Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction

A close up of a woman's hand pinching her own belly fat in jeans and a sports bra

Following a very difficult year, many things seem to be getting back to normal in America. People are returning to activities they love, family gatherings, and outings with friends. On top of all of these great signs of normalcy, people across the country are expressing a renewed interest in plastic surgery procedures, many of which had to be delayed in 2020.

At least one source shows that body contouring procedures may be popular this year. In a survey of more than 1,000 women, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found that many were interested in tummy tucks and liposuction. More specifically, among the women who said they were likely to consider plastic surgery in the next 6 months, 17 percent said they would consider liposuction and 22 percent said tummy tucks would be the top choice. This put both these procedures in the lead.

If you are considering one of these procedures, how do you choose? Below, we look at some of the ways the procedures differ.

Tummy tuck candidates: Also called abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is ideal after pregnancy or massive weight loss that results in stretched tissue and stubborn fat. The tissue and fat usually lingers despite diet and fitness, so a cosmetic surgery may be the right way to tighten everything up.

Liposuction candidates: Liposuction removes stubborn, isolated pockets of fat. It cannot tighten a significant amount of sagging skin. It is ideal for resistant fat that sticks around despite a healthy diet and active lifestyle.

Combining the procedures: It’s not at all uncommon to combine a tummy tuck with liposuction. Doing so makes it possible for our plastic surgeons to achieve optimal results by addressing excess fat, sagging abdominal skin, and stretched abdominal tissues and muscle all at once.

There’s still time to own your body contouring goals in 2021. Consult our experienced plastic surgeons to decide what’s right for you.

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Our experienced plastic surgeons are ready to help you plan your body contouring journey. To arrange a consultation in Mullica Hill, NJ, please call American Surgical Arts at 856-362-8898.

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