Tummy Tuck vs Liposuction

Semone Rochlin Plastic Surgeon Scottsdale, AZ

Dr. Semone B. Rochlin is a board-certified General Surgeon specializing in Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery. As one of the only female cosmetic surgeons in Scottsdale or Gilbert, she brings a unique perspective to the field. Dr. Rochlin connects with her patients on a deeper level because she understands their needs.... more

There are many differences between liposuction and tummy tuck in Scottsdale. Both are cosmetic procedures that are performed on men and women — and that’s pretty much the extent of similarity between the two. If you aren’t sure which procedure is right for you, remember that choosing a tummy tuck or liposuction mainly depends on where you are in terms of weight loss.

Tummy Tuck and Liposuction 

Why do people think they are more or less that same? Well, for one thing, the two procedures can be done at the same time. 

  • Tummy tucks are often performed on people who have already lost the weight they wanted to and now want to eliminate excess skin.
  • Liposuction does not remove or reduce excess skin.

Another difference between liposuction and tummy tuck is that lipo can be used to remove fat deposits from other parts of the body. Here’s a really useful ​FAQ on lipo​. A tummy tuck, of course, is only for the abdominal area.

​If You’ve Lost Weight, You Probably Want a Tummy Tuck

When you consider liposuction versus a tummy tuck, remember that liposuction removes fat but not skin. If you have loose skin around your abdomen, a tummy tuck is the answer. Tummy tuck surgery also repairs ​separated ​muscles and tightens those weakened by weight gain, including from pregnancy. That said, people who have had the procedure are generally very pleased with the results. 

A tummy tuck and liposuction may be done together if there is still some excess fat ​throughout the body that the​ patient wants to be removed. A partial abdominoplasty focuses on removing excess skin below the belly button. Dr. Rochlin can advise you which procedure is best for you and whether adding lipo will maximize results. 

Lipo Works With a Targeted Weight Loss Program 

If you’re still torn between a tummy tuck or liposuction, remember that liposuction is a great way to finish off a weight loss program by removing the weight that just won’t come off on its own. While it can provide body contouring, keep in mind that it can’t correct irregular shapes from weakened muscles. It contours the body by removing fat. 

Liposuction is best for younger people whose skin is still elastic. Once the excess fat is gone, the skin usually adapts and contours with little problem. Older patients with less elastic skin, who use lipo, may benefit from a tummy tuck as well. 

If you have questions regarding cosmetic procedures, ​request an appointment​ with Dr. Rochlin at one of her three offices.