Some body parts are prone to harboring stubborn fat pockets, regardless of a healthy lifestyle. These areas of unwanted fat tissue can be resistant to diet and exercise. Lipo and tummy tucks are popular procedures to address these concerns, but what are their differences? 

First, knowing these are not weight loss surgeries is essential. Both liposuction and a tummy tuck are meant to sculpt the body, not reduce weight. In this blog, we’ll discuss the differences between the two and how to tell which is right for you.

Liposuction removes stubborn fat cells

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that contours and sculpts various areas of the body by removing unwanted fat, such as in the:

  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Cheeks
  • Jowls
  • Neck
  • Back
  • Bra area
  • The upper arms

Fat cell removal with liposuction is permanent and can be performed on several body areas during one session. Another benefit is that the procedure may be performed in conjunction with other techniques, such as:

Dr. Shuster's liposuction technique can best be described as “liposculpture.” This is a highly refined method of sculpting tissue to achieve the desired body contour.

A tummy tuck removes fat cells, repairs stomach muscles, and tightens loose skin

One of the most common concerns women have after pregnancy, and childbirth is the appearance of their abdomen. This is often because the skin doesn’t go back to normal due to a loss of natural elasticity, producing:

  • Sagging skin
  • Stretch marks
  • Protruding muscles
  • Fat that is difficult to lose

A tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) smooths and flattens the abdominal area by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the abdominal muscles if needed. The procedure can be performed independently or as part of a mommy makeover, and Dr. Shuster may also use liposuction to achieve your desired abdominal contours.

Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck: What’s the Difference?

Liposuction and abdominoplasty are procedures that contour the body but accomplish different goals. So, what are the differences between liposuction and abdominoplasty?

Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure designed to remove small, stubborn areas of fat from all over the body. It’s best for patients who want to reduce the size of fat deposits without addressing loose skin or separated weakened muscles.

A tummy tuck is a surgical — and therefore a more extensive — procedure that corrects loose skin, tightens muscles, and removes excess fat in the abdominal area. The method works best for people needing more comprehensive body sculpting and contouring.

Let Dr. Shuster help you decide between liposuction and a tummy tuck

During your consultation with Dr. Shuster, he will thoroughly examine you while listening to your preferences and formulating the best treatment option for your case. In some instances, both liposuction and abdominoplasty will be performed together. 

Dr. Bernard A. Shuster, MD, PA, one of Newsweek’s Best Plastic Surgeons of 2021, has been in practice for over two decades. Our boutique practice offers the highest quality results and an exceptional patient experience. We have a warm, friendly staff to make you feel comfortable, and we take care of you every step of your body sculpting journey with us — especially during your recovery. Shuster Plastic Surgery is a leading choice for discerning women, and Dr. Shuster encourages prospective patients to review his work. We welcome you to contact us for a consultation regarding whether liposuction or a tummy tuck will accomplish your aesthetic goals.

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