Tummy Tuck vs. Belly Liposuction

Similarities Between The Tummy Tuck & Belly Liposuction

Abdominoplasty (also called abdominoplasty surgery) and liposuction are two different surgical procedures that aim to change the appearance of the abdomen. Both procedures aim to make the stomach flatter, firmer and smaller. Both are performed by plastic surgeons and are considered "cosmetic" so they are not covered by health insurance.

In terms of the actual procedure, recovery time and risks, there are key differences between the two. Read on to learn more.

Who Can Have It?

Liposuction and abdominoplasty often appeal to people with similar aesthetic goals. But there are important differences.


Liposuction can be a good option if you are looking to remove small fat deposits. These are usually found on the hips, thighs, buttocks or stomach area.

The procedure will remove fat deposits from the target area, reducing swelling and improving the contour. However, liposuction is not recommended as a weight loss tool. You shouldn't have liposuction if you are obese.


In addition to removing excess fat from the abdomen, a tummy tuck also removes excess skin.

Pregnancy or significant changes in your weight can stretch the skin around your belly. A tummy tuck can be used to restore the appearance of a flat, shaped trunk. This procedure may involve joining the rectus abdominis, or sitting muscles, if they have been stretched or separated by pregnancy.

You may want to reconsider a tummy tuck if:

● your BMI is greater than 30

● are you planning to get pregnant in the future

● you are actively trying to lose weight

● you have chronic heart disease