Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Associates

Liposuction or Tummy Tuck?

If you’ve been interested in addressing unwanted fat in your midsection, chances are that you’ve done your research and stumbled upon two common plastic surgery procedures: liposuction and tummy tucks.

Which option would be the best choice in helping you achieve the body you desire? Read on to learn the difference between the two procedures—and which could be best for you!

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Tummy Tucks

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area and tightens the abdominal muscles to improve body shape. While this surgery may leave a scar behind, Dr. Lazarus uses special techniques to keep them at a minimum, and place them in an area that is more easily hidden.

Abdominoplasty is a great option for people who have experienced a large fluctuation in weight or multiple pregnancies—both resulting in loose, excess skin. It is also helpful in eliminating stubborn subcutaneous (under the skin) fat that does not respond to diet and exercise.


Liposuction surgery removes fat deposits below the skin with a small tube to help shape specific areas of the body. Unlike tummy tucks, this procedure can also address the hips, buttocks, thighs, chin and neck in addition to the abdomen.

A liposuction procedure is best for patients simply looking to remove fat, contour the body and improve proportion. This surgery cannot help with excess skin, and it is recommended for those who are in good health and near a normal body weight. Since diet and exercise are vital after liposuction, this procedure is a great push for patients to get back on track to a healthy lifestyle.

Which Fat Reduction Procedure to Choose?

When comparing liposuction to a tummy tuck, one option isn’t better than the other—but one of the two could be more effective for you! In fact, depending on your goals, the two procedures can be performed together. Keep in mind that these treatment options are not an alternative to weight loss, and you must maintain a healthy lifestyle for optimized results.

liposuction or tummy tuck

Liposuction and Tummy Tucks in Knoxville

If you’ve been researching which plastic surgery procedure to choose, don’t go at it alone. Dr. Lazarus is always happy to meet with you, discuss your goals and recommend the best treatment option. Ready to take the first step? Give us a call at 865.588.1662—and visit our promotions page for special offers on treatments!

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