Is Liposuction Better Than a Tummy Tuck?

A group of women in bras and panties smile and laugh while seated in front of a large window in a white brick room When it comes to abdominoplasty and liposuction, one isn’t better than the other. They’re just different from one another. If you are wondering which would be best suited to addressing your concern with your abdomen, Dr. Zachary Farris can help you decide!

Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction

There are quite a few differences between these body procedures, but generally it can be boiled down to the following:

  • A tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen. This bulge may have developed following pregnancy, weight loss, or as a result of the aging process. Or you may have always had excess tissue in this area despite being at or near your ideal body weight. Abdominoplasty is also capable of repairing stretched abdominal muscles (a harmless but pesky condition called diastasis recti).
  • Liposuction removes targeted pockets of excess fat. It does not remove a large area of bulging fat and skin like a tummy tuck does, but it may be right for you if you have an isolated pocket of fat on your abdomen with skin that has good elasticity and firmness.

Mostly it comes down to the amount of tissue needing to be removed, as well as the condition of the skin. If your skin is still firm and would shrink back to your body once the fat underneath is removed, then liposuction may be a good choice. But if there’s stretched out, deflated skin that needs to be removed, a tummy tuck might be right for you.

Sometimes the procedures are combined. A tummy tuck is performed along with liposuction of the surrounding areas in order to get optimal, hourglass results.

Your Treatment Plan Should be Individualized

You are a unique person with specific goals and a specific body. You deserve a plastic surgeon who customizes their surgical recommendations. During your consultation with Dr. Farris, he will examine the area and listen to your goals before recommending an approach. It could be that liposuction, a tummy tuck, or a combination is the right way to sculpt and shape your abdomen. To arrange your consultation in Dallas, please call our team at 214-363-1073.

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