Liposuction and Tummy Tuck: Two Procedures with a Different Focus

Many patients of the Cosmetic Surgery Institute have questions about how an abdominoplasty (better known as a tummy tuck) relates to liposuction. Toronto’s Dr. Wayne Carman is always happy to explain the difference between the two procedures in person during a consultation visit, but these are the basics:

  • Liposuction: While this procedure is most commonly associated with reducing abdominal fat, it can actually be applied in a variety of areas around the body to surgically remove stubborn fat cells and provide sleeker contours. Liposuction can restore definition to a neck obscured by a double chin, reduce overly large breasts on women (and men suffering from gynecomastia), and slim down thighs, arms, the back, hips, buttocks, legs, and more. Liposuction is not a weight-loss method, but is designed to physically contour regions where excess fat creates an unwanted aesthetic bulge.
  • Tummy Tuck: More properly known as an abdominoplasty, it is less a single procedure and more a combination of elements that are applied as needed on a patient-by-patient basis. A tummy tuck can sometimes include liposuction as part of the transformative process. A tummy tuck is less about fat reduction and more about reducing a flabby appearance caused by excessive loose abdominal skin. The change involves tightening lax abdominal muscles, repositioning tissues, pulling skin taut and removing the excess skin and remaining fat. This is especially effective for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight, or for women with overstretched abdominal skin following pregnancy.

Learn more about abdominoplasty and liposuction in Toronto by calling Plastic Surgeon Dr. Wayne Carman at (416) 322-7108 or 1-888-451-1140. You can also visit drcarmanplasticsurgery.com.

Written by +Wayne Carman

Dr. Carman is a Toronto Plastic Surgeon practicing breast, body and facial cosmetic surgery.