What is the Difference Between a Tummy Tuck and Liposuction?
If you’re unhappy with the skin and fat in your abdomen and are considering surgery, you may be wondering: what’s the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction? It all comes down to one thing: skin.
A liposuction is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure and therefore takes less time, has a shorter recovery period, and is often less expensive. There is also minimal to no scarring with liposuction. A tummy tuck, on the other hand, will get rid of extra skin and fat and tighten muscles that have stretched out with either pregnancy or weight gain. Tightening both skin and muscle is very important for an aesthetically pleasing look. A tummy tuck has a more dramatic effect but will leave a faint scar in around the belly button and hip to hip.
Neither a tummy tuck nor liposuction is a weight loss procedure. They are both ways to contour and shape the body but will not offer significant weight loss. Patients should lose the weight they want to lose before the procedure because weight loss or weight gain after the procedure could affect the results. Weight loss after a tummy tuck may create loose skin—the main problem a tummy tuck is supposed to solve. Weight gain after either procedure could lead to fat accumulations in another part of the body besides the stomach, such as the back, hips or face.
To learn more about tummy tucks and liposuction, or to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Moenster, please fill out the form on this page. You can call our Tucson location at 520-207-3100 or our Sierra Vista location at 520-458-1787. We look forward to seeing you soon!