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Deciding Between a Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction


A woman in underwear wrapping measuring tape around her waist. Oftentimes when a patient has excess fat and skin around their midsection, one of the first things they research is which procedure can help them achieve a flatter, more toned stomach. Because tummy tucks and liposuctions overlap in many ways, patients may be left uncertain about which procedure is best suited to their needs.

 During a consultation at The Landings Surgical Centre in Halifax, NS, Dr. Bendor-Samuel and Dr. Boileau can explain the pros and cons of a tummy tuck vs. liposuction so that you can make an informed decision about your treatment.

How Do Tummy Tucks and Liposuction Differ?

While the goal of both procedures is a flat, smooth abdomen, the methods are quite different. On the one hand, liposuction is primarily intended to remove small pockets of fat tissue that have not responded to diet or exercise. On the other hand, a tummy tuck can remove both fat tissue and stretched or sagging skin from around abdomen alone.  Tummy tucks can also address abdominal muscles that have been stretched apart leaving a firmer more toned tummy.

Although tummy tucks are a much more drastic procedure than liposuction, the two procedures are complementary in many cases. Depending on a patient's aesthetic goals, Drs. Bendor-Samuel and Boileau may recommend combining the two body contouring procedures for maximum effect. 

Candidacy for Procedures

One of the primary differences between liposuctions and tummy tucks is the amount and type of tissue each procedure removes. While neither surgery is a weight loss tool, tummy tucks are a much more effective option for refining results after significant weight loss, as well as after pregnancy or age-related sagging. If you are already within 25 pounds of your ideal weight, then liposuction is often a better alternative if your skin tone is firm and not saggy. 

Consequently, it is important that you inform the doctor about your aesthetic goals during your consultation. Once he has a thorough understanding of your needs, you can decide on the right treatment together. Factors to consider during this discussion may include:

  • How much fat tissue you hope to remove
  • Skin elasticity
  • Your physical health
  • Your budget

With these key points in mind, your doctor can help you can determine which procedure is best for your goals. 

Understanding the Pros and Cons

Most of the differences between liposuction and tummy tucks stem from their differing degrees of invasiveness. Because liposuction is a less invasive procedure than a tummy tuck, it is usually less expensive and requires less time to recover. In many cases, patients can return to their usual routine within a week or so of their surgery. Doctors can also target multiple areas of the body at once, including the midsection, back, arms, and underneath the chin. On the downside, however, liposuction can only remove small pockets of fat tissue.

Deciding between a tummy tuck and liposuction is often a matter of weighing numerous complex factors, from budget and health to personal cosmetic goals.

In contrast, while a tummy tuck is more invasive and consequently more expensive, it is a much more comprehensive procedure. Depending on a patient's individual needs, the doctor can remove fat tissue, trim excess skin, and even tighten abdominal muscles. 

Find Out Which Option is Right for You

Deciding between a tummy tuck and liposuction is often a matter of weighing numerous complex factors, from budget and health to personal cosmetic goals. Call us at (866) 928-0023 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bendor-Samuel or Dr. Boileau and discuss your options for a slimmer silhouette. 

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