Liposuction Vs Tummy Tuck

Reshaping of the tummy after having kids or weight loss is a popular procedure. But with so many options out there, it is difficult to decide which procedure is best. For liposuction vs tummy tuck, what does each procedure entail?  What is the cost of a tummy tuck; what is the price of liposuction? What is the recovery time for liposuction or days out of work for a tummy tuck?

First it’s important to know what a tummy tuck or liposuction can do and who it’s best for.

Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck – Evaluation Of The Abdomen

  • Abdominal Fat – liposuction vs tummy tuck- where's the fatSculpting the abdomen is a key element in both liposuction and
    tummy tuck. Both procedures only reshape the fat that is above the tummy muscles. Rule of Thumb- If you can pinch it, you can sculpt it.
  • Tummy Muscle – liposuction vs tummy tuck muscle bulgeThe abdominal muscles, the rectus abdomini muscles are the two central muscles of the tummy that, when toned, can give us a six pack. Between the muscles is a band of tissue that has no elasticity. After pregnancy or weight gain and weight loss, this band stretches. So despite doing thousands of crunches, the tummy bulge is not from muscles that are out of shape, just muscles in the wrong position. Repositioning the tummy muscles and tightening the laxity between them results in a flatter, tighter tummy. This is a key component of a tummy tuck.
  • Tummy Skin – With Liposuction, the tummy skin can shrink somewhat, but a tummy tuck removes excess skin, ensuring a firmer, flatter tummy.

Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck – The Procedure

Liposuction

I prefer Cold Laser Liposuction. External cold laser liquefies fat cells with no chance of burning the skin or other tissues. A small cannula is inserted into fat deposit. A low vacuum is used to sculpt the fat. The excess fat is permanently removed.

Tummy Tuck

The tummy tuck includes liposuction to sculpt and remove excess fat. In addition, the tummy muscles are tightened and excess skin is removed. This combination allows for a tight firm abdomen.

Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck – The Recovery

Liposuction

The recovery for liposuction is relatively quick. Most people undergoing liposuction are back to work and social activity is just a few days.

Tummy Tuck

The recovery for a tummy tuck is a bit longer. Most people can resume normal activities in about 1 week and return to strenuous activities in 2 to 3 weeks.

Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck – The Cost

Liposuction

What does liposuction cost? The cost of liposuction is about $3,000 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This is for the surgeon’s fee only and does not include other associated costs for liposuction such as anesthesia or the operating room. It’s important to know all the fees for plastic surgery procedures.

Tummy Tuck

What does a tummy tuck cost? The cost of a tummy tuck is about $5,500 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This is for the surgeon’s fee only and does not include other associated costs for a tummy tuck such as anesthesia or the operating room. It’s important to know all the fees for plastic surgery procedures.

Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck – The Results

Liposuction of the abdomen as well as tummy tucks can give great results. Make sure to discuss all of your options with your board certified plastic surgeon. That’s the best way to make sure you get the final result you envision.

About Dr. Matt Galumbeck

With over 20 years of clinical experience and having performed over 5,000 cosmetic surgery procedures, Dr. Matthew Galumbeck has the experience and skills to deliver outstanding cosmetic surgery outcomes.

A native of Virginia Beach, Matthew Galumbeck, MD received his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, and his medical degree from Duke University. He trained in general surgery at Case Western Reserve University, and in plastic surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Further study includes advanced training in body contouring in Paris.

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