Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction: What is best for me?

What is the difference between Liposuction and a Tummy Tuck?

Many of our patients at Tampa Bay Body Sculpting who are interested in a flatter midsection ask what the difference is between a tummy tuck and liposuction. After all, both procedures can drastically help patients improve the abdominal area by creating a more toned and tighter midsection. However, liposuction and tummy tuck procedures are actually very different in terms of the procedure itself and the results they provide.

Liposuction:

Patients who are interested in improving the shape of their midsection look to Dr. Robert Miles at Tampa Bay Body Sculpting, a world renowned liposculptor having the experience of over 15,000 cosmetic surgeries. 

Dr. Robert Miles will use local anesthesia during a liposuction procedure which lasts approximately 2.5 hours to remove stubborn fat in specific areas of the body resistant to diet and exercise.  The most common areas of the body for liposuction surgery include the abdomen, flanks (love handles), arms, chin, legs, and buttocks.

A liposuction procedure is far less invasive than a tummy tuck, which involves scarring, general anesthesia, and much longer recovery times.  Additionally liposuction is a good choice for patients in good health who generally have good skin elasticity and muscle tone. These are individuals who do not have issues like excess skin in the midsection or loose abdominal muscles. Often liposuction improves the shape of the patient’s stomach to a point where they look better in and out of clothes; solving the main concern of the patient.  However liposuction will not eliminate extra skin, stretch marks, and issues stemming from loose abdominal muscles. Often these issues can be associated with massive weight loss or pregnancy.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a great procedure for removing excess abdominal skin while tightening the abdominal muscles.  The tummy tuck procedure starts with an incision across the lower abdomen allowing our surgeon to remove excess skin and tighten slack muscles. Any remaining skin is then re-draped over the abdominal area leaving a flat and tight stomach.  In short, a tummy tuck is the best solution if the main issue experienced by the patient is loose skin or stretched muscle tissue (not fat).

Which procedure is better for you?

While both liposuction and tummy tuck are excellent body contouring procedures, it’s extremely important to determine what specific issues must be corrected to determine the best course of treatment. If the main concern is excess skin or loose abdominal muscles from excessive weight loss or pregnancy, a tummy tuck may be your best option. For individuals who just need to improve isolated areas, liposuction is usually the best course of treatment.

Summary:

A tummy tuck is a surgery under general anesthesia where fat is removed by liposuction, excess skin is removed, and the abdominal muscle wall is repaired. Liposuction is fat removal under local anesthesia targeting fat resistant to diet and exercise.  Still unsure which procedure would be best for you? Contact Dr. Robert Miles at Tampa Bay Body Sculpting for a free consultation!

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