The Difference Between Liposuction and Tummy Tucks

Choosing Between Liposuction And Tummy Tucks

A question we’re often asked is the differences and benefits regarding liposuction v tummy tuck surgery. Both procedures come under the body contouring umbrella, but offer different things.

When considering liposuction v tummy tuck surgery the key is understand what each body contouring procedure can provide you with. Do you want to remove fat or remove excess skin from the abdomen? Both will reshape the mid section of the body but are very different techniques.

Below you’ll find some information to help you choose between liposuction v tummy tuck procedures.


The aim of liposuction is to surgically remove fat from the body. Fat can be taken from numerous body areas, although the abdomen is a popular treatment area.

Fat is taken from the abdomen using a cannula and there are various methods of liposuction. Body-jet is a water assisted fat removal technique that uses a thinner cannula to minimise tissue trauma. Mr Ross favours this form of liposuction as it provides precise results.

The benefit of liposuction v tummy tuck surgery is that the scarring is less and fat removal is targeted. However, unlike an abdominoplasty procedure no skin can be removed or tightened.

Tummy Tuck

If you’re considering liposuction v tummy tuck procedures think about what you really want to achieve. An abdominoplasty is designed to remove skin and can also offer a chance to tighten the muscles below the skin.

While some fat can be removed at the same time, it’s primary objective is to improve the appearance of the abdomen by firming the skin via removal.

There is scarring to expect as part of this surgery, and extended recovery time should be expected. This is a complex procedure and should be considered carefully before being undertaken.

It’s advised to seek the advice and expertise of a plastic surgeon who specialises in body contouring surgery procedures like this.

Combine The Two

The other thing when considering liposuction v tummy tuck is that the two procedures can actually work together. Indeed, because both offer something different they can be combined as part of a body contouring surgery makeover.

Liposuction is used first to remove unwanted fat from the abdomen but the excess skin is removed as part of the tummy tuck process. This combination surgery helps to get an even result and flat tummy appearance.

When these two procedures are also combined with breast rejuvenation surgery it’s often classed as a ‘mummy makeover’. Check out the mummy makeover page if you’d like more information about this.

This combination of procedures will not suit everyone, and for some patients only one body contouring procedure is required. Book a consultation if you wish to discuss your options.

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