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Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck - Which Should I Get?

Deciding between liposuction and a tummy tuck can be challenging, especially when you're looking to improve your body contour. Both procedures offer distinct benefits and are suited for different aesthetic goals.

Choosing between liposuction and a tummy tuck depends on your specific goals and body condition. Liposuction is ideal for removing excess fat in areas with tight skin, like hips and love handles. It can also help with issues like axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive armpit sweat). On the other hand, a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is more suitable for achieving a flat and smooth stomach, especially if you have excess skin or need skin tightening.

Consulting with a professional is crucial in making an informed decision. Both procedures can be combined for comprehensive results in certain cases. Understanding the differences and assessing your needs will guide you towards the right choice. Read on to delve deeper into each procedure, their benefits, and suitability for your unique situation.

What's the main reason you're interested in these procedures?

Tummy Tuck vs Liposuction in Central Florida

Liposuction or Tummy Tuck?

  • Can you get both? Absolutely. In fact, it's very common to for surgeons to do Liposuction on the sides & hips while the patient is getting a Tummy Tuck.


  • Removing Fat: For areas where your skin is already tight (the hips, lower back, & love handles) but you have excess fat - Liposuction is a great option.
  • Excessive Armpit Sweat: This problem is also known as "axillary hyperhidrosis", & it's extremely common (doctors estimate 3% of the US population suffer from it). If the over-the-counter remedies aren't working for you - Liposuction may be your saving grace.
  • Bad Metabolism: Many women with metabolic disorders don't see any improvements from diet & exercise, no matter what. Because of that, using Liposuction to remove the fat cells entirely can really benefit their total health.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

  • Flat & Smooth Stomach: Though Liposuction is great for removing fat in areas with tight skin, Tummy Tucks are better for tightening the skin itself. Especially the skin on the stomach, which gets more elastic as you age.
  • Excess Skin: This is the main reason to choose a Tummy Tuck over Liposuction.

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