Tummy tuck surgery and liposuction are two procedures that can improve your body contour in different ways. While you’re trying to choose which of these body contouring procedures is right for you, consider the following differences between a tummy tuck and liposuction.
- Tummy Tuck: The purpose of a tummy tuck is to tighten the stomach muscles and to remove excess abdominal fat and skin, thereby improving the contour of the abdomen.
- Liposuction: The purpose of liposuction is to remove unwanted body fat from areas with stubborn fat deposits, thereby improving the contour of the target area. It does not do anything to tone muscles or skin in the target area.
- Tummy Tuck: The tummy tuck focuses exclusively on the abdominal area.
- Liposuction: Liposuction can remove fat from the abdomen, hips, back, neck, arms, thighs, and/or legs.
Skin Laxity and Skin Elasticity
- Tummy Tuck: A tummy tuck can remove excess, sagging abdominal skin that is lax and riddled with stretch marks.
- Liposuction: Liposuction does not and cannot remove lax skin. Attractive liposuction results depend on having naturally good skin elasticity in the target area.
- Tummy Tuck: A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure. Dr. Baker will make a long, smiley-type incision along the lower abdomen through which he will tighten the abdominal muscles, extract excess fat, and remove excess, stretched-out skin.
- Liposuction: Liposuction is a surgical procedure. Dr. Baker will make tiny incisions at the fat removal site and insert a cannula (a thin, hollow tube) through the incisions. Fat will then be suctioned out of the body through the cannula.
- Tummy Tuck: Due to the long incision required for tummy tuck surgery, the procedure will leave a long scar. Dr. Baker places the incision as carefully and inconspicuously as possible below the underwear or bathing suit line so that the scar can be hidden by clothing. The scar will be permanent but will fade over time.
- Liposuction: The minor incisions needed for liposuction may leave only small scars or no scars at all. Any minor scarring will fade over time.
- Tummy Tuck: After a tummy tuck, patients may need up to two weeks off work to recover. Patients are given compression garments to wear, and they may need pain medication for several days. Dressing changes and drain and suture removal will be necessary within the first two weeks after surgery. It will be necessary to wait to exercise for four to six weeks.
- Liposuction: After liposuction, patients may need four to five days off work to recover. Patients are given compression garments to wear, and they can take pain medication to alleviate discomfort during the first few days. It will be necessary to wait to exercise for two to three weeks.
- Tummy Tuck: Results of tummy tuck surgery are permanent as long as the patient establishes a healthy diet and regular exercise regimen. Any future weight fluctuations or pregnancies will likely compromise the results. It is best to wait to undergo a tummy tuck until after you are finished having children and until you have stabilized your weight so that you can enjoy your results long term.
- Liposuction: Results of liposuction are long lasting as long as the patient establishes a healthy diet and regular exercise regimen. Any future weight fluctuations or pregnancies will likely compromise the results. It is best to wait to undergo liposuction until you have optimized your weight so that you can enjoy your results long term.
To find out more about tummy tuck surgery or liposuction and how you could benefit from body contouring, schedule your consultation with Dr. Stephan Baker. Call us at (305) 381–8837 or fill out our online contact form to book your appointment today.