Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck

Posted by administration on January 2, 2017

Liposuction_Vs._Tummy_Tuck.jpgIf you are one of the many patients in Denver who are interested in a flatter or more defined midsection, you may be wondering what the difference is between a tummy tuck and liposuction. Both procedures can drastically help patients improve their abdominal area by creating a toned and tight stomach area. Although both procedures address the same area, liposuction and tummy tuck procedures are actually very different in terms of the results they provide.


Liposuction is ideal for removing localized fatty tissue that is centralized to specific areas. Liposuction is a far less invasive procedure than a tummy tuck, which involves scarring, general anesthesia and a longer recovery time. Additionally, liposuction can be used on many other areas of the body than the stomach, including the sides (love handles), arms, chin, legs and butt.

Liposuction is ideal for people who generally have good skin and muscle tone. These are individuals who do not have issues like excess skin in the midsection or loose abdominal muscles. Liposuction will not eliminate extra skin, stretch marks or issues stemming from loose abdominal muscles. These issues are often associated with massive weight loss or pregnancy.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a great procedure for removing excess abdominal skin while tightening the abdominal muscles.

The tummy tuck procedure starts with an incision across the lower abdomen allowing Dr. Serota to remove excess skin and tighten loose muscles. Any remaining skin is then re-draped over the abdominal area leaving a flat and tight stomach.

A tummy tuck is the best solution if the main issue experienced by the patient is loose skin or stretched muscle tissue (not fat).

Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck

While both liposuction and a tummy tuck are excellent body contouring procedures, it’s extremely important to determine what specific issues must be corrected to determine the best course of treatment for you. If the problem is excess skin or loose abdominal muscles, a tummy tuck may be your best option. For individuals who just need to improve isolated areas, liposuction is usually the best choice.

Still unsure which procedure would be best for you? Contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center today at 303-367-9000 or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Serota.


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