What is the Difference Between Liposuction and a Tummy Tuck?

Many patients who walk through our door with complaints about a belly bulge are unclear about what procedure may be right for them. Liposuction and a tummy tuck can address similar concerns. Although both can drastically improve the appearance of your abdomen area, they use completely different techniques.

While it’s difficult to say without an in-person consultation, several key factors may make one procedure more advantageous than the other for some. Today, we’ll discuss the differences between them and who may be best suited for each.



Liposuction can be done in the abdomen region to remove substantial amounts of localized fatty tissue; the procedure is less-invasive than a tummy tuck. Liposuction entails making small, easily-concealable incisions to predetermined areas before inserting a thin cannula tube to remove pockets of fat by using advanced suction technology.

You may be a good candidate for liposuction if you are within 20% of your ideal weight and have firm, elastic skin and relatively good muscle tone.

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Tummy Tuck

An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is a surgical procedure that can correct loose or sagging skin while tightening underlying abdominal muscles. Tummy tucks are done under general anesthesia and require a longer recovery time. An incision is made along the bikini line allowing Dr. Lawton to meticulously sculpt a firmer, flatter shape.

Tummy tucks are perfect for women who have had children due to the procedures ability to remove stretched skin and reduce the appearance of stretch marks that come with pregnancy. Men who have had significant changes in weight are also good candidates for the procedure. Patients with excess skin in the abdomen region and have realistic expectations about what the procedure can do for them are more likely to have an optimal outcome.

Dr. Tenley Lawton is a board-certified surgeon with an extensive collection of successful body contouring procedures in her portfolio. She works closely with each patient to ensure the best possible results with the least amount of downtime.

Would you like to learn more about your options? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 640-0999 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA area.

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