Tummy tuck vs liposuction, which procedure is right for me?


Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat for firmness and smoothens the abdominal profile through incision. On the other hand, liposuction removes fat and tightens skin not only in the abdominal profile, but within other areas of the body.

What is the difference between liposuction and a tummy tuck?

A lot of us want slim and firm proportions, but with issues such as age, lack of personal time, and difficulties with metabolism, it’s not always easy achieving or maintaining this trait. Thanks to procedures such as liposuction and tummy tucks, it is possible to achieve slimmer proportions despite those obstacles. These medical procedures remove excess fat from areas of the body leaving you with smoother and firmer skin.

But how do you know if these procedures work? And which one is right for you?
Here’s the breakdown. Tummy tuck is a process that only involves your belly, (hence tummy). It’s also referred to as abdominoplasty in the medical world. If you want to remove excessive sagging skin that remains even after strong efforts to lose weight, this process is right for you. The general procedure involves the incision of specific belly areas to remove fat and contour the body’s shape. It does involve liposuction during the procedure, but the surgery is centered around correcting lose skin around the abdominal area. The process also tightens separated and weakened muscles. Don’t worry, this process isn’t a one size – or procedure- fits all type deal. Because there are so many body types in the world, doctors have developed many options for abdominoplasty. Depending on your condition you can choose between complete or partial procedure.
Complete abdominoplasty – Involves incisions from hip to hip to remove fat and excess skin. Because the doctors need to flush out particles, it also involves the shifting of the navel to let those tubes do their thing.

Partial abdominoplasty – For people who have more fat they’d like to remove below their navel area. It involves incising the pubic mound and getting rid of that poofy pocket of fat that’s otherwise too stubborn to remove. Because the areas of fat being treated aren’t as profuse, shifting the navel isn’t necessary.

On the other hand…

Liposuction is not limited to the reduction of fat in the abdominal area. With this process, it is possible to remove excess skin in problem areas throughout the body, while also being able to tackle large areas at once. Not only does it improve the appearance of cellulite but also the look of looser skin. Liposuction can be used to contour areas such as

  • Thighs
  • Belly
  • Arms
  • Calves
  • Buttocks
  • And more…

Both liposuction and tummy tucks are great for body contouring if you’re ready to shape your body at the size that you’re at. Both improve the look of cellulite and excess skin, helping you feel better and as shapely as ever in your skin.

How can I know if a tummy tuck is right for me?

First! Remember it’s not a silver bullet. While tummy tuck and liposuction do show significantly more results than non-invasive procedures, there’s a little bit of work to do before you show up to your surgery: Eat well and stay healthy as best as you can before the process.

Being as healthy as possible is essential. The thing about abdominoplasty and “lipo” is that the results don’t stick if you have another significant change in weight after the procedure! Once you’re out of the office, you’re going to have to maintain the figure that you have at the time and avoid significant weight gain or loss. Any significant changes in your weight post-treatment will make your results less effective. Make sure you get as close to your target shape/weight as possible before you get these surgeries done. It’s important to consider life changes like pregnancies, too. Reducing possibilities of significant weight gain or loss will maximize the positive results you will get from doing liposuction or a tummy tuck.

Second, be as safe and as ready as possible. Make sure your medications and habits align with the safety of the procedure. One way that you can figure that out is by discussing it with an experienced doctor, like board-certified Dr. Apodaca at our very own Pure Gold Medical Center, if you have prescription medication and are planning to have a fat reduction procedure. Some medication might perpetuate weight gain or interfere with the surgical process or the effectiveness of the anesthesia. To be safe, make sure you let your doctor know about all your prescription habits and ask for advice on how they should be taken on the weeks leading up to and after the surgery.

Avoid smoking. Smoking cigarettes will adversely interfere with the healing process for either surgeries. Your doctor will likely ask you to quit cigarettes at least 2 weeks before the process, so cutting down won’t be enough. In order for your scar tissue to heal and for your body to develop the right immunity to undergo the healing process, you want to be eating as healthy as you can.

Third, know why and how either process is the best process for you. If you are content with your weight and you’re ready to contour your shape, go for it.

How to recover after a tummy tuck

Surgery is a big deal. It’s important to put yourself in a comfortable place before and after it happens. Try to have someone take you home after the surgery is done – it’s easier not to not be your own ride home after all that anesthesia.

Also, make sure your house is armed with ice packs, comfy clothes, petroleum jelly and maybe even a handheld shower and bathtub chair. Showering and doing your daily duties may be uncomfortable, so gear your surroundings so that you can treat yourself well. After the procedure, you’re going to want to take a few days to relax and recuperate to make sure you heal as smoothly as possible.

It’s essential that you’re mentally prepared. Keep in mind that you will have minimal scars after the surgeries, and while they do fade, you’ll have to encourage the healing process with ointments. Remember to rub ointment on your scars as they heal. Ask your doctor about the best scar treatments and ointments to help your skin get as close to clear as possible.

Most of all, be healthy and stay healthy to maintain your results. You can do it! The choice is yours, and it’s more than possible to attain. Most of all, be healthy and stay healthy to maintain your results. You can do it! The choice is yours, and it’s more than possible to attain. To schedule, give us a call at (909) 792-9404 or visit us at local office at 305 Brookside Ave. Redlands, CA 92373.