Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction

Plastic Surgeon Serving Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Nearby West Palm Beach

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Liposuction and a tummy tuck are two of the most popular body contouring procedures we offer. Both can be used to achieve a flatter stomach and a more sculpted figure. However, there are significant differences between these two procedures, and it’s important to understand what each one can and can’t do when determining the right treatment plan to achieve your goals.

What Can a Tummy Tuck Do?

woman wrapping a tape measure around her midsection after undergoing liposuction and a tummy tuckA tummy tuck is performed to specifically address concerns in the abdominal region. During the procedure, excess skin and fat is removed, and loose or torn abdominal muscles are tightened, in order to help you achieve a more toned, flat stomach appearance. A tummy tuck is a more extensive procedure than liposuction and often requires a longer recovery. However, it can also provide more comprehensive body contouring results in the abdominal area.

The procedure is often performed to address the changes that occur do the abdominal region during pregnancy. It is also an effective treatment for individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight and experience loose, hanging skin on their abdomen.

What Can Liposuction Do?

Liposuction is a body contouring procedure performed to eliminate stubborn areas of fat that have been resistant to diet and exercise. While the stomach is one of the most common places liposuction is performed, it can also be used to get rid of unwanted fat in your:

  • Back
  • Flanks
  • Arms
  • Thighs
  • Chin
  • Chest (as part of a male breast reduction procedure)
  • Waist
  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Calves
  • Ankles

During a liposuction procedure, small amounts of fat are removed. As a result, it isn’t a tool for weight loss. Instead, it’s intended to put the finishing touches on the fitness efforts of an individual at or near their ideal body weight.

Which Procedure Is Right for Me?

If your primary concern is to eliminate unwanted fat in the abdominal region, liposuction is most likely the right option for you. However, if you also need to remove excess skin or tighten loose abdominal muscles, a tummy tuck is most likely going to be a more effective treatment to address your goals.

In some instances, Dr. Bogue may recommend performing liposuction in conjunction with a tummy tuck for more comprehensive results. During your initial consultation, Dr. Bogue will recommend the ideal treatment plan for your unique needs and goals.

Contact our Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon

Please contact Dr. David Bogue using the form on this page or call 561-886-1000 today to schedule a free consultation. We serve patients in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding areas of Florida.

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