Overview of Tummy Tuck and Liposuction

Patients often wonder if they should get a tummy tuck, liposuction, or some combination of the two. The answer to this question isn’t always black and white; it varies depending on multiple factors that we will explore in greater detail below.

The amount of excess skin and fat you have is one of the key factors in deciding which procedure to choose. If most of your problem area is extra skin, a tummy tuck will give you the best results. But if there’s not much loose skin and mostly just fatty tissue, liposuction might be a better option.

Where your body stores excess fat is just as important to consider as the amount of excess fat. For example, if most of your extra weight is around your waistline, then you might be better suited for a tummy tuck. However, if most of the fat appears above your waistline, liposuction may give you better results.

Tummy Tuck

An abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that eliminates any excess skin and fat from the stomach area. Not to mention, if the abdominal muscles are loose or separated, they can be tightened during this surgery as well.


Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat from problem areas of the body, such as the abdomen, thighs, arms, and neck. Liposuction can help improve your appearance by giving you a more slender figure.

Which Procedure is Right for You?

There are several factors to consider when choosing between a tummy tuck and liposuction, as we discussed above. In general, if you have a large amount of excess skin and fat, then a tummy tuck will likely be your best option. If you have a smaller amount of excess skin and fat, then liposuction may be the better choice for you.  Additionally, if you need repair of muscle separation, a tummy tuck would also be your best option.

In conclusion, you must think about what you hope to achieve with surgery. If a striking transformation in your appearance is what you desire, then go for a tummy tuck. On the other hand, if more subtle changes suffice, liposuction might be the way to go.

If you would like to change your appearance through either a tummy tuck or liposuction, it is vital that you consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon. This way, you can communicate your specific goals and receive professional insight on which procedure would be the best fit for you.

Speak to a member of the Dallas Society of Plastic surgeons to get the answers to your questions about a tummy tuck or liposuction.

Our top priority is to provide you with relief and restoration. Contact one of board-certified surgeons today to schedule a consultation.

Author: DSPS