Difference between liposuction and tummy tuck

I don't know if I need one or another. Would you please give me more information on this?


F, 54, Wisconsin

Liposuction is removing fat and if you have a small pocket of fat and are basically close to your ideal body weight and have good skin quality it may be the choice for you.

tummy tuck is removing excess skin and typically will include repair of abdominal wall muscles. A liposuction is often done at the same time as a tummy tuck if you have both excess skin and fat. You would need a consultation to determine which of these procedures will give you the results you desire. 

i hope this helps clarify the difference

best of luck in your decision

jack Peterson md



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Liposuction is a wonderful operation to remove fat from areas where you have localized areas of excess. It is a reproportioning tool, not a weight loss tool. If the skin is reasonably elastic, excellent results can be achieved with careful liposuction. But if the skin has been stretched from major weight changes or pregnancy, liposuction alone won’t be enough. You may need an operation to remove the excess skin as well as the fat. That’s where a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty comes in.  Tummy tucks comes in two basic forms - a “mini” tuck which tightens only the lower half of the abdomen and leaves a shorter scar is often used together with liposuction to flatten the abdomen below the umbilicus. A “full” or “regular” tummy tuck tightens the entire abdomen from the base of the breasts all the way down. The scar is a little longer, but the result can be very impressive!

David N Clayton, MD, FACS



Thank you for sharing your question.  Liposuction is a surgical procedure to remove fat pockets.  If you have excess skin on your abdomen from having children, and have a Liposuction procedure, you might be left with hanging skin.  An Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that removes the excess skin and usually involves liposuction depending on the patient's needs.  Most women are left with separated abdominal muscles, which is called rectus diastasis,  after having children.  Repairing these muscles is part of an Abdominoplasty.  If you are considering having either of these procedures please see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in your area.  There are some before and after photos on my website of Abdominoplasty Surgeries-  Before and After Body Gallery.  I hope this information was helpful to you.

Best Wishes, Dr. B.

Please contact a board certified plastic surgeon that does this type of procedure for requested information. Thank you