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What’s right for you? Liposuction or Tummy Tuck

Tummy tucks, also known as abdominoplasty, and liposuction procedures are some of the most popular cosmetic surgeries. Although they are popular procedures many aren’t aware of the key differences between them. In this blog, we will cover the key differences between both procedures.

 tummy tuck patient story
Stella, tummy tuck patient at The Private Clinic.

What is Liposuction and Tummy Tucks For?

Liposuction and Vaser Liposuction are body contouring procedures to target unwanted fat deposits across the body. Is a common misconception that these procedures will help patients lose weight as weight-loss techniques.

Surgical liposuction is a cosmetic procedure performed under general anaesthetic that consists of removing excess skin and tissue using a device called a cannula which is attached to a liposuction machine. Liposuction is ideal for patients who have larger amounts of fat or excess tissue or who are not suitable for Vaser Liposuction. Liposuction can be combined with an abdominoplasty, this combination procedure is popularly known as ‘Mummy Makeover‘, a procedure to contour the body and tighten the abdomen at the same time.

Vaser Liposuction is a less invasive body contouring procedure performed under local anaesthetic. Vaser Liposuction uses ultrasound technology to liquefy fat cells prior and then removes them through a gentle suction process. It offers a speedy recovery with patients having to take 2-5 days off work depending on the areas being treated.

Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that consists of removing the excess skin around the abdominal area tightening and smoothing the belly. There are different types of tummy tucks depending on the amount of excess skin and fat that needs to be removed.

What areas can I treat with Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck?

With a tummy tuck the only areas that can be targeted in the abdomen.

tummy tuck before and after photos results
Before and after abdominoplasty.

However, with Liposuction and Vaser Liposuction there are a wide variety of areas of the body that can be treated:

  • Buttocks crease
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Bingo Wings
  • Abdomen/ stomach
  • Chin and Neck
  • Upper arms
  • Knees
  • Flanks
stomach liposuction before and after photos results
Stomach liposuction before and after photos

How do I know if I’m suitable for Liposuction or Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty procedure is suitable for patients who suffer from excess skin as a result of severe weight loss or after pregnancy and need to tighten their abdomen.

Liposuction and Vaser Liposuction are suitable for patients who suffer from stubborn fat deposits that they cannot remove after dieting and exercise. The ideal candidates should be close to their ideal weight.

What are the main benefits of Liposuction and Tummy Tucks?

The main befits of Vaser Liposuction are:

  • Vaser Lipo doesn’t require general anaesthetic.
  • Vaser liposuction is not as invasive as traditional liposuction.
  • Minimal downtime.
  • No overnight hospital stay.
  • Stimulates collagen production, resulting in tighter skin for many patients.
  • The body will be more defined and contoured.

The benefits of Tummy Tuck are:

  • Flatter and firmer tummy.
  • You can get back your pre-pregnancy figure.
  • Smoother abdomen.
  • Excess skin removed.

 Why Choose The Private Clinic

The Private Clinic has over 35 years of experience in the cosmetic sector seeing over 15,000 new patients every year and performs over 10,000 procedures. We are also proud to say we count with the highest patients’ satisfaction rates with 96% of our patients saying they would recommend us to their friends and family.

We have clinics across the UK located in LondonBirmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Northampton

To arrange a consultation with our expert plastic surgeons at any of our clinics please contact us via 0333 920 2471 or visit our liposuction, Vaser Liposuction and Tummy Tuck pages to see our amazing results and read our patient stories.

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