Tummy Tuck vs Liposuction of Abdomen - Which is better?


A flat stomach is one of the most coveted features of men and women. When we see a tight abdomen on a person we naturally assume that the person is healthy, exercises, and watches what he/she eats. Unfortunately for most people, the stomach is the first area to show gained weight and the last to shape up. If your waistline has stubborn fat, it’s hard to see the results of calorie counting and sit-ups.

Many patients come to Dermacare because they’re bothered by their protruding stomach. Although most are interested in liposuction, some patients are better candidates for an abdominoplasty, more commonly called a tummy tuck. Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Reza Rod evaluates every patient and discusses the pros and cons of each procedure. Dr. Rod explains, “Although many get extraordinary results with Tickle Lipo, there are some patients that have so much excess skin that nothing less than an abdominoplasty will do. A tummy tuck is more work than liposuction for me and the patient but sometimes it’s required to achieve a tight abdomen.”

What’s the difference between a Tummy Tuck and Tummy Liposuction?

Liposuction of the abdomen is a great procedure for removing stubborn areas of fat and sculpting the body. There are many types of liposuction that work in various ways but they all remove fat from the body. If a patient has good skin tone, is fit, and has some excess area of fat, then liposuction is going to be the best choice. For patients with a significant amount of loose skin, however, liposuction may not provide a tight enough stomach area. Although a great tummy tuck result can include some lipo, it mainly surgically removes excess skin and tightens muscles of the abdominal area. Some patients are afraid of getting a Tummy Tuck because of the resulting scars. When Dr. Rod preforms a Tummy Tuck he tries to make your scars as unnoticeable as possible. By placing the incisions low, they can be hidden even when wearing a bikini.

Tummy Tuck and Liposuction of Abdomen Comparison Chart

As you can see from the table above, there are many advantages to both procedures. Christina Hernandez, a Care Coordinator for a top plastic surgeon in Arizona, says, “It’s heartwarming to see patients after their tummy tuck or lipo because they exude confidence from their new thinner look. It’s incredibly rewarding to see patients beaming from their results.”

Can I see before and after pictures from Dermacare?

We have liposuction before and after photos and tummy tuck before and after photos available to you in our office and online below.

Abdominal Liposuction Before and After Photo - Phoenix Patient
Tummy Tuck Before and After Photo - Phoenix Patient

How do I find out more about if a tummy tuck or liposuction is right for me?

Visit the Dermacare website for more information on both tummy tuck and liposuction. Because there are so many variations with the body and individual goals, there isn’t any one ideal procedure for everyone. The best way to find out which procedure is right for you to have a consultation at one of our Dermacare offices. You can call us at 623-289-1772 or click here for more information or to make a free consultation.