Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction: How to Choose What’s Right for You

Woman standing by window in St. Louis considering tummy tuck vs. liposuction procedures

Sometimes curves and trouble spots can’t be fixed with diet and exercise, but body contouring procedures can help by slimming and toning the body. Liposuction and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery are two of the most popular options among our St. Louis patients because they remove unwanted fat and saggy, excess tissue.

Both liposuction and tummy tuck surgery can help you transform your appearance. But how do you know which option is right for you? In this blog post, we’ll discuss the benefits of each treatment and explain how patients can achieve the best results possible.

Tummy tuck benefits

Tummy tuck surgery tones and flattens the midsection. During the procedure, the surgeon creates a low, hip-to-hip incision that provides access to the tissues and muscles underneath. A traditional tummy tuck can treat issues such as a “belly bulge” caused by diastasis recti. For patients who only struggle with saggy skin directly below the belly button, a mini tummy tuck may be another option.

Suitable tummy tuck patients are those who have undergone significant body changes, such as weight loss or pregnancy. Unlike other body contouring procedures, a tummy tuck can remove excess skin and repair weakened abdominal muscles. These results make it an excellent choice for those who want dramatic results.

Liposuction benefits

Liposuction is one of the most popular body contouring procedures available. Using a thin, specialized tube called a cannula, surgeons suction out unwanted fat cells and sculpt the appearance of the body. Our own surgeons prefer to use a technique called power-assisted liposuction (PAL). This variation uses a vibrating cannula to loosen fat with small, precise motions.

Liposuction is best for patients who are already near a healthy weight but need assistance trimming areas resistant to diet and exercise. Common treatment areas for liposuction include:

  • Thighs
  • Flanks
  • Abdomen
  • Upper arms
  • Neck and jawline

Combining procedures

Tummy tucks and liposuction each address similar issues: they remove unwanted fat and help slim and tone the body. Because of this, patients often combine treatments to create more remarkable results. In this combination, liposuction suctions out stubborn fat cells, and a tummy tuck removes loose folds of saggy skin.

If you’re interested in improving the appearance of your midsection and contouring your waistline, a tummy tuck with liposuction may be an excellent choice. But no matter which body contouring option you choose, always find a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your procedure safely.

If you would like to learn more about your body contouring options in the St. Louis area, please request a virtual consultation online. You can also contact our practice by phone at (636) 530-6161.

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