Tummy Tuck or Liposuction? Know the difference.

Since plastic surgery has become more widely accepted we have noticed that differences between certain cosmetic procedures, such as liposuction and tummy tucks, are not always well understood. Therefore, we want to educate you on these two very popular procedures.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a major surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. The procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen.

A protruding abdomen can be the result of heredity, excess fat, weak abdominal muscles, pregnancy, or loose skin that has been over-stretched and no longer responds to diet and exercise. More and more people are experiencing these problems, as wellness becomes part of their daily lives. For those who have experienced a massive weight loss, their only alternative to loose overhanging skin is surgery.

The best candidates for a tummy tuck are men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise. The surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients, which frequently occurs with slight obesity, can also be improved.


Liposuction is a procedure in which localized fat deposits are removed to re-contour areas of the body, for this discussion, the abdominal area. Through a tiny incision, a narrow tube or cannula is inserted and used to vacuum the fat layer that lies deep beneath the skin. The cannula is pushed then pulled through the fat layer, breaking up the fat cells and suctioning them out.

Liposuction works best when excess fat is in specific areas, such as “love handles” around your waist, “saddle bags” on your thighs or extra padding in the hip area. Localized fat deposits frequently are resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction on these problem areas can help you achieve a smoother body contour.

The best candidates for liposuction are normal-weight people with firm, elastic skin who have pockets of excess fat in certain areas. Age is not a major consideration; however, older patients may have diminished skin elasticity and may not achieve the same results as a younger patient with tighter skin.

Many times a person will come into the office requesting liposuction in the abdominal area, but after further examination, Dr. Serota may determine that a tummy tuck may be more effective in meeting that patient’s goals. Sometimes, a combination of the two procedures can help patients achieve their overall new look.

To find out more about our cosmetic procedures please contact us or take our online cosmetic self evaluation to find out what procedures might be best for you. To schedule your personal consultation with the Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center in Aurora, Colorado call 303-367-9000.