Tummy Tuck (TT) vs. Liposuction (Lipo)
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a procedure that makes the midsection — including the stomach, hips, and love handles — thinner, smoother, and more symmetrical. This is accomplished through the removal of excess fat and skin, as well as by tightening the abdominal muscles if they have become stretched and slack. A tummy tuck is performed under general anaesthesia, and you will be able to return home on the same day of the surgery.
Liposuction, on the other hand, involves the removal of fat cells through suction. This type of plastic surgery procedure can be performed on the midsection, and can also be used on any other part of the body where there is excess fat, like the thighs, buttocks, and arms. Liposuction is also known as body contouring.
While both procedures can result in a slimmer profile, a more sculpted body and less body fat overall, they are meant to complement significant weight loss. These procedures are not meant to reduce your weight substantially but rather improve your body’s overall shape after losing weight. These procedures can also help restore your body’s shape after childbirth since pregnancy can often result in substantial changes to the midsection, such as excess skin and fat.
Pro for Liposuction: Less Invasive & Highly Effective
While there are many reasons you might choose liposuction over a tummy tuck, one reason worth considering is that the procedure is, overall, less invasive than a tummy tuck. To perform liposuction on your midsection, the surgeon will make small incisions and then use an energy-assisted device, called a cannula, to remove unwanted or excess fat deposits. These incisions are very small and result in extremely minimal scarring. The procedure itself is so minimally invasive that you will be able to return home on the same day it is performed.
In addition, liposuction is highly effective at fat removal and sculpting the body. (It should be noted, however, that liposuction patients should not expect to lose more than two pounds from the procedure.)
Pro for Tummy Tuck: No more Excess Skin and Fat
While a tummy tuck is a slightly more invasive procedure, it is more effective than liposuction at removing excess skin and fat. Individuals who have excess skin due to rapid weight fluctuations, such as changes after pregnancy, are good candidates for a tummy tuck.
Combination of both together
It is very common for a patient to choose to have both a tummy tuck and liposuction performed on their abdomen. While the patient is under general anesthesia for a tummy tuck surgery, a plastic surgeon can also perform liposuction on their abdomen. Combining these two procedures will allow your plastic surgeon to tighten your skin and muscles, remove any excess, loose skin during your tummy tuck, and remove excess and unwanted fat cells and fatty tissue through liposuction. Combining these two procedures will result in a toned, tight tummy.
Combining a tummy tuck and liposuction is often done as part of a mommy makeover, which can also involve breast augmentation.
Belly Fat versus Excess Skin
Liposuction and a tummy tuck both target different concerns related to your midsection. Belly fat, which is fat cells and excess fatty tissue underneath the skin, is targeted by liposuction. Excess skin, which is droopy, slack skin on the midsection, resulting from rapid weight loss and common after pregnancy, is removed during a tummy tuck procedure.
Methods of Liposuction
There are several different liposuction methods. During some, ultrasound or vibration is used to break up the excess, unwanted fat cells, making them easier to remove. A laser may also be used to break up fat before its removal. In both cases, after these fat deposits are broken up, they are sucked out using a cannula that is inserted into an incision in the abdomen.
How is a Tummy Tuck Performed?
To perform a tummy tuck, a surgeon will make incisions to remove skin and fat on your lower abdomen, between your belly button and pubic area. Connective tissue will also be tightened with permanent sutures, and the skin around your belly button will be repositioned. The surgery will result in some scarring since it requires moderate-sized incisions, but these scars will be minimal. They can be further minimized by following your surgeon’s recommendations during the recovery time following your surgery.
What Are the Result Differences?
While both a tummy tuck and liposuction procedure are effective ways to contour and shape your midsection, the procedure you choose will depend on your desired outcomes, as well as the problem areas you wish to target. If you have excess skin and slack or loose muscles, you may be a better candidate for a tummy tuck surgery, which targets loose skin and tightens the abdominal muscles. If you wish to reduce the amount of fat you have on your midsection, including your hips and love handles, liposuction may be a better fit. However, many plastic surgery patients choose to have both procedures done simultaneously to address various concerns and achieve a smooth, symmetrical, well-sculpted midsection.
Tummy Tuck & Liposuction Cost Differences
A liposuction procedure can cost between $4,000 and $6,000, while a tummy tuck procedure — which is more invasive and extensive — can cost between $8,000 and $11,000.
Where to get Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
It is important to select an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your surgery no matter which procedure you choose. Dr. Egozi, who is board-certified, has been practicing in the Tampa Bay area since joining Dr. Joseph Fishman in 2005. In 2008, Dr. Egozi became a solo practitioner and has been growing his practice in Aesthetic Surgery ever since.
In 2014, Dr. Egozi built his state-of-the-art Office and Surgery Center on Gulf to Bay Boulevard in Clearwater, Florida, where he performs all of his consultations, injections, laser treatments, and outpatient surgical procedures. From your consultation to your recovery time, Dr. Egozi will work with you to achieve the best possible outcome from your personalized plastic surgery procedure.