Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction: What’s The Difference?

Tummy tuck Cosmetic procedures come in many different forms, and it’s easy to get confused about what each has to offer. It is often difficult to know the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction. Tummy tucks and liposuction are very distinct procedures, and both have their own benefits and uses. Let’s explore the difference between tummy tucks and liposuction.


Liposuction is a type of surgery used to remove fat from areas like the stomach, thighs, buttocks, hips, arms, or even the neck. Liposuction is most commonly used to target stubborn fat that people struggle to remove from exercise and diet. The procedure starts with local anesthesia applied.

Fat tissue is often treated with a solution containing saline, lidocaine, and epinephrine to firm the tissue. This makes it easier for it to be removed from the body. The fat is then removed with a thin suction tube. Liposuction is a fantastic surgical way to remove fat in a minimally invasive way. That being said, it is not a weight loss procedure and cannot replace proper exercise and nutrition.

Tummy Tuck

Tummy tucks are a surgical procedure to remove loose skin and sculpt the abdomen. Tummy tucks are fundamentally different from liposuction because they do not remove fat. Liposuction is also able to be used on different areas besides the abdomen. This procedure is ideal for people who lost excessive weight, recently had a child, or have loose skin from aging.

Tummy tucks, also known as abdominoplasty, are also commonly used in conjunction with liposuction. This is because excessive removal of fat can leave loose skin, and a tummy tuck is required to contour the body properly. Tummy tuck and liposuction are distinctly different procedures that both achieve a similar goal of sculpting the body.

Which Is Right for Me?

Deciding if a tummy tuck or liposuction is right for you depends on your needs. If you have loose skin, then a tummy tuck is probably best. However, if you’re trying to remove stubborn fat, then liposuction is likely best. Both services are offered at Dahan Plastic Surgery. Our staff provide their expertise to best advise you on what procedure is best for your body goals. If you’re considering a tummy tuck or liposuction, contact Dahan Plastic Surgery at 775-826-4477 today.

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