Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction

Plastic Surgeon Serving Orlando, Winter Park and Nearby Areas of Central Florida

The goal of body contouring is to ensure that you have the best-looking body possible. Selecting the best body contouring procedure is essential to getting the results you desire. Many of our patients wonder: is a tummy tuck or liposuction better for taking care of my paunchy belly?

Florida LiposuctionThe best way to determine which procedure is right for you is in a personal consultation with Orlando, Florida plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Hartog. Dr. Hartog will evaluate the body issues you hope to address, determine whether you are a good candidate for tummy tuck or liposuction, and draw from his years of experience to make personalized recommendations. Please schedule a personal body contouring consultation today.

What the Procedures Accomplish

Liposuction removes fat, and some types, such as VASER Liposelection, may also help with skin tightening. Belly fat is notoriously hard to get rid of, and if you find your belly is not responding to diet and exercise, liposuction may be able to help. Liposuction is not a single option, but many different ones. To help determine which is right for each patient, we have developed a special Bougainvillea Protocol.

Tummy Tuck removes skin and tightens slack abdominal muscles. Paradoxically, it is often used by men and women who have no problem getting rid of belly fat, but are then left with a slack, empty-looking roll of skin and other tissue. Other times, it is used in combination with liposuction if skin is not expected to contract after fat removal, or if a woman has slack abdominal muscles as a result of pregnancy.

Body Contouring Results

After a liposuction procedure, your unsightly fat deposits will be reduced. You will have a more flattering shape and definition to your body's natural curves. The amount of skin contraction you see after the procedure depends on your skin tone and the procedure used.

A tummy tuck results in a smoother and flatter abdomen, and possibly a smoother contour to your waist and hips, if desired. A tummy tuck can remove stretch marks and unattractive wrinkly skin from the abdomen.

Body Contouring Risks

All procedures carry risks. One of the most common risks is that the results may not be what you hoped, so it is important to enter your procedure with realistic expectations about your likely results. In addition, specific risks for each procedure include:


  • Bruising and swelling of the skin
  • Possible rippling of the skin
  • Asymmetry

Tummy Tuck

  • Infection
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia
  • Blood clots
  • Delayed healing
  • Adverse scarring

To learn more about which procedure is better for you, please schedule a tummy tuck vs. liposuction consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Hartog at the Bougainvillea Clinique in Orlando or Winter Park, Florida today.