Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck: Which Is the Better Option for Me?

Trying to shed fat from the stomach area can often be frustrating, especially if genetics make you prone to carrying more weight around the midsection. Patients often turn to plastic surgery as a way of eliminating fat from this area to re-shape it if other lifestyle changes they’ve made haven’t helped. Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, is a procedure that helps to restore a more toned, slimmer, and firmer stomach after pregnancy or major weight fluctuations. Liposuction from my Toronto practice removes fat that’s resistant to diet and exercise. However, while they are both recommended for patients with similar cosmetic goals, there are some major differences between these surgeries. Even though they’re both used to transform the appearance of the abdominal area and can make you feel more confident about your looks, the two procedures aren’t interchangeable.

Liposuction

Liposuction is a more simple and less intensive form of surgery in comparison to tummy tuck surgery with fewer risks and less recovery time. This surgery involves removing fat cells from below the skin using a cannula and it’s ideal for reducing stubborn pockets of excess fat. This treatment is ideal for the patient who is close to their ideal weight except for some deposits of extra fat from targeted areas. As opposed to a tummy tuck, it can be performed on other areas of the body in addition to the stomach, including the surrounding “transition” areas such as the flanks, hips, lower back, and outer thighs.

Tummy Tuck

Tummy tucks are usually best suited for patients who have loose skin and/or separated muscles that they want to address in addition to some stubborn fat on the stomach. Pregnancy, aging, previous surgery or weight fluctuations can cause permanently stretched, sagging skin on the stomach that a patient may wish to remove. A tummy tuck can remove the skin and repair stretched sit-up muscles. It’s ideal for patients who don’t intend to have children in the future as pregnancy could undo the results.

The best way of finding out whether you’re a candidate for your procedure of interest is to have a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon. For more details on cosmetic procedures like liposuction, contact the Toronto-based office of Dr. Wayne Carman. Call us at (416) 322-7108 or fill out a contact form online to schedule a consultation and find out whether you would be eligible for this treatment.

Written by Wayne Carman

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