Last Updated on September 21st, 2018

Improving the look and contour of the abdomen can be achieved by either tummy tuck or liposuction. For those who wish to improve this common problem area, this can be confusing. However, there are a few things worth considering that can help clear up some of the major differences between these two procedures.

Removal of Fat

Here is the good news, both of these procedures can be used to get rid of unwanted belly flab, just in different ways. In some cases, the surgeon may actually recommend combining these procedures for the best possible end result. This will depend on the individual and the specific look they are trying to achieve. The liposuction will remove the excess fat from the abdomen, and the tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) will remove and tighten the excess skin to prevent a puckering appearance.

Body Contouring

A huge concern for many individuals considering either of these procedures is body contouring and shaping. Although liposuction does provide this benefit, a tummy tuck can provide more options. This is because during the procedure the surgeon can remove excess fat and skin, while tightening up the abdominal area.

Healing Times

Both of these procedures are considered invasive, although liposuction is mildly invasive. Healing time will be less with liposuction, but cannot always provide all of the benefits as a tummy tuck. Those who choose to have the tuck performed can expect healing to take place over a few weeks, rather than days.

Other Considerations

As previously mentioned, both a tummy tuck and liposuction can offer great benefit. Contouring of the abdomen and removal of fat deposits can be achieved with either. It is not uncommon for some patients to have both performed during a single procedure.