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Do I Need Liposuction or A Tummy Tuck?

Do I Need Liposuction or A Tummy Tuck?

To Tuck or Not To Tuck?

That is definitely the question on many women’s minds today. Like most women, as we get older; have children and just go through physical changes, the hardest place it seems to keep weight off is our waists. Something as simple as stress can kick start the retention around the waist line.

Aside from what is looks like, though it is completely natural for the body to go through these changes; it feels better to have the excess weight off. It’s better for your health not to mention it makes it a lot easier to keep in shape because your energy is drained when you have excess weight on you. So if you are to the point that you are ready to make a decision toward this subject, I think it is important to know what your needs are and what the difference is between Liposuction and a Tummy Tuck. Depending on what your desired results are will determine which you would seek to get or possibly even both. Combination surgeries like the “Mommy Makeover” use both procedures in combination to achieve optimum results.

What is Liposuction?

According to American Society of Plastic Surgeons (2016), "Liposuction, also known as Lipoplasty, slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits, improving your body contours and proportion, and ultimately, enhancing your self-image.” Keywords being Slims and Reshapes to help you visualize. I don’t know about you, but there are a few areas I would like to slim down and reshape. Liposuction can be done a various parts of the body. According to American Society of Plastic Surgeons (2016), the following places on the body are able to recieve lipoplasty:

  • Thighs
  • Hips and buttocks
  • Abdomen and waist
  • Upper arms
  • Back
  • Inner knee
  • Chest area
  • Cheeks, chin and neck
  • Calves and ankles

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A Tummy Tuck, otherwise known as Abdominoplasty, is a comprehensive surgery. This surgery is ideal for women that have had multiple children, or just gained an excess amount of weight around their waistline. What is comprehensive about this surgery is the restoration of the abdominal muscles. Even women that have not had any children can over time gain weight and their abdominal muscles separate. In the Tummy Tuck procedure, the surgeon takes the abdominal muscles and pulls them back together tightening them and creating a slimmer waistline in addition giving the results of a flatter stomach. Achieving a tighter abdomen is difficult even for those of us that don’t have that spare tire syndrome (American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2016).

The Tummy Tuck does not stop there. Abdominoplasty also is the removal of excess fat and skin from the abdominal area. Common causes for a loose or sagging stomach is aging or a previous abdominal surgery such as a cesarean causing a sagging flap to occur over the pelvic bone. Fluctuations in body weight can cause your abdominal skin to become loose in addition to just being hereditary. (American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2016).

It is suggested that women that plan to have another pregnancy wait on having a tummy tuck as the results are only permanent if there is not excessive fluctuation in body weight post-surgery. It’s also suggested you recognize that having either procedure done whether a Tummy Tuck or Liposuction that this is not a substitute for a weight loss program (American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2016). Like most procedures, it is essential to follow through with physician recommendations after any surgery. For safety and for optimum results.

Luckily, liposuction in Houston, TX is affordable and it is not difficult to locate a skilled professional to perform the procedure. It is important when searching for doctor that you research. I stress to make sure the office has board certified and accredited physicians and read reviews! While you will probably discover that there are more places that offer liposuction than tummy tucks, Houston, TX is fortunate to have Dr. Morgan E. Norris III, MD to be able to consult with you and see what the best choice for you would be. Like any surgery, there are some risks. Normal risks include but are not limited to blood clotting and infection. Some patients are at higher risk according to their physical conditions and history. Dr. Norris can discuss these details with you during your consultation. Make sure to have all your questions answered prior to your decision. It is important to feel positive about the decision to improve your lifestyle.


American Society of Plastic Surgeons. (2016). Liposuction. Retrieved from

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