At 740 Park Plastic Surgery, this is one of the most popular questions asked by women and men considering body sculpting in and around the midsection. While both treatment options can be used to effectively achieve a more toned and contoured appearance in the abdominal region, the most appropriate technique will depend on the patient’s unique indications.
In general, liposuction can improve the form of the abdomen, but it will not alleviate excess skin or disruption of the abdominal muscles. As a result, it is typically a better method for targeting specific areas of fullness in individuals whose concerns are limited to excess accumulations of fatty tissue. In contrast, a tummy tuck – also called abdominoplasty – can tighten lax muscles of the abdominal wall and eliminate extra skin in the stomach region. For this reason, tummy tuck surgery is often the best option for women whose abdominal skin and muscle tissues have stretched during pregnancy, as well as for both men and women who have undergone significant weight fluctuations that have led to redundant skin and loose abdominal muscles. Should excess fat also accompany these concerns, liposuction can usually be employed during an abdominoplasty to help further shape and refine the hips and abdomen.
Ultimately, both tummy tuck and liposuction can be excellent solutions for the right patients, and candidacy should be determined by a board certified plastic surgeon who has considerable experience in both techniques. Following a thorough evaluation of your specific needs and desires, your doctor should be able to recommend the most appropriate option (or combination of methods) for you.
– Stafford R. Broumand, MD