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Tummy Tuck vs. Lipo

Posted June 26, 2020 in Liposuction, Tummy Tuck

If you were to randomly ask people, “Which one area of your body are you most unhappy with?”, the majority would likely point out their abdomens. The abdomen is a common trouble area that many adults struggle to shape and tone. Depending on your individual needs, either liposuction or tummy tuck surgery could be the solution to achieving the smoother and flatter waistline you desire.

What is Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Tummy tuck surgery is a plastic surgery procedure that can improve the contour of the tummy area. It does so by eliminating excess, loose skin and tightening weakened stomach muscles to create a flatter, firmer, and more toned abdominal contour. The results from tummy tuck surgery can be significant, and when patients avoid future pregnancies and weight gain, results can be long lasting.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure that can improve the contour of nearly any area of the body. It does so by removing excess fat, leaving the treated area flatter and smoother. Liposuction is often performed on the abdomen to get rid of stubborn belly fat. Even if only a small amount of fat is removed, body contour can be significantly improved with abdominal liposuction. When patients avoid future weight gain and pregnancies, results from liposuction on the tummy area can be long lasting.

Understanding the Key Differences

Both tummy tuck surgery and liposuction can improve abdominal contour, but they have a few key differences:


Tummy Tuck


Fat Removal



Muscle Tightening



Excess Skin removal



Who is a Good Candidate for Each Treatment?

Good candidates for tummy tuck surgery want to improve their abdominal contour by eliminating the excess skin and/or loose stomach muscles that often result from pregnancy and major weight fluctuations. Good candidates for liposuction want to improve their body contours by eliminating stubborn fat from either their abdomen or other areas of the body, such as the hips, thighs, or upper arms. In both cases, candidates should be healthy, at a stable body weight, and prepared to undergo major surgery.

Can I Get a Tummy Tuck with Liposuction?

Many people have stubborn belly fat as well as loose abdominal skin and/or weakened, separated abdominal muscles. Therefore, while some individuals would benefit from either tummy tuck or liposuction, others would achieve better results by getting a tummy tuck with lipo (liposuction and tummy tuck at the same time). This combination of procedures, frequently performed, can dramatically improve your waistline and give your abdomen a smoother, flatter, and firmer contour.

To learn more about tummy tuck or liposuction and how they could benefit you personally, please contact us at (657) 294-8375 or online. Dr. Taleisnik is performing cosmetic surgeries and is currently offering free telehealth consultations as well as in-person consultations for your convenience and benefit.