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Tummy Tuck and Liposuction: What Is the Difference?


Posted January 04, 2021 in Liposuction, Tummy Tuck

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There are many misconceptions regarding tummy tuck and liposuction surgery. Many patients are under the impression that these are weight loss procedures. However, neither of these procedures will help you lose weight. Instead, liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are beneficial for patients who have recently lost a significant amount of weight and have stubborn fat and excess skin leftover

Woman after weight loss measures her waist.

If you have reached your goal weight but are still not happy with your appearance, you may benefit from a tummy tuck or liposuction. However, before undergoing surgery, you want to make the right decision regarding which plastic surgery procedure to get. To make an informed decision, it is important to know the benefits of each procedure. 

What Is a Tummy Tuck? 

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a post-weight loss procedure that removes fat and excess skin from the belly or midsection. After massive weight loss, many patients are left with a significant amount of excess skin that can affect their results. 

You want to be happy with your appearance after losing weight, but excess skin can often make that impossible. Excess skin can occur anywhere after weight loss, but a tummy tuck specifically addresses the midsection to provide patients with a smooth, toned abdomen. 

Losing weight is a huge accomplishment. With a tummy tuck, you can feel confident and happy with your results. 

What Are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck? 

Men and women with excess skin after weight loss can benefit from a tummy tuck. Tummy tuck benefits include: 

  • Improved abdominal tone 
  • Better posture 
  • A firmer abdomen 
  • Flatter stomach 
  • A toned appearance 
  • A slimmer waist 

What Is Liposuction? 

Even with proper diet and exercise, many people are left with fat deposits that can seem impossible to remove. Liposuction does not help you lose weight. Rather, liposuction removes the fatty deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. 

Unlike a tummy tuck that only addresses the abdominal area, liposuction can remove fat from many areas of the body. 

What Areas Can Liposuction Treat? 

Liposuction treatment areas include: 

  • Stomach
  • Upper arms 
  • Calves
  • Ankles 
  • Chin 
  • Neck 
  • Hips 
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks

If you experience excess fat in any of these areas, you may benefit from a liposuction procedure. 

What Are the Benefits of Liposuction? 

Liposuction benefits include: 

  • Removal of stubborn fat 
  • A slimmer appearance 
  • Improved confidence 

Am I a Candidate for Liposuction or a Tummy Tuck? 

You may be a candidate for liposuction or a tummy tuck if you are not completely satisfied with your weight-loss results. A consultation with Dr. Brothers can help determine if any of these procedures are right for you. Candidates for liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are in generally good health, are at their goal weight, do not smoke, and have realistic expectations of their results. 

Interested in Learning More? 

If you are interested in learning more about how you can benefit from a post-weight loss procedure, please schedule a consultation by calling our office at (404) 257-9888. You can also fill out our online contact form

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