Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck Surgery

Perfect female bodyPregnancy, age, and weight changes all leave their visible mark through loose, flabby, or sagging skin, especially around the abdomen. The abdomen is a known “trouble area” for many people whose stubborn fat pockets are often resistant to diet and exercise. When it comes to contouring and enhancing the waistline, patients have two surgical options: liposuction and tummy tuck surgery (also known as abdominoplasty). While both of these procedures can slim your physique and rid you of excess fat, liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are not the same. Because of this, you may be wondering what procedure would be the best for you: liposuction, tummy tuck surgery, or perhaps a combination of both.

Skin Elasticity

With age, your skin starts to lose its natural elasticity, which becomes noticeable when there are fluctuations in weight because of pregnancy or other weight loss. The stretched skin may begin to sag and droop. While liposuction is designed to remove stubborn fat pockets along the body, it will not address loose or lax skin. If this excess skin is a concern, then tummy tuck surgery may be the right option for you. On the other hand, if you are suffering from excess, stubborn fat but still have good skin elasticity, then you may find that liposuction alone will provide you with ideal results.

Abdominal Muscle Laxity

Much like skin laxity, liposuction also does not address abdominal muscle laxity the way that tummy tuck surgery does. During tummy tuck surgery, abdominal muscles that have either loosened or separated due to childbirth or other factors can be repaired and tightened, leaving you with a smoother, fitter physique.

True Form Tummy Tuck®

When stubborn fat pockets are accompanied by substantial skin and muscle laxity, then tummy tuck surgery may be your ideal choice. However, adding liposuction into that procedure can help take your results to the next level and give you the pre-baby abdomen you’ve always wanted. The True Form Tummy Tuck® technique, created by Dr. Patronella, uses both traditional tummy tuck techniques and liposuction to smooth, redefine, and contour the abdomen, which will restore a natural, youthful, and sensual midsection. Liposuction is a contouring tool that he incorporates to blend the abdomen’s newly svelte appearance with adjacent areas to create a harmonious overall appearance. During this surgery, liposuction is used to thin the waist and allow it to gently taper toward the hips, creating subtle, natural, and beautiful curves. These nuances are what set Dr. Patronella’s results apart from standard tummy tuck methods and results. Every artistic detail he meticulously crafts, from the soft contours to the smooth, seamless transitions result in exceptionally beautiful, authentic-looking results.

For every person who is unhappy with their poor abdominal skin and muscle tone, there’s at least one other person who is bothered by excess fat on their midsection. Many people struggle with all three issues and would like to correct skin laxity, muscle weakness, and excess fat. If you would like to restore youthful abdominal tone, remove sagging skin, and eliminate excess fat, you can get liposuction with tummy tuck surgery. Dr. Patronella’s revolutionary True Form Tummy Tuck®, which has received much acclaim, typically incorporates liposuction to restore youthful and shapely body contours.

Liposuction Before and After ResultsLiposuction of the Waist

The abdomen and waist can accumulate excess amounts of fat that do not respond to diet or exercise. This makes surgery the only viable form of correction, but unfortunately, too many surgeons become overzealous in administering liposuction to the abdomen. Just as a poor abdominoplasty technique produces a surgically flat appearance, overaggressive liposuction creates an unnatural appearance and irregular body contours.

However, with the proper application, skill, and experience on the part of the surgeon, liposuction can be a powerful tool. Liposuction of the waist can eliminate bulges or rolls of fat on the body’s midsection and create natural-looking contours. Leaving fat in the correct proportions and locations creates a more attractive and soft body shape instead of an unnatural, overdone, and operated-on appearance. Dr. Patronella focuses on producing ideal contours rather than trying to remove as much fat as possible. The results are more artistic and natural and reveal an attractively slimmer and narrower waistline.

Liposuction With the True Form Tummy Tuck®

To complement the True Form Tummy Tuck®, Dr. Patronella often performs liposuction to achieve a natural-looking waist that is narrow, graceful, youthful, and nicely contoured. Liposuction is used to create natural transitions with a gracefully contoured waistline and a more natural appearance. Dr. Patronella removes excess fat around the waist where needed to minimize love handles, eliminate a muffin top, create a gentle tapering toward the hips, and strategically highlight the natural contours and definition of the abdominal muscles.

Popular Liposuction Areas With Tummy Tuck Surgery

Many patients who undergo tummy tuck surgery with Dr. Patronella receive liposuction on other areas of the body in addition to the waist. The most popular treatment areas include the hips, buttocks, thighs, back, and upper arms. These areas are often resistant to body sculpting through exercise and dieting. Receiving liposuction for your specific “trouble areas” can highlight the results of your abdominoplasty and restore youthful and shapely contours all over your body.


If you are interested in getting liposuction with your tummy tuck, come meet with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Chris Patronella. As the creator of the True Form Tummy Tuck® and an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Patronella can help you decide whether and where to receive liposuction so that you can achieve the youthful, natural, and attractive body contours you desire. To request your consultation with Dr. Patronella, please call (713) 799-9999 or complete our online contact form today.


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