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Liposuction versus Tummy Tuck: What is the difference?

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  • July 29, 2015

Many times people think that an abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck, is the same as liposuction. The two procedures are similar in that they can both help to improve and contour the abdominal area by helping to eliminate exercise-resistant or stubborn fat. However, they also have a number of differences that make them better suited for different types of patients.

Liposuction, unlike an abdominoplasty, can be used on areas other than just the stomach. These areas include the buttocks, arms, legs, chest, back and face. A tummy tuck on the other hand is used only on the abdominal or midsection and is a more serious medical procedure. An abdominoplasty can address the issue of sagging or loose skin, which liposuction cannot. Therefore, patients who lose a large amount of weight in a short period of time may be more suited for an abdominoplasty. Liposuction is better suited to patients who would just like to smooth or improve their body contour in certain areas. Because of these differences, you may often hear of the two procedures being used together in order to address a range of the patient’s concerns.

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