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Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck: Which Procedure Is Right for You?

Posted January 10, 2024 in Liposuction

When it comes to improving your figure, Folsom Plastic Surgery offers patients many different options. If you have stubborn fat or excess abdominal skin, you may have turned to diet and exercise to solve the problem. However, many times, the only option to truly transform this area is surgery. Liposuction or tummy tuck are two such options; read more about the differences and similarities of the procedures below:

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Treatment Area

Tummy tuck surgery is ideal for removing the loose, saggy skin that hangs around the belly after major bodily changes such as pregnancy or weight loss. This procedure also tightens the underlying muscles in the abdomen, leaving patients with a desirable tight and slim tummy. While liposuction can be used on the abdomen to sculpt a more attractive contour, it is not limited to this area. Liposuction can be used to eliminate stubborn fat pockets throughout the body, including the thighs, upper arms, and buttocks. For some patients, simply having liposuction on the abdomen is enough; for others, greater correction is needed for the desired result.

Procedure Details

Liposuction involves a small instrument called a cannula, which is inserted through an incision to access the fatty areas that require treatment. The cannula is moved around to break up the fat, which is then removed before the incision is closed.

Depending on the area that needs work, you can have a mini tummy tuck, a complete tummy tuck, or a circumferential tummy tuck. During the procedure, the abdominal muscles that may have been stretched or weakened are reinforced, and any sagging skin is trimmed and tightened, resulting in a flat tummy you can be proud to show off.


Liposuction can sometimes be a part of a larger treatment plan, such as a mommy makeover, which will influence your recovery time. When performed as a singular treatment, liposuction recovery can vary based on the amount of fat taken and the number of treatment areas. Generally, patients should expect complete healing to take place in six months. During recovery, you will be required to rest and avoid certain activities that could lead to complications.

Tummy tuck surgery recovery times can also vary based on factors such as age, overall health, and the type of tummy tuck performed.

Unlock Your Beauty in Folsom

Regardless of your treatment choice, patients can expect excellent care at Folsom Plastic Surgery. Dr. Mabourakh and his team of dedicated professionals are eager to accompany you on your beauty journey with safe and effective cosmetic procedures in Folsom and Stockton. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

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