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Tummy Tuck VS Liposuction: What are the Differences?

If you have extra weight around your waist, but can’t seem to lose it no matter how much healthy food you eat or exercise that burns calories, then plastic surgery might be something worth considering. Liposuction and tummy tucks are two popular procedures for sculpting the body. So, what’s the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction?

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure to improve the appearance of your abdomen. Excess skin and fat are removed from the abdomen during this surgery before tightening connective tissue in your abdominal area with sutures. 

The remaining skin will be repositioned to create more tone while improving body image at the same time. You might choose to undergo a tummy tuck if you have an excess amount of fat or skin around where it meets your belly button or lower abs that aren’t strong enough on their own.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses suction to remove fat from specific body areas like the abdomen, hips, and thighs. This procedure can remove fat from areas of the body that haven’t responded well to diet and exercise.

What are the Differences Between a Tummy Tuck and Liposuction?

Tummy tucks and liposuction are two very different procedures. Here are the differences between them: 

  • A Tummy tuck is a more intensive surgery than liposuction
  • Unlike a tummy tuck, liposuction removes excess fat without removing excess skin
  • Liposuction is mainly for fat removal and reduction, while Tummy Tuck is more focused on skin tightening, reducing sagging muscles in the abdomen

Results of Tummy Tucks and Liposuction

Both liposuction and tummy tuck are great procedures for achieving a flatter, smoother stomach. 


There’s a time in your life where you need a boost, a fresh start, and a way to take control of things. We all have features about ourselves we want to change on the outside and it can affect us on the inside.

Pure’s goal is to give people a chance to make smart choices that lead to the results that will empower and inspire them to reach their dreams. Pure is led by Dr. S. Alexander Earle, who performs a wide range of procedures with an incredibly high rate of customer satisfaction.

Which is Right for Me: Tummy Tuck or Liposuction?

If you have small pockets of fat around your midsection that you would like to get rid of, liposuction is probably the best option for you. However, if loose skin is your concern and overall body contouring is desired, a tummy tuck will give results much better than any other procedure available on the market today.

Am I a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck or Liposuction?

Anyone in good health who wants to get rid of excess fat may be a great candidate for liposuction or a tummy tuck. You should schedule a consultation with Pure Plastic Surgery to determine which procedure will be better for you. 

Why Choose Pure Plastic Surgery?

Dr. Earle is a board-certified plastic surgeon with several years of experience in the cosmetic surgery industry. He is an Ivy League graduate who uses safe techniques for tummy tucks and liposuction. 

Dr. Earle uses Smart Aesthetics™ to tailor procedures according to each patient’s body type and desires while taking time with every individual consultation before moving forward with any surgical plans or recovery processes. He only performs limited surgeries daily, so he has enough time to focus on your needs.

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Take the Next Step

The best way to learn more about liposuction or tummy tuck at Pure Plastic Surgery is by meeting with Dr. Earle or Dr. Vidal. We invite you to schedule a consultation with our team by calling us at (305) 230-4326 or filling out our online form.

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