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The Difference Between Liposuction and Tummy Tuck

Are you searching for a way to get rid of the resistant layers of abdominal fat? You’ve either been following a harsh diet and exercising regularly for the past few years, but this one layer of fat refuses to disappear? Or you’ve lost a lot of weight and now have sagging skin above your tummy. In either case, a stomach tuck or liposuction may be of interest to you. Both procedures have similar outcomes, although they are not identical.

What Is the Difference Between Liposuction and A Tummy Tuck?


Liposuction is a surgical procedure that aids in removing stubborn and undesirable fat layers. It’s beneficial for people who maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating a well-balanced diet and exercising on a continuous basis.

This cosmetic surgery involves tearing up the fat and extracting it using a cannula. Moreover, Surgeries for liposuction are performed using local or full anesthesia, as determined at your initial appointment with our cosmetic Surgeons. The early results for liposuction are seen post-surgery, and the ultimate outcome is evident within 2-3 months.

Types of Liposuction

VASER Liposuction

VASER stands for “Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance, ” a one-of-a-kind technique that dissolves fat tissues with ultrasonic waves before collecting them out with a cannula.

This type of liposuction is considered an excellent choice for patients who want precise sculpting and definition for their bodies.

Traditional Liposuction

Traditional liposuction is a standard procedure for patients who want to get rid of fat clumps and enhance the overall shaping in major areas, including the hips, thighs, stomach, and buttocks.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

A tummy tuck, sometimes known as Abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that removes extra weight and skin from the abdomen. Patients who want to flatten their abdomen walls after significant weight reduction or pregnancy should consider tummy tucks.

You can expect firmer abdominal wall muscles and a thinner lower belly when you book a tummy tuck surgery with Novomed.

Types of Tummy Tuck Surgery


Women who’ve never delivered a baby are the most likely candidates for a mini-tuck. Only the extra flesh and fatty tissue below the belly are targeted with this technique. If your upper abdomen is in good shape, this short operation will refine your curves and remove any skin folds or lower abdominal rolls of fat. The abdominal wall will remain untouched during a mini-tuck.

Traditional Tuck

The abdominal muscles might become weak or separate due to major bodyweight fluctuations, severe wounds, or childbirth. A traditional tuck, similar to a mini-tuck, removes extra skin and fat beneath the navel. It does, however, target extra skin and fat above the navel. This surgery can also be performed to repair a loosened, fractured, or torn abdominal wall caused by a ventral hernia.

Extra fats and tissues are extracted from the abdomen once rectified. The excess stomach skin is tightened over the reconstructed abdominal wall, and the navel is usually realigned. If you have a large quantity of extra fat to eliminate, this operation can be done with liposuction.

Extended Tuck

Patients who have lost a massive amount of weight, usually through gastric (weight loss) surgery, are the most eligible for an extended tuck. This technique provides you with all of the advantages of a traditional tuck. Yet, loose skin and fatty tissue from the thighs, hips, and back are also removed.


Once our patients have a clear understanding of the procedures’ actual outcomes, the most frequent question is how long the results will last. The answer is, both of these procedures have long-lasting benefits. Yet, your lifestyle affects the overall progress of your surgery.

The results of liposuction are generally deemed permanent because after the fat cells are extracted, the tissues are lost forever. However, if you put on weight in the future, the fat tissue in the treated areas may grow, offsetting the procedure’s results. It’s important to remember that you have no control over which areas of your body acquire weight.

Tummy tuck’s outcomes are also deemed permanent. Yet, the actual duration of the results is determined in part by your post-procedure habits. If you acquire so much weight that your skin has to expand and spread to adapt to the additional weight, you may develop saggy skin in the future.

It’s no secret that collagen fibres become less active as you age, which reduces the chances of skin snapping back into position after you lose weight. Furthermore, ventral hernias, potential pregnancy, and other life circumstances increase the odds of your abdominal walls breaking once again.


The duration of time it takes to recover from liposuction varies according to how many spots in your body were treated, how much fat had to be extracted, the approach employed, and a number of other factors.

Most patients can return to work in a desk job within a few days. However, you cannot return to a manual labour job during the first two weeks after surgery.

Similar to liposuction, a tummy tuck is a same-day surgery. Our medical team at Novomed will wrap your incision in surgical dressing when you wake up from anesthesia and issue a compressive suit called “belly binder.” You’ll also be advised to walk under supervision within 24 hours of surgery to avoid blood clots.

In addition, prescribed medications and painkillers will be required to prevent infection and relieve pain. Surgical drains may also be necessary for up to two weeks following surgery.

Visit board-certified cosmetic surgeons at Novomed to determine if body shaping is suitable for you and which treatment would provide the best difference in abdominal surgery.

Our professional team at Novomed will evaluate your objectives and run a thorough examination of the skin, fat, and abdominal wall layers to help you decide!