People interested in contouring of the abdominal region often wonder whether liposuction or abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) would be a more appropriate treatment option for their unique needs and goals. Although both of these popular cosmetic procedures can help men and women achieve a more toned, youthful-looking appearance, liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are designed to treat very different indications. For this reason, the answer to this question is dependent upon each individual’s specific aesthetic concerns.
For patients whose concerns are exclusively limited to accumulations of diet and exercise-resistant fat in the abdomen, liposuction may be the most appropriate treatment as it is uniquely designed to remove localized fatty tissue from various regions of the body. In contrast, patients whose concerns include loose, redundant skin and/or stretching of abdominal muscles may be better candidates for abdominoplasty. This surgical procedure can be performed to get rid of excess skin and/or tighten muscles of the abdominal wall following pregnancy or significant weight loss. Should prospective patients be experiencing all of the above concerns, tummy tuck surgery can often be combined with some degree of liposuction for optimal results, especially if removal of fat results in loose or overhanging skin.
Ultimately, liposuction and abdominoplasty can each be exceptional treatment options for qualified individuals, and the most appropriate procedure for one’s personal needs and desired outcomes can be recommended by a board certified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience with both surgeries.