Tummy Tuck or Liposuction: Which Is Better for You?

Tummy tuck and liposuction are both body contouring procedures designed to help you obtain a flatter stomach and a better figure. However, there are significant differences between the two procedures. A tummy tuck is much more extensive and can correct more than just excess fat, while liposuction is designed solely for removing small areas of fat. Photo of a slender woman wearing a white bra and underwear set after undergoing body contouring surgery

If you are interested in improving your figure through body contouring procedures, don’t hesitate to contact Farris Plastic Surgery today at 214-363-1073 to schedule your consultation.

The Differences Between Tummy Tuck and Liposuction

Liposuction is a procedure that can treat many areas of stubborn, unwanted fat on the body. Common areas to perform liposuction on include:

  • Stomach
  • Flanks
  • Thighs
  • Upper arms
  • Back
  • Chin

Liposuction only removes small amounts of fat, and is better for more detailed contouring. The ideal liposuction candidate is already at or near a healthy, stable weight. In addition, to be a good candidate for liposuction, you shouldn’t have a lot of sagging skin and you should have good muscle tone.

On the other hand, a tummy tuck is an extensive procedure that can address:

  • Larger amounts of excess fat in the stomach area
  • Sagging skin
  • Loose, protruding abdominal muscles

A tummy tuck is localized to the abdominal region (hence the name), and is most popular among post-childbirth women. Pregnancy and childbirth can cause abdominal issues that can’t be corrected through diet and exercise alone, but a tummy tuck can help.

A tummy tuck requires a large incision, which will leave an extensive scar. Dr. Farris takes care to position the incision low enough that it can be hidden by underwear, though.

Combining Tummy Tuck and Liposuction

Often, patients can get the best results through a combination of a tummy tuck and liposuction. If you have sagging skin in addition to excess fat, a tummy tuck can help you get a flatter, smoother stomach. However, it won’t address other areas of the body.

It’s common to add liposuction onto a tummy tuck procedure to get more comprehensive results. Liposuction to the love handles and waist can help create a better body shape than a tummy tuck alone could.

Liposuction and Tummy Tuck Candidates

In general, you’ll be a good candidate for liposuction if you:

  • Are at or near your goal weight
  • Do not have a BMI of over 30
  • Have good skin elasticity
  • Do not need muscle repair

If you have a lot of sagging skin or protruding muscles, then you may want to consider a tummy tuck instead. For both procedures, a good candidate:

  • Does not smoke
  • Is in general good health
  • Has realistic expectations

During your consultation, Dr. Farris will examine you, listen to your concerns, and help you find the best procedure or combination of procedures to best reach your goals.

Schedule Your Liposuction or Tummy Tuck Consultation

If you’re interested in tummy tuck or liposuction, call Farris Plastic Surgery today at 214-363-1073 to schedule your complimentary consultation. We serve patients in the greater Dallas and Forth Worth areas of Texas.

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