As a body contouring specialist, I often hear patients asking if they can create a slimmer, more toned abdominal area with liposuction alone. Liposuction is usually sufficient, but not always. Tummy tuck surgery, while a more invasive option, creates dramatic results for patients with excess skin and unwanted fat.
How Do They Differ?
A tummy tuck and liposuction have similar goals: creating a slimmer midsection. But the techniques used during each procedure are very different. During liposuction, I insert a thin tube called a cannula through small incisions and suction fat from the treatment area. The liposuction technique I use is called SAFELipo®, which minimizes trauma to the area by using a vibrating cannula.
A tummy tuck involves making a horizontal incision very low on the abdomen extending from one hip to the other. During the procedure, I remove excess skin and tighten abdominal muscles if they’ve been separated during pregnancy.
Combining the two procedures to sculpt attractive contours is also quite common.
Which Is Better, Liposuction or Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Which procedure is right for you? That depends on your specific condition and goals. Take our brief quiz to get an idea of which procedure would suit your needs best. You can also request a consultation to personally discuss your options with me by using the online form or by calling us at (405) 849-6354 to schedule an appointment.