Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck
If your abdominal skin has good elasticity, but you have concerns about a “pooch” of fat you cannot get rid of, liposuction can help. Liposuction cannot address loose skin, so a tummy tuck may work better if you have sagging abdominal skin and fat. Your LPS surgeon may perform liposuction as part of a tummy tuck to achieve a flat, sculpted abdomen.
Liposuction and Tummy Tuck Recovery
Liposuction uses only a few small incisions, but you will have some soreness and swelling in the area where fat was removed. This will improve after the first few days, and most people can return to work in one to two weeks. After a tummy tuck, you will have a significantly larger incision. Most people return to work after about two weeks, but full recovery can take several months.
Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction or a Tummy Tuck?
Good candidates for these procedures have no significant health problems and do not smoke. Ideal candidates have reasonable expectations about their results. You may not be a good candidate if you have health issues that would prevent you from healing normally. If you plan to become pregnant in the future, you may want to wait until afterward to have a tummy tuck.