anatomy. However, when considering liposuction versus tummy tuck surgery, there are a few significant things to keep in mind:

  • Liposuction removes fat but does not tighten skin.
  • Tummy tuck surgery removes skin but can leave fat behind.
  • Liposuction and tummy tuck surgery can be combined to create an ideal sculpted, flat abdomen.

Schedule a Consultation

For more information about liposuction and tummy tuck surgery, we invite you to speak with Dr. Burns. Please call (361) 576-1975 to schedule your consultation.


South Texas Plastic Surgery Victoria Office 601 E San Antonio
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Victoria, TX 77901
(361) 576-1975

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