Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction – Which is Right for You?

For patients looking to achieve a smooth, flat stomach, there are a number of different procedures available that can help. Liposuction and tummy tucks (abdominoplasty) are two of the most popular procedures, both of which can help you achieve a more ideal body. Take a look the differences between these two procedures and help decide which is the right choice for you.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that works to create a smoother and firmer abdomen by removing excess fat and skin as well as tightening muscles. It’s effective in restoring a more youthful and toned stomach to patients whose abdomen has sagged or protruded due to factors like pregnancy, heredity, aging or fluctuations in weight. While it’s often seen as a weight loss procedure, tummy tucks are designed to address a loss of skin elasticity and are not recommended for patients who desire drastic weight loss.


Liposuction offers a unique and effective solution for patients dealing with targeted areas of stubborn fat. While it’s often performed on the abdomen and waist, it can also help eliminate fat deposits in the arms, back, thighs, chest, calves and more. In this procedure, a tube called a cannula is inserted into the targeted area to suction out unwanted fat, helping patients achieve a slimmer and more contoured appearance. Much like the tummy tuck procedure, liposuction is not designed to be a weight loss tool but rather a way to remove deposits of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.

Which is Right for You?

While liposuction and tummy tucks can both offer effective results, these procedures are actually quite different. If you’re close to your ideal body weight and are just looking to get rid of stubborn deposits of fat, liposuction is likely the ideal choice for you. For those patients looking specifically to achieve a slimmer, contoured stomach, a tummy tuck may offer the best results. The best way to decide on a procedure is to address your concerns with a qualified plastic surgeon, as they will be able to guide you  towards a procedure you will be happy with.

Want to Learn More about the Tummy Tuck and Liposuction Procedures? Contact Dr. Brendan Smith Today.

To learn about any of the procedures we offer, contact Dr. Smith today at 843.705.8940. Our offices are located in South Carolina, serving the communities of Hilton Head, Bluffton, Beaufort and Okatie. We look forward to hearing from you.


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