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Body Contouring: Tummy Tuck Or Liposuction? Which Should I Consider?

Many clients desire the ability to run their hands over a smooth and taught waistline. And when the time comes to finally get that smoother, flatter, and more shapely midriff, most clients ask the common question “Should I get a tummy tuck, or liposuction?” Both of these body contouring procedures have been around for decades and offer incredible benefits and results, but it can be difficult to decide which route to go.

When a healthy lifestyle and personal training results only go so far, it’s time to look at the plastic surgery options available to you and choose the one that will get you the results you are looking for. If you have stubborn fatty tissue and are feeling frustrated by sagging skin on your abdomen, you might consider a body contouring procedure. With two options that can achieve excellent results in their own right, it’s important to know whether liposuction or a tummy tuck will work for you and give you the results you seek.

Is a Tummy Tuck the Right Choice for You? A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty surgery, does a lot more than just removes excess skin and fat. When you have a tummy tuck, a plastic surgeon will also tighten the abdominal muscles; a desired component for people who have experienced an excessive weight gain and loss, or pregnancy. This surgical technique will not only improve the look of your midsection, but it will also help fix the function and form of your entire muscle structure.

Is Liposuction the Best Option for You? Liposuction is a body contouring surgery that can be done not only on your tummy, love handles, and midsection, but also your neck, arms, thighs and buttocks- essentially anywhere on the body that has an excess of fat that you want removed. Using small instruments, your plastic surgeon will remove the excess fat from problem areas on the front, back, and sides of your middle section.

The Main Differences Between a Tummy Tuck and Liposuction. With the above considerations in mind, here are the main differences between these two body contouring options:

  1. A tummy tuck will tighten the abdominal muscles and remove excess skin.
  2. Liposuction removes fat from multiple areas in the tummy area, but does not address the loose skin, loose muscles, and fascia.
  3. Liposuction is a less invasive surgical procedure, causing less down time and an easier recovery.

Peterson Surgery is Ready to Help

Whether to get liposuction, or abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), is a highly personal and individualized decision. While reading articles and looking at before and after photos can help to inform your decision, it's incredibly important to consult with a plastic surgeon who is adept at body contouring surgeries such as these to help you decide on the best option for you.

When choosing a plastic surgeon, Dr. Brian Peterson offers decades of experience, a world class surgical centre, and a convenient fly in and fly out location in downtown Kelowna. Don’t let indecision hold you back. If you know you want to ditch the stubborn fat and/or excess skin, contact our clinic to book a consultation to explore your options by calling Toll Free: (888) 505-8895 or filling in the contact form on this website.


Q: Is it better to get a tummy tuck or lipo?
A: A tummy tuck is typically better if you want to tighten the abdominus recti and remove excess skin in addition to the removal of fatty tissue. Liposuction is typically a better option for those who are not concerned with loose skin and don’t want the downtime that is needed to recover after major surgery.

Q: Does a tummy tuck include liposuction also?
A: One does not always mean the other, but sometimes your doctor may recommend including both procedures to get your desired results of a smoother, flatter and more firm stomach and midriff.

Q: Does body contouring change your shape?
A: In short, yes. The purpose of a body contouring plastic surgery, such as a tummy tuck or liposuction, is to reshape and recontour the stomach and related areas such as abdominals, love handles, and flanks. After a body contouring procedure you can expect a smoother shape, less flab, and a tighter middle.

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