Tummy tuck vs lipo? Which is the best option for me?

If you’re unhappy with the girth and/or appearance of your abdominal region and have reached the furthest you can go with diet and exercise, then it may be time to consider surgical options.

There are three main options that can be considered to help smooth out and firm up your tummy:

Tummy tuck

• Liposuction

• A combination of both

Choosing a tummy tuck

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is an operation where skin and muscles can be tightened up, leaving a smoother, firmer look and feel. A tummy tuck is ideal if you have got sagging skin, caused by factors such as ageing, weight loss or pregnancy. Some people have better skin elasticity than others. If your skin has lost some of its natural elasticity, commonly after pregnancy, or didn’t have a great deal in the first place, you may find that no amount of exercise is helping affect the look of your tummy.

Tummy tucks don’t just address weakened skin, they deal with weakened abdominal muscles too. Often following pregnancy, the abdominal muscles become weaker and the abdomen may bulge. While exercises can help strengthen these muscles, depending on the amount of damage that has occurred, these may only fully recover with a surgical helping hand.

Choosing liposuction

For people who are suffering with stubborn pockets of fat, liposuction may be the best option. Via a series of small incisions, surgeons are able to extract fatty tissue from under the skin, leaving a smoother, leaner appearance. If there is sufficient skin elasticity, the skin should shrink to fit the newly contoured region in the weeks following the liposuction.

Considering both body reshaping procedures

It may be that a hybrid approach of liposuction and a tummy tuck represent the best fix for you. In many cases, surgeons will recommend undergoing liposuction first and waiting to see what benefits this brings. By around three to four months following liposuction you should be able to assess whether or not the results are satisfactory enough. If you still feel that this has not addressed your concerns, then a tummy tuck can be considered as the next step.

Some patients will not wish to stagger this and may choose to have both done at the same time. During your initial consultations, you’ll be able to talk to your surgeon in depth about your preferred course of action and they will offer guidance accordingly.