Most of our candidates are confused about whether they need a tummy tuck or liposuction in order to get a toned and flatter abdomen. Only an experienced cosmetic surgeon, such as our team here at NYBG Plastic Surgery, can offer the right guidance in making this decision. Your surgeon will inform you about the differences between a tummy tuck and liposuction and also suggest a procedure that is more suitable in your individual case. If you’re considering either a tummy tuck or liposuction in Long Island to improve your abdominal shape, here is a general overview of both liposuction and tummy tuck, as provided here at NYBG Plastic Surgery.

Main Deciding Factor: Loose Skin

The selection of the abdominal reshaping procedure is primarily dependent on one key factor i.e. the extent of sagging, loose skin around the abdominal area. For those who have a lot of hanging skin, it is better to opt for a tummy tuck surgery because liposuction is aimed primarily at fat loss. It does not work well to tighten and smoothen loose skin. Liposuction is recommended for those who have moderate amounts of loose skin and simply need to eliminate fat from the body, specifically the abdominal region.


For those who are looking to eliminate excess tummy fat and improve the overall body contour without a long recovery period, liposuction might be a suitable choice. The procedure is proven to be quite effective in removing stubborn fat pockets, especially in the abdominal area. Patients often also undergo liposuction for getting rid of excessive fat in other body areas such as thighs, hips, and arms. A vital thing to understand about liposuction is that while it can eliminate excess skin, it doesn’t do much for skin tightening.

Like any other cosmetic surgery, liposuction also requires some recovery time. However, the recovery period is much shorter and simpler when compared to the tummy tuck procedure.

The majority of our liposuction patients report returning to work within a few days or a week after their surgery. Liposuction candidates are usually below 40 years of age and do not have major skin laxity issues.

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Tummy Tuck

As compared to the liposuction procedure, a tummy tuck is typically more invasive. It may entail fat and skin reduction in addition to muscle tightening. Hence, it is a slightly lengthier and more complicated procedure.

The tummy tuck procedure is effective in eliminating excess fat and skin from the lower as well as the middle abdomen. If you’re looking to get rid of the stubborn tummy bulge, then a tummy tuck is a more suitable procedure for you. Since a tummy tuck is a more invasive surgery, it is common for patients to notice a significant scar once the procedure is completed (usually extends from one side of the hip to the other).

The recovery time in a tummy tuck is also longer as compared to liposuction. It could take a couple of weeks and even months for the patient to feel absolutely normal again. The swelling generally takes a minimum of four months to diminish completely. You may be able to return to work within ten to fourteen days after a tummy tuck surgery.

Suitable candidates for a tummy tuck procedure are those above 40 years of age. This is the age when the skin’s natural elasticity starts to decrease. The core muscles might also become separated or loose. A tummy tuck surgery is often recommended for women who’ve had several pregnancies and wish to go back to their pre-pregnancy shape.

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Scarring - Lipo Vs Tummy Tuck

Scarring is a major factor to consider when choosing between a tummy tuck surgery and liposuction. The scars in a liposuction procedure are quite small and minimally noticeable immediately after surgery.

Also, they tend to fade pretty quickly and become almost invisible at some point.

In the case of a tummy tuck, however, you might have to deal with a very lengthy scar, which goes around your lower belly. The scar may be bright pink in color and highly noticeable. Proper care is needed to help the scar fade in a few years. Our surgeon will work to ensure this scar is below the bikini line during your tummy tuck in our Long Island location.

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