David Stoker
Marina Del Rey
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Flat & Toned Midsection

Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction

When it comes to cosmetically enhancing the look of the tummy and abdominal region, there are basically two types of plastic surgery procedures that are available: the Tummy Tuck and Liposuction.

What is the Tummy Tuck?

The tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure that has been designed to basically give patients a more defined and firmer abdominal region through the surgical excision of skin- and sometimes, fat- as well as the tightening of the abdominal muscles that make up the abdominal wall.

Why do patients undergo a Tummy Tuck?

Some people may find that no matter how hard they try to exercise or diet, some level of excess skin and fat stubbornly remains on and around their abdominals. Other people may have gained and then subsequently lost a significant amount of weight, leaving their abdominal regions with an excess of sagging skin that is unable to tighten around a thinner body after it had been stretched for as long as it has. Some mothers may find that their abdominal regions simply do not bounce back to the way it was before she got pregnant, no matter how much she tries to eat correctly or exercise regularly.

Whatever the case, there are some people who will find it near impossible to naturally achieve the look and physique that they desire of their abdominals through dieting or exercise alone. For these people, the tummy tuck is probably the most optimal option that will bring about the look to their abdominals that they desire.

Tummy Tuck Before & After Photo Gallery

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure that is capable of literally suctioning out fat from various parts of a patient’s body. The most common areas that liposuction is performed on are: the abdomen, the thighs, the buttocks, the hips, and the back.

Why do patients undergo Liposuction?

Like patients who choose to undergo a tummy tuck procedure, patients who choose to undergo a liposuction procedure are doing so because diet and exercise have not been able to get rid of excess fat. Unlike the tummy tuck, liposuction can be performed on virtually any part of the body that has the presence of excessive fat, but does not entail the removal of extra skin or the tightening of muscles.

The differences between the Tummy Tuck and Liposuction

Although both the tummy tuck and liposuction procedures have been designed to essentially give patients aesthetically-pleasing contours and physiques, the two procedures actually work best when performed to their strengths; there are certain results that liposuction alone is unable to achieve and there are certain elements to the tummy tuck that may make the procedure unnecessary when liposuction is available.

Of course, a glaring difference between the tummy tuck and liposuction is the fact that the tummy tuck is limited to being performed on the abdominals while liposuction can be performed virtually anywhere. However, there are several other differences between the two that make the difference between them more obvious than just simply the location on which the procedures are performed.

Liposuction is limited to simply being able to surgically remove excess fat as it exists on certain parts of the body- it does not remove excess skin and it does not surgically tighten any muscles. The tummy tuck, on the other hand, is capable of surgically removing excess skin as well as tightening abdominal muscles; liposuction is actually often used during the tummy tuck procedure if excess fat exists in the area.

Although the tummy tuck, at first, seems just as effective, if not more so when it comes to the abdominal region, as liposuction, it has its drawbacks for certain people. If a patient simply has excess fat, with no indication of excess skin or the need for muscles to be tightened, then the liposuction procedure would suffice. Unnecessarily undergoing the tummy tuck just means more exposure to potential surgical risks and complications as well as a longer recovery period.

However, for patients who have excess fat as well as excess skin and the need for tightened muscles, then the tummy tuck will be more effective at bringing about the desired results.

In short, patients who simply have excessive fat will fare better with the liposuction procedure and patients who need the removal of excess skin and fat as well as the tightening of underlying muscles will likely achieve better results with the tummy tuck procedure.

If you would like to know more about the tummy tuck, liposuction, the differences between the two, or about which can help you achieve the body that you desire, please call us at 310.300.1779 or request a consultation online.

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Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Stoker performs plastic surgery in Los Angeles. Dr. David Stoker has also gained widespread recognition for liposuction, breast augmentation, tummy tucks, rhinoplasty and many other cosmetic procedures. He serves men and women throughout Southern California (including Beverly Hills, Pasadena, Long Beach, Santa Monica) and the rest of the world.