Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck

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Tummy tuck which is also known as abdominoplasty and liposuction are two different procedure to change the shape and contour of the midsection of a person’s body. Both of these procedures makes the abdomen of a person flatter, tighter and smaller. Both of the procedures are cosmetic procedures and are performed by a cosmetic surgeon.

Even though the goals of these procedures are the same. There are still a couple of differences which makes these procedures different from each other.

Who is the candidate for which procedure?

There are a couple of differences which should be kept in mind before the surgery these difference will define which treatment is good for you.

Tummy Tuck

The procedure not just removes fat but also the excess skin of the body. Pregnancy and excess weight gain can stretch the body of a person. The tummy tuck is used to return your abdomen to its original slim shape.

There are a couple of things that you need to consider before going ahead with the surgery:

You will not be a perfect candidate If you are considering pregnancy in the future, your body index is above 30, you have a Chronic Heart condition, you are constantly exercising to lose weight.


It is good for people who want to remove a small amount of fat from the body. These fat tissues are usually found in the thigh, the area around the stomach, hips, and buttocks. It should be kept in mind that Liposuction is not a weight loss treatment and is not for the people who are obese. The procedure works best to remove fat in small number.


The procedure of liposuction and Tummy Tuck is different from each other but incision and anesthesia are involved in both of the procedure. The procedure is performed by a plastic surgeon.

Tummy Tuck

In this procedure, you will be put under general anesthesia. After the sedation surgeon will make an incision in the bottom of your abdominal wall. After your muscle are exposed your surgeon will then sew the muscles which were stretched out. The excess skin will be trimmed and skin will be tightened around your abdomen. The surgery is done in one session and usually lasts for two to three hours.


In this procedure the patient would be fully sedated however in some cases local anesthetic is applied to your abdomen. After the area becomes numb the surgeon will make a small incision and a tube is inserted into that incision which will loosen your fat. This loosened fat is then sucked out through a vacuum suction device.

The procedure is usually done in multiple sessions.

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Complications with the procedure

Tummy Tuck and Liposuction are major surgeries and like any other surgery, there are major risks associated with these procedures.

Tummy Tuck

The possible risks involved with the procedure are:

Tissues in the abdominal area might die and need to be removed by the surgeon.

Fluid might accumulate under the skin which will need draining.

Infection in the area of surgery.

Wound complication.

Effects on sensory nerve tissue. You might feel numbness in the area.


If the procedure is done in more than one area of the body in one session then it can increase risks.

Fluid might accumulate under the skin and the doctor will have to drain it.

Numbness in the affected area is to be expected but it is only temporary.

Sometime the contours of your body might become irregular and the skin will appear less smooth.

Some rare risks such as infection, internal organ puncture and fat embolism (Fat trapping in the blood vessel) can also occur.

Expected Results

The results of a tummy tuck considered permanent because the walls of midsection become tighter. The lost weight will return if the fluctuation in weight occurs or pregnancy stretches the abdominal walls again.

Liposuction will give you a flatter abdomen and a perfectly contoured body once you fully recover from the procedure. However fat will accumulate in other parts of but not in the area of suction in most cases.


Both of the procedures are used for fat removal but their end result is quite different from each other.

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Liposuction is a fat removal procedure and is not just use on abdomen but also other parts of the body. The recovery time of the procedure is less. For perfect results, it can only be used to remove a small amount of fat and it doesn’t remove the excess skin.

Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck is a serious procedure and can only be performed on the midsection of the body. The recovery time of the procedure is extensive. It can be used to remove a large amount of fat from the body and it also removes the execs skin from the body.

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