Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck: Which One Is Right for You?


For patients interested in targeting stubborn fat or loose skin in the abdominal area, deciding which cosmetic procedure will provide the best results can be difficult. The two more common procedures for addressing concerns around the abdomen are a tummy tuck and liposuction.

Learn more about the key differences between the two procedures to determine the best option based on your goals.


Liposuction is a procedure primarily focused on fat removal. While many are aware of its benefits for removing abdominal fat, it can also be used on the arms, thighs, buttocks, and hips.

The procedure utilizes a small tube called a cannula to remove fat deposits and contour the area. The plastic surgeon dislodges unwanted fat with negative pressure before removing it through the cannula. This vacuum-like effect permanently removes targeted fat cells.

This option is ideal for healthy patients at or near their goal weight and looking to remove stubborn fat that may not have been responsive to diet and exercise.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck is beneficial if you want to address loose skin and small areas of stubborn fat. It also repairs and tightens the abdomen muscles, giving the appearance of a toned, sculpted stomach.

The procedure is more invasive than liposuction since it involves a larger incision. However, this is necessary to remove and tighten excess skin. During the procedure, small areas of excess fat are removed, and the abdominal muscles are tightened. Loose skin is trimmed before the incision is closed. Combined, these treatments create a firmer midsection.

Patients may also opt for a mini-tummy tuck, specifically targeting the lower abdomen, removing excess skin and fat but leaving the abdominal muscles.

If addressing loose skin is your primary concern, a tummy tuck may be your best option. They are ideal for those who have experienced major weight loss, pregnancy, and those with weakened abdominal muscles.

Can You Combine Liposuction and a Tummy Tuck?

If you’re having trouble deciding because you want to address both excess fat and loose skin, a tummy tuck and liposuction can be combined to provide a slim, sculpted abdomen and help you achieve your aesthetic goals. It is best to speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine if you qualify for a combined procedure.

Schedule a Consultation

When you schedule a consultation with Dr. Trenton C. Jones, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Orem, UT, he will discuss your goals and help you determine which procedure, or combination of procedures, will help you address your concerns. With over 25 years of experience, he is an expert in helping various patients achieve their aesthetic goals.

Contact Cascade Cosmetic Surgery today at (801) 418-8172 to schedule an appointment.

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