Liposuction or Tummy Tuck?

Body sculpting can be one of the greatest assets in the cosmetic surgery toolbox, and is one of the most indispensible for locals who virtually live on the San Diego beaches. Either liposuction or a tummy tuck from can give you a slim new profile, but which one does what? And, more importantly, which procedure will give you the results that you’re looking for?


Liposuction is a body slimming procedure that’s usually performed on an outpatient basis at our practice in La Jolla. With liposuction, fat cells are permanently removed from the body to give you a sleeker, more toned appearance. Lipo is especially intended for those problem areas that just don’t seem to be affected by diet or exercise, like the love handles. Although lipo is definitely not a weight loss solution, the procedure can certainly help you look trimmer.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck is much more involved than liposuction. While both procedures are permanent, lipo removes only fat cells; a tummy tuck eliminates excess skin around the abdominal area and tightens abdominal muscles as well. If liposuction is best for fine-tuning the body, a tummy tuck is ideal for dramatic changes in your appearance. Like lipo, a tummy tuck isn’t a solution for weight loss. In fact, the surgery is often performed to eliminate the loose folds of skin and tissue that are frequently left behind following significant weight loss.

Which One?

If you’re still not sure whether a liposuction or a tummy tuck will be better at giving you the results you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to contact our office today for a consultation. Working closely with me and my team is the best way to make sure you’re getting the right procedure at the right time, to get the results you’ve been working toward.

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