Tummy Tuck vs Liposuction

The techniques for tummy tuck and liposuction surgery are very different, but the benefits of the two slimming procedures are often mistaken for each other. Many patients are also conflicted when deciding between tummy tuck and liposuction surgeries if the area they are targeting to trim on their body is near the abdomen and stomach. Tummy tuck surgery focuses on eliminating excess and loose skin near the abdomen, which is why it’s also known as abdominoplasty, while liposuction is a fat cell removal process that can be applied to a vast range of areas on the body.

Our cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Andrew Cohen, who is highly trained, board certified, and experienced in body contouring procedures, proudly offers both surgeries. This blog will detail the primary differences between liposuction and tummy tuck surgeries and define who would benefit most from each procedure.

Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck surgery is the ideal procedure for treating excess loose or sagging skin that has developed over time on your abdomen and stomach areas. Tummy tuck surgery can also tighten and tone your abdomen by repairing damaged or stretched muscles. This surgery is often utilized by mothers who want to reverse the negative side effects pregnancy can have on their body. For the right candidates, tummy tuck surgery can achieve a slimmer and smoother abdominal appearance for those who have found it difficult to tighten a protruding waistline through diet and exercise.


Liposuction recontours patients’ bodies by removing excess fat cells. The procedure is not limited to the stomach or abdomen like tummy tuck surgery is exclusive to the midsection of the body. In fact, liposuction surgery can target the abdomen, knees, ankles, arms, back, buttocks, thighs, chin, and “love handles.” Generally, the results from liposuction include a more contoured figure that appears slimmer and more toned.

Combining Tummy Tuck & Liposuction

If it is determined that patients would benefit from both a tummy tuck and liposuction procedure, the surgeries can be combined in order to maximize the potential results. By combining both surgeries, patients can remove excess fat pockets while tightening abdominal skin and stretched muscles.

If you want to know more about liposuction and tummy tuck surgeries, contact us< today! If you believe you could benefit from one of these procedures, schedule a consultation and our team will be able to determine which surgery best fits your needs.