Tummy Tuck or Liposuction?

Are you unhappy with your tummy and don’t know where to start? Will a juice cleanse do the job? Or maybe a strict 90-day workout plan from home? Or, maybe the best route is a full-on tummy tuck? Does that include liposuction, or do I just need lipo exclusively? These are some of the very common questions you may be asking yourself or your board-certified plastic surgeon, and we’re here to help clear that up. A healthy diet and exercise plan certainly is necessary to maintain a healthy body and mind. Unfortunately for many, lifestyle choices alone can not correct or target areas of the body like the abdominals. Most often, safe and efficient surgical intervention is necessary. So which procedure is right for you? We’ll never know for sure until after having a thorough initial consultation, however, we can certainly clarify the difference between an abdominoplasty and liposuction so that you can consider your options and start going in the right direction. Let’s dive in!


You may be considering surgery for your abdominals for many reasons. Are you concluding your child-bearing years and want your pre-baby body back? Have you lost excessive weight and find that your stomach is holding on to excess fat and/or skin that ab exercises simply won’t correct? Or maybe you’re already fit and looking for that last bit of definition to really make your abs shine. Our patients, their backgrounds and their reasons for choosing surgery all vary, and board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Adibfar and his astute team will make certain to individualize every approach, technique, and surgery to get the best results possible for you.


You may only require liposuction. Liposuction includes the careful removal of excess fat to a targeted area — like the abdominals for example. Due to genetics, you may hold small pockets of fat around your love handles, stomach, and/or below your belly button. If you have a little extra fullness in the front or sides of your stomach (and even lower back), then liposuction may be the best option for you. If you’re not trying to get rid of a lot of skin and simply would like to reduce the fullness then liposuction works very well.


If you require the removal of more excess skin and fat an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck may prove a better option. A tummy tuck is for those who want to tighten the midsection and define their abs as much as possible. It involves more body contouring as well as a larger incision that is conveniently placed below the underwear line.


Can’t decide? That’s not a problem. There’s no rule for one procedure or the other. It’s important during your consultation that we discuss your goals, any risks, and realistic expectations. You may choose one procedure over the other or even a combination of the two! During your consultation, board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Adibfar will take his time to educate you on your options and expectations. The procedures are described in detail and lots of questions are answered. The recovery is also very important to discuss as liposuction recovery time varies from an abdominoplasty.


A tummy tuck achieves more dramatic results and therefore requires more downtime. The incision line is longer and you may require drain tubes as well as a support garment to be worn around your waist. Typically, after a tummy tuck, you would be moving a little more slowly and cautiously around the house and your body will feel more sensitive. With liposuction, recovery is more brief. After the procedure, you will also wear a support garment, and for a few days you will feel sore and experience slight bruising. However, your activity levels will resume much more quickly and you’ll most likely be able to return to work after few days.

Like all procedures, Dr. Adibfar meticulously plans each technique and surgery to your needs, desires, anatomy, and expectations.


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