Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction: Which Is Right For You?

When looking at your options for body contouring, it can seem a little overwhelming. There are plenty of great options that can help you achieve your ideal figure, but ultimately your plastic surgeon can help you determine the best procedure for your goals. Two of the most popular body contouring procedures (and plastic surgery options in general) are the tummy tuck and liposuction. Here’s what to know about these two options and which one might be right for you.

What are Liposuction and Tummy Tucks Used For?

Both liposuction and tummy tucks can be a tool for men and women to improve the contours and look of the stomach. For many people, diet and exercise just aren’t enough for reducing fat or excess skin. In this case, body contouring can achieve long-term results and boost your confidence in your figure.

When is a Tummy Tuck Appropriate?

A tummy tuck is a procedure that gets rid of both extra fat and skin on the stomach. This technique also tightens the underlying abdominal muscles, giving a more toned look to your midsection if the muscles are stretched or separated. Good candidates have already lost some weight through a combination of exercise and diet changes. Good candidates also have a significant amount of loose, sagging skin or have a prominent belly, even when they are in their best shape. In comparison to liposuction, a tummy tuck is a more invasive procedure that requires a longer recovery time and has a greater risk of infection. With that said, your board certified plastic surgeon can take steps to minimize scarring and provide a better recovery.

When is Liposuction Appropriate?

Liposuction is an alternative option to a tummy tuck. This is a more appropriate procedure for people who are near their ideal weight and have decent muscle tone. Good candidates also have tighter skin elasticity and just need some minimal fat removal to enhance their appearance. The most common areas for liposuction for men and women are in the abdomen, hips, and chin. This procedure focuses on isolated fat reduction in specific areas and will not effect overall skin elasticity or underlying muscles. The benefit of liposuction is that it is much less invasive than tummy tuck, which means a much shorter recovery time. Most patients see results and reduced bruising within a few weeks after the procedure.

Which Option is Best for You?

The procedure that you choose is highly dependent on your current condition and the results you’re hoping for. If you need both skin removal and muscle tightening, then the tummy tuck would be the better option for you. If you just require some localized fat reduction without concerns about excess skin, then liposuction is probably the way to go. During your consultation with Dr. Perry, you’ll discuss the right surgical plan for you.

Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Wendell Perry can create a customized treatment plan for you based on your goals for body contouring. To learn more about tummy tuck and liposuction inAlexandria – Woodbridge, VA & Rockville, MD, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.