Liposuction v Tummy Tuck: What's the difference?

When most people are talking about the need for tummy tucks, they’re probably referring to the mummy-tummies – women who have had their ‘bubs’ and would really like to get that tummy back into shape. Women, whose tummies are way down near their knees, need a tummy tuck, for sure. Tummy tucks are also required if you have lots of loose skin from significant weight loss – say, 20, 30 or 50 kg. In this case the tummy tuck is the only choice to get rid of that skin.

A tummy tuck is a formal cosmetic or plastic surgery procedure called abdominoplasty. It comes with all of the usual hospital-based dangers and all of the hospital-based expense. In fact, it is one of the most complicated of all surgeries. In other words, it’s going to be big deal for you.

A little liposuction works wonders for most women

Liposuction, as you can guess from its name, is the removal of local fat deposits through a suction process. Liposuction can form part of the tummy tuck procedure, but the tummy tuck also involves having skin cut away, and muscle as well.

A little liposuction works wonders for most women, especially for those who haven’t had babies yet and just want to get back into skirts and shorts and skinny jeans again – to wear tighter clothes that make you feel good.

Now, liposuction is especially good when it’s combined with a skin tightening procedure. In fact, that’s the only process we recommend for ultimate results. This type of liposuction is more accurately called ‘liposculpture’. You see, it’s not just about sucking out fat, it’s also about tightening the skin and contouring.

Liposculpture is a non-hospital, non-dangerous procedure. It’s a walk-in–walk-out job, with minimal discomfort. You can usually go back to work the next day, unlike tummy tucks that are a major form of surgery and have you off work in recovery for quite a while. The other good news is liposculpture is relatively inexpensive

Here at Concept Cosmetic Medicine we are experts in liposculpture that targets the tummy (abdomen), inner and outer thighs, ‘love handles’, arms, chin, neck and jawline. In a relatively short space of time, and with minimal discomfort, you can regain that figure that you lost somewhere along the way, probably for good reasons!

Dr Neal.