Choosing a Post Weight Loss Surgery: Tummy Tuck or Liposuction?

If you are frustrated by stubborn belly fat, you are not alone. According to a survey produced by TODAY and AOL, 69 percent of women and 52 percent of men are significantly unhappy with the appearance of their stomachs. In fact, the survey indicated that the majority of both women and men spend more time worrying about their appearance than they do about their professional success. And while these men and women do what they can to diet and exercise, our complicated, busy, and stress filled lives can wreak havoc on our intentions to pursue health.

For this reason, many men and women turn to weight loss surgery as a sure way to get rid of unwanted excess belly fat. The go-to plastic surgery procedures to reshape the midsection are liposuction and abdominoplasty (tummy tucks). Keep reading to discover which plastic surgery procedure is best for you.


If you have relatively tight skin but want to get rid of excess fat, liposuction might be for you. During liposuction, surgeons use a hollow stainless steel tube and a vacuum-like machine to make small incisions in the skin and suck up fat deposits. Liposuction is ideal for getting rid of abdominal fat, but it can also be used for areas of the body that are particularly hard to tone (think hips, thighs, etc.). Compared to a tummy tuck, liposuction is a far less invasive option. While liposuction does require a short recovery period, recovery is not nearly as demanding as a tummy tuck.

Tummy Tuck

While liposuction is great for removing excess pockets of fat, a tummy tuck is far more effective for patients who have loose folds of skin. A tummy tuck involves the removal of large amounts of skin from the lower abdomen while tightening the skin on the upper abdomen. The tummy tuck procedure also involves the tightening of abdominal muscles, resulting in a tighter and smoother midsection. This type of weight loss surgery is particularly effective for those patients who have already lost a significant amount of weight and want to tighten up. It is also a popular choice for women who have had children.

Two Post Weight Loss Surgeries at Once?  

In certain cases, patients may want to employ both post weight loss surgery methods. Surgeons will typically recommend that patients start with liposuction, which can dramatically improve the shape of the stomach area by reducing a substantial amount of fat. If patients are not fully satisfied and are in need of skin resection, they can move on to a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck builds well upon liposuction, so the results will be complementary if the patient chooses to do both.

Kicking Fat to the Curb

Ultimately, the cosmetic surgery that is best for you will be dependent on your current body composition, your goals, and your personal preferences. An experienced surgeon will be able to help you determine which type or types of surgery best fit your circumstances. If you are ready to kick abdominal fat to the curb by finally getting that weight loss surgery you’ve always wanted, contact Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center of El Paso today!

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