How to Decide Between a Tummy Tuck and Lipo

Many of you want to get rid of the bulge in your belly, but you are confused about how to do it.

Should I get a tummy tuck or liposuction? That’s one of the most common questions many cosmetic and plastic surgeons hear from people looking to lose that tummy fat.

Here, we walk you through the 4 questions your plastic surgey doctor will ask themselves when evaluating you.

1. What Does the Patient Skin Look Like?

Take a good look at the skin in your tummy area. Does it sag or stretch? Is it tight? That could make all of the difference when it comes to choosing the right procedure. Tummy tuck patients tend to have overhanging and excess skin. Liposuction patients have tighter skin and are close to their ideal weight.

2.  What is the State of This Patient's Muscles?

Do you feel your muscles in your tummy? Are they holding your skin together? In most tummy tuck cases the patient is in need of restoration of the weakened or separated tummy muscles. In the case of a liposuction patient, there is no concern with the muscles.

3.  What is the Amount of Belly Fat?

There is a big difference between wanting to look more toned and needing to get rid of a lot of fat in the tummy area. Look around your tummy, if you have a large amount of fat around the center, it is likely you need a tummy tuck. If you look like you need to lose a couple of pounds in the tummy area, liposuction might be the best fit.

4.  What Type of Procedure Makes This Patient Comfortable?

Before choosing one of the two procedures, you should ask yourself if you are prepared for a major surgical procedure or if you can get away with having a procedure that is less invasive.

Undergoing a tummy tuck requires a larger scar in the bikini area, the removal of the excess fat and skin, muscle repairs and the repositioning of your belly button. View these tummy tuck pictures to get a better idea of what you may look like after tummy tuck surgery.

Liposuction surgery requires a tool that suctions the fat from your body and while there are small scars, the surgery is much safer. Check out some of these abdominal liposuction pictures.  

Bottom line, if you have excess fat and skin, want to get rid of stretch marks, and need your muscles re-attached, the tummy tuck option is right for you. If you are close to your ideal weight and need small pockets of fat removed from your tummy area, liposuction is the best deal. can help you get in touch with plastic surgery doctors in your area to discuss what is best for you.