What’s the Difference Between a Tummy Tuck and Abdominal Liposuction?

Jun 5, 2011

When it comes to determining whether a tummy tuck or abdominal liposuction is the best option for removing stubborn fat deposits, the decision rests largely on the condition of your skin and muscles.

Liposuction is intended to remove fat deposits just below the surface of the skin and is ideal for patients who are near their ideal body weight and whose muscles and skin tone are sound. For those who also have loose skin above and weakened or separated muscles below the fat deposits, a tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty) is usually a better option.

In addition to removing excess fat, a tummy tuck tightens the loose skin and abdominal muscles. Some tummy tuck procedures, such as a lipoabdominoplasty, may involve liposuction.

If your skin tone is such that it will contract after the fat has been removed and the underlying abdominal muscles are firm, liposuction alone will likely provide the desired results.

It’s important to remember that neither liposuction nor tummy tucks are designed as weight-loss procedures. They are intended to address problem fat deposits by different methods based on your individual condition. A consultation with experienced Florida plastic surgeon Dr. Antonio J. Gayoso can help determine the best option for your needs.

If you live in the Tampa, St. Petersburg or Clearwater, Florida, areas and would like more information about liposuction or tummy tucks, please contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Antonio J. Gayoso at Gayoso Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation.

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