Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck

Liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are both effective ways to improve the shape and contour of your abdominal area, however, the two procedures differ significantly in terms of treatment, recovery, results and cost.

If you’re trying to decide which option would be most suitable for you, here’s an overview of how the two treatments compare.


The Treatment

Since first entering the market in the 1960s, liposuction has grown in popularity to become one of the most performed cosmetic procedures across the globe. Used to eliminate stubborn deposits of fat from a number of areas of the body, it can be highly effective at targeting unwanted fat in the abdominal area.

While liposuction is not a weight loss solution, it can make a dramatic improvement to the shape and contour of the abdominal region by creating a firmer and smoother profile. Ideally, patient’s should attempt to lose weight naturally by making positive changes to their diet and exercise regime before considering liposuction as a way to target those hard-to-shift excess deposits of fat.

Unlike tummy tuck surgery, liposuction is not intended as a way to tighten or remove residual excess skin following significant weight loss or pregnancy, but rather as a fat-removal treatment.

Patients are usually offered the choice between a range of liposuction methods including tumescent liposuction, ultrasound liposuction, laser lipolysis, power-assisted liposuction and mega liposuction. Performed using either local or general anaesthetic, the procedure itself is painless and can be performed in a matter of only a couple of hours.

The Recovery

While most of our liposuction treatments involve minimal downtime, the recovery following liposuction can vary according to the patient, the treatment method used and the volume of fat removed.

The recovery following liposuction is typically much shorter than that following tummy tuck surgery. Generally, patients are able to return to non-strenuous work within two days, while more intense activities should be avoided for at least 10 days. You can expect a full recovery to take between 1 and 5 months.

The Results

Liposuction is highly effective at removing unwanted fat from the abdomen, with patients often able to achieve a reduction of several centimeters or inches when measuring around the belly. The results are also essentially permanent as the body stops producing new fat cells after puberty.

Many patients also prefer to combine abdominal liposuction with liposculpture or liposuction on another area of the body in a single treatment to achieve a more pleasing and proportionate shape and contour.

The Cost

The cost of abdominal liposuction at Me Clinic starts from $6,200.

Tummy Tuck

The Treatment

Tummy tuck surgery can be effective at creating a slimmer and firmer abdominal profile. Unlike liposuction, the primary focus of tummy tuck surgery is not a reduction in fat but rather to remove loose or sagging excess skin that remains following significant weight loss or pregnancy and/or to restore weakened or separated abdominal muscles.

There are several types of tummy tuck procedures—the most suitable method will be determined by what you want to achieve:

  • Mini Tummy Tuck: A mini tummy tuck is ideal for treating excess skin from below the belly button where the underlying muscle does not require tightening. The treatment typically results in only minimal scarring and a faster recovery period.
  • Endoscopic Abdominoplasty: An endoscopic abdominoplasty is effective in cases where the abdominal walls require tightening without the need to remove excess skin. As the treatment requires only one small incision near the pubic bone, scarring is minimal and the recovery is relatively quick.
  • Full Abdominoplasty: A fully abdominoplasty involves removing the excess skin from below the belly button and tightening the underlying muscle. The treatment will result in a scar that runs across the bikini line which is generally not visible when wearing underwear.

Tummy tuck surgery can also be combined with liposuction to reduce the volume of fat in the abdominal region if desired.

The Recovery

The recovery following tummy tuck surgery largely depends on the surgical method used.

Following a full abdominoplasty, patients usually require at least one week away from work and should allow around 6-8 weeks before attempting any strenuous physical activity. The recovery following a mini tummy tuck or an endoscopic abdominoplasty is generally shorter, however patients should still avoid strenuous physical activity for 6 weeks.

The Result

A full abdominoplasty can generally achieve the best overall improvement to the physique, however, it may not be required. Your surgeon will recommend the most suitable tummy tuck method based on your individual condition and requirements.

The Cost

While the cost of undergoing tummy tuck surgery is influenced by a range of factors, as a general guide, you can expect a tummy tuck procedure at Me Clinic to cost between $12,800 and $19,500.

To obtain a personalised quote for tummy tuck surgery, arrange a consultation with one of our experienced surgeons.

Find out more about having liposuction or tummy tuck surgery at Me Clinic.

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