Tummy Tuck vs. Abdominal Liposuction: Which Is Better? By Oren Zvi Lerman, M.D. on June 05, 2017

A woman in a white top and bottomOur Manhattan plastic surgery center offers patients custom care that leads to excellent results. Tailoring the surgery to the patient is important to consider when dealing with body contouring and sculpting surgery. Certain procedures may prove more effective than others.

For example, let's consider the situations in which tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) and abdominal liposuction may prove more ideal.

About Liposuction

Liposuction is a form of cosmetic fat reduction that uses suction to remove unwanted pockets of fat from targeted areas of the body. This is performed through a safe surgical needle known as a cannula. Once the fat cells are removed, patients will appear trim, toned, and athletic.

The procedure is commonly performed on abdominal area, though it can also be performed on the upper arms, thighs, upper torso, neck, and parts of the face.

Ideal Candidates for Liposuction

Good candidates for liposuction are people who have unwanted fat in different parts of the body. They should be in good health and not suffer from any health conditions that would make the procedure a health risk. Keep in mind that the surgery is not for weight loss per se, and only a certain amount of fat can be removed safely in a session.

Ideal Uses for Abdominal Liposuction

Abdominal liposuction is an ideal option to consider to remove unwanted fat from the stomach area. This includes getting rid of the love handles and issues affecting the flanks as well as the stubborn fat that accumulates around the lower abdominal region.

About Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck is a type of body contouring procedure that is performed to reduce drooping, sagging, and stretchmarks around the abdominal region. An anchor-shaped incision is made along the lower abdominal area. Through these incisions, excess tissue is removed, underlying structures are revised, and the overall appearance of the abdominal area can be improved.

Ideal Candidates for Tummy Tuck

Good candidates for tummy tuck are people who have loose and drooping skin around the belly. This is often due to major weight loss or pregnancy. The patient should be in good overall health such that a tummy tuck will not pose any sort of risk to health or wellness if it is performed.

Ideal Uses for Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck is a great way of sculpting the body after its undergone major changes from weight loss. Skin can expand to accommodate added weight, though it will only shrink back so far when that weight is lost. The tummy tuck is the only way to remove this excess skin around the abdominal region and improve the overall body contour in the process.

Tailoring Body Contouring to the Patient

Abdominal liposuction and tummy tuck differ in terms of what they can achieve, which is why it's important for us to tailor each body contouring treatment to the needs of the patient. Custom care can lead to optimal results and ideal outcomes. During the consultation process, we can discuss which kind of body contouring option may be ideal for you.

Learn More About Body Contouring and Sculpting

For more information about tummy tuck, liposuction, and your many other options for advanced body sculpting and contouring, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. We will help you look your best and enhance your confidence in your appearance.

Dr. Oren Lerman

Oren Z. Lerman, MD

Dr. Oren Lerman performs a variety of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures with a specialty in reconstructive breast surgery. In fact, he is the director of breast reconstruction at Lenox Hill Hospital's Institute for Comprehensive Breast Care as well as the Microvascular and Cosmetic Breast Fellowship. In addition to the hospital, Dr. Lerman is affiliated with:

  • The New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons (Past President)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery (Diplomate)
  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery

You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Lerman by filling out our online form or calling (212) 434-6980.

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