Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck: When to Get What

If you’ve been struggling with stubborn fat or skin around your midsection that just won’t disappear, even with daily exercise and a balanced diet, you might be feeling like thousands of people around the world—wondering if there’s any way to achieve your goals. You’ve probably tried all the trendy diets, went vegan for a few months, hired an overpriced personal trainer, created an at-home gym, or purchased the most popular exercise equipment. But nothing seems to be working.


If you haven’t already turned to plastic surgery, maybe now is the time you should. Liposuction or tummy tuck surgery are two of the most common plastic surgery procedures to help with unwanted fat, but how do you choose when to get what?

The Difference Between the Two Surgeries

A tummy tuck and liposuction have similar goals: to slim down your stomach. However, both are performed using different procedures and techniques. At Zochowski Plastic Surgery in Columbus, OH, Dr. Zochowski uses a cannula during liposuction to suction out unwanted fat that won’t respond to a healthy diet and exercise from various areas of the body, including the stomach, arms, thighs, lower back, and hips.


A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) removes excess fat, skin, and tissue from the stomach, in addition to tightening the abdominal muscles. First, Dr. Zochowski will use liposuction to remove stubborn belly fat. Once this step is complete, he will carefully drop the skin of the abdomen so that it’s smooth, removing any loose skin the patient might have. The primary difference between these two procedures is that an abdominoplasty accomplishes much more than fat removal. It can rebuild a damaged abdomen from the inside out, starting with the patient’s underlying musculature.

Comparing The Results

Both techniques provide long-lasting results; however, they can be compromised by weight gain or loss. They don’t remove all existing fat cells and tissue, so the remaining can inflate and deflate based on your diet and exercise regimen. Liposuction leaves your stomach flatter, with less fat stored around your midsection, while an abdominoplasty creates a more toned and firmer abdomen. If you’re looking to get rid of excess fat but also sagging skin, that’s when you should consider a tummy tuck over liposuction alone.

Let’s Talk Recovery

Liposuction recovery usually takes about five to seven days, while an abdominoplasty requires three weeks of healing. You should request time off work and avoid any strenuous activity during this time. You may need to ask a friend or family member to help you for the first few days. If you’re in need of a faster recovery time, then liposuction might be right for you.

Get A Firmer, Flatter Stomach at Zochowski Plastic Surgery

Dr. Christopher Zochowski can help you decide between liposuction and abdominoplasty. Schedule a consultation where you can discuss your personal concerns and aesthetic goals with a board-certified plastic surgeon by calling (614) 490-7500 or contact us through our website today!