Liposuction and tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, are two cosmetic procedures aiming at improving the appearance of your tummy.
A flat-toned stomach may be challenging to achieve and maintain over the years. Life events such as pregnancy, childbirth, weight gain or substantial weight loss, or simply aging can have an impact on the aesthetics of your stomach.
Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how much time you spend on the mat doing crunches and sticking to a strict diet plan. You struggle to achieve the desired contour.
A body sculpting procedure like liposuction or tummy tuck can be the perfect solution, but which one is right for you?
Do You Need Liposuction or A Tummy Tuck?
Liposuction is advisable when:
- you are close to your ideal weight
- your abdominal wall is not stretched or separated
- you don’t have skin in excess in your belly area
In these cases, fat removal is sufficient to obtain a flatter tummy with a nice contour.
A tummy tuck is suitable when you need to restore your abdomen wall if your muscles have separated, diastasis recti, or lost tone after pregnancy. An abdominoplasty is also required when laxities and excess skin from conspicuous weight loss after a diet or bariatric surgery.
The two treatments can sometimes be combined to maximize results. However, your plastic surgeon can only suggest this option after an ad-hoc assessment and risk evaluation.
What are the differences between liposuction and tummy tuck?
Liposuction and tummy tuck are two procedures performed using different surgical methods.
Results and post-op recovery for the two treatments are also unique. It is important to understand such differences before opting for one or both treatments.
There are often misconceptions around cosmetic procedures, especially Vaser liposuction. It would be best if you always clarified any doubt you might have before undergoing an operation.
Doctors perform both procedures under general anesthetic, but liposuction is a less invasive treatment. They first separate fat cells and then suction away through small incisions with a thin cannula.
Many choose to lipo other body areas, including the thighs, arms, chin, and face.
Abdominoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure performed on the tummy only to remove loose skin in excess. It may require the repair of your abdominal muscles first. They are repositioned and stitched together to tighten your abdominal wall. The tummy tissues are then pulled down and removed.
The tummy tuck presents more surgical risks than liposuction. Blood clots, fluids building up, and infection are more prevalent risks in tummy tuck operations than liposuction treatments.
Abdominoplasty also leaves a more prominent scar than liposuction with an incision from hip to hip in the lower abdomen.
What are the differences between results?
Both procedures lead to a more pleasing shape of your stomach.
With liposuction, you’ll notice a flatter stomach and less loose skin, unlike a tummy tuck. In other words, the shape of your abdominal muscle will be exactly the same. Vaser liposuction with Renuvion removes excess skin by tightening it with the latest technology.
Results are considered long-term, especially if you follow some essential post-liposuction tips, including home aftercare instructions and lifestyle changes.
After a tummy tuck, you will notice stronger midsection muscles and a firmer abdomen area with more permanent results.
What are the cost differences?
Tummy tuck surgery, a more invasive and complex procedure, is usually more expensive than liposuction.
The average cost for abdominoplasty in the United States is over $6,000, whereas liposuction is $3,637. At Premier Liposuction, prices start at $2,400 for the first area.
What does recovery look like?
The recovery timeline differs significantly between the tummy tuck and liposuction. Knowing the different post-op journeys will make you more prepared for what to expect after your treatment.
Healing after abdominoplasty takes longer than post-liposuction recovery. Additionally, you might experience greater discomfort for a longer period of time.
Tummy tuck recovery
The tummy tuck is a major procedure requiring a slow recovery time.
It can take up to 1 or 2 months to fully recover from surgery and return to your everyday life. This means heavy lifting and intense physical activity.
You might experience moderate pain and feel tired for a few weeks after surgery.
When you go home, you will have tiny tubes in your lower belly for a few days or sometimes weeks. This will depend on your personal recovery process. The tubes allow you to manually suction away the fluids to help avoid infections and drain liquids that might build up in your tummy.
You will wear surgical garments and need to look after your incisions, following the instructions given by your surgeon.
Liposuction recovery is usually quicker and easier compared to a tummy tuck.
The initial swelling and bruising can last for a few weeks. However, you could return to work and moderate physical exercise within the first week after your treatment.
You will need help at home during the first few days of your recovery. Also, the initial discomfort usually lasts 48-72 hours and improves quickly with time.
Tummy Contouring Procedures: A Final Comparison
Liposuction and tummy tuck are two very different treatments.
Depending on your needs and expected outcome, a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon will clarify which procedure is more suitable for you.
In sum, choose a tummy tuck if:
- Pregnancy has weakened or stretched your midsection muscles
- You want to get rid of excess skin and laxities
- You have undergone a bariatric surgery procedure
Good candidates for stomach liposuction include:
- Normal weight or are slightly overweight
- You have stubborn fat around your belly
- You want to complete your weight loss program with an ad hoc intervention in your belly area
The best way to know if liposuction or a tummy tuck is suitable for you is to book a consultation with Premier Liposuction.
We will be happy to answer all your questions and suggest the best path to achieve your desired stomach shape.