Is a Tummy Tuck or Liposuction Right for Me?

Along with liposuction, a tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that can give you a dramatically new look around your abdomen and help eliminate stubborn body fat. Although it is considered an invasive procedure, when compared to other treatment methods available, it is proved safe and effective at helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals.

Even if you maintain a healthy lifestyle and eat well, excess or sagging skin can still develop around the abdomen. This excess skin may become unflattering to you and decrease your self-confidence. A tummy tuck can help flatten your abdomen when diet and exercise cannot.

While excess fat is also removed during a tummy tuck procedure, there are some differences between a tummy tuck and liposuction. Where liposuction removes excess fat through a catheter inserted below the skin, a tummy tuck involves not only the removal of fat but also a reconstruction of the muscles and connective tissues around the abdomen.

For that reason, a tummy tuck is considered a more complex and invasive procedure. Some patients may spend up to two days in the hospital for observation and recovery. This is only precautionary and depends on the complexity of the procedure.

Liposuction, on the other hand, can be completed in just a few hours and can usually be performed using just local anesthesia. Overnight stays for observation are only required when significant amounts (5 liters) of fat are removed.

Both procedures are proven safe and can provide incredible results. With the proper diet and healthy lifestyle, the results are also permanent. However, if a significant amount of fat is to be removed, you might still be left with loose or excess skin. In these situations, a tummy tuck may be needed, after all, to obtain the best results.

If you are considering a surgical procedure to help eliminate stubborn body fat around the abdomen, the expert surgeons at UMass Memorial Cosmetic Surgery Center in Worcester, MA, can help answer all your questions about liposuction and tummy tuck procedure. Call the office at 508-334-5990 or visit to schedule a consultation today!

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