Is Liposuction or a Tummy Tuck Right for Me?

Childbirth can cause many modifications in your body that can be addressed with cosmetic surgery. Tummy tuck surgery, also known as Abdominoplasty, can help your stomach area to appear firmer and more youthful, possibly even better than your pre-pregnancy look. In some cases, however, liposuction may be a better option. Your surgeon can determine which procedure can optimize your cosmetic results during your initial consultation, and may even recommend a combination of the two. To help you understand the benefits of each procedure, consider the following:

Tummy Tuck

The tummy tuck is designed to reduce excess skin around the waist that can develop as a result of pregnancy or dramatic weight loss, abdominoplasty can also help to tighten the underlying muscles in the area. An experienced plastic surgeon typically provides a small amount of liposuction to enhance body contour and address any problem areas. If desired, more liposuction can be administered for more comprehensive shaping.


Unlike tummy tuck surgery, liposuction is intended to be used to reduce pockets of fatty tissue on the body, and this method can be utilized on areas beyond the stomach, including the hips, thighs, and buttocks. However, this procedure cannot eliminate skin laxity issues and may even exacerbate them. If excess skin is not a concern for you, liposuction alone may be able to achieve your desired outcome.

Schedule your appointment with Dallas Plastic Surgeon Dr. Patty Young.

Dr. Patty Young is a Plano Texas Plastic Surgeon Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Young is Medical Director of Premier Plastic Surgery of Texas. Named Top10MD in 2014 an honor only 1-in-3 doctors succeed within the United States. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Patty Young, click on her profile or call her office at 972-398-1131.