Tummy Tuck or Liposuction or both?

Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery vs Liposuction: Which Is Right for You?

Ready for a change? If you have loose skin, stretch marks or excess fat, you can transform your body in a simple outpatient procedure. Tummy tucks and liposuction are both great options for giving you the flat stomach and narrow waist that you’ve always wanted. Whether you are struggling to get your pre-baby body back or you have loose skin after losing weight, you’ll be amazed at what’s possible with modern plastic surgery.

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The Difference Between a Tummy Tuck and Liposuction

Liposuction has been around for a while now and it’s one of the most popular procedures in Sydney and across the world. It’s an incredible, transformative process that can remove fat from anywhere on your body. It doesn’t leave an incision mark so you don’t have to worry about scarring. There’s no need to spend the night in a hospital and you can get back to work in about one week.
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a slightly more involved process that offers more benefits. When you opt to have a tummy tuck, you can remove excess fat, tighten up ab muscles, reduce stretch marks and eliminate loose skin. While the advantages are great, the disadvantage is that there will be a small scar. Fortunately, that scar can easily be covered by underwear or swimwear.

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Which Is Better: A Tummy Tuck or Liposuction?

A liposuction is ideal for removing fat and it can dramatically change your shape from head to toe. It’s a perfect option for eliminating fat from your arms, hips, thighs, butt and torso. In many cases, however, it’s just not quite enough to get optimal results. For many men and women, a tummy tuck is the best option for getting rid of stretch marks and loose skin on top of removing excess fat. If you’ve been pregnant or lost a lot of weight, you may have an excess of skin. The only way to remove this sagging skin is with a tummy tuck.

There are actually a couple of different options for abdominoplasty. A full tummy tuck tackles the lower and upper abdomen while a mini tummy tuck is a good option for those just dealing with excess fat and loose skin below the belly button. Both options are often combined with liposuction to remove stubborn fat from the flanks, lower back and thighs to create an improved contour.


What are the Health Benefits of Tummy Tuck?

Improves Self-Esteem and Quality of Life

A number of studies found that tummy tuck can have beneficial effects on self-esteem and quality of life.

A study evaluated the quality of life, self-esteem, and emotional stability of patients who had abdominoplasty. [1] In this study, the subjects answered a postoperative complication questionnaire and a standardized self-assessment test on satisfaction and quality of life.  Significantly increased values were found in the items of the standardized self-assessment test on satisfaction and quality of life.

The impact of abdominoplasty on the quality of life was assessed in women aged 25 to 60 years. [2] The participants answered three questionnaires assessing body shape and self-esteem. At 1- and 6-months postoperatively, the participants who had abdominoplasty experienced a significant positive impact on body image, self-esteem, and mental health compared to those who did not have the surgery.

A study evaluated 30 female patients who had abdominoplasty. [3] Before and after the surgery, the subjects answered questionnaires measuring body image, psychological investment in the appearance, and general psychosocial functioning. Results showed significant improvements in body image outcomes, including positive changes in overall appearance and self-consciousness.

A Full Tummy Tuck Improves Body Posture and Treats Back Pain

Evidence also suggests that tummy tuck can help improve body posture by increasing self-confidence and can reduce back pain by tightening the abdominal muscles.

The effects of abdominoplasty were evaluated among a group of patients with excess abdominal skin. [4] Posture was evaluated before the surgery and 1 year thereafter. After the surgery, the subjects had significant improvement in the positioning of the pelvis, head, and shoulders. Researchers reported that this improvement in body posture was caused by changes in body mass and an increase in the self-confidence of the subjects.

The effects of abdominoplasty were assessed in 40 women with substantial back and lumbar pain due to excessive abdominal skin. [5] The subjects underwent radiography of the thoracic and lumbar regions pre-and post-operatively. Six months after the surgery, the subjects answered questionnaires assessing physical, psychological, and quality-of-life changes. Results revealed that abdominoplasty improved body posture and reduced back pain of the subjects by tightening the thoracolumbar fascia, a diamond-shaped connective tissue that comprises the muscles of the abdomen.

A Combined Tummy Tuck and Liposuction?

Before visiting our Sydney clinic, most patients spend a lot of time researching options and have a treatment plan in mind before arriving. It’s always important to know what your goals are but sometimes the best treatment plan is hard to guess.

While a tummy tuck or liposuction might be a good option for many people, often a combined approach is the best option. To create an ideal shape, liposuction can be used to slim down your hips and flanks while a tummy tuck will eliminate all of the excess skin to create a smooth look.

Want to learn more about your options?

  • Read Dr Turner’s Tummy Tuck procedure page
  • Read Dr Turner’s Liposuction procedure page

When you are ready to chat with a doctor about your options, schedule a  consultation with Dr Turner at his Sydney or Newcastle clinics to learn more about your treatment options.

Medical References

  1. Papadopulos NA, Staffler V, Mirceva V, Henrich G, Papadopoulos ON, Kovacs L, Herschbach P, Machens HG, Biemer E. Does abdominoplasty have a positive influence on quality of life, self-esteem, and emotional stability? Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Jun;129(6):957e-962e. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e31824ecc2b. PMID: 22634693.
  2. Von Soest T, Kvalem IL, Roald HE, Skolleborg KC. The effects of cosmetic surgery on body image, self-esteem, and psychological problems. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2009 Oct;62(10):1238-44. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2007.12.093. Epub 2008 Jul 2. PMID: 18595791.
  3. Bolton MA, Pruzinsky T, Cash TF, Persing JA. Measuring outcomes in plastic surgery: body image and quality of life in abdominoplasty patients. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2003 Aug;112(2):619-25; discussion 626-7. doi: 10.1097/01.PRS.0000070972.57000.08. PMID: 12900625.
  4. Mazzocchi M, Dessy LA, Di Ronza S, Iodice P, Saggini R, Scuderi N. A study of postural changes after abdominal rectus plication abdominoplasty. Hernia. 2014 Aug;18(4):473-80. doi: 10.1007/s10029-012-1015-1. Epub 2012 Nov 8. PMID: 23132640.
  5. Soteropulos CE, Edinger KM, Leibl KE, Siebert JW. Improvement in Back Pain Following Abdominoplasty: Results of a 10-Year, Single-Surgeon Series. Aesthet Surg J. 2020;40(12):1309-1315. doi:10.1093/asj/sjaa032.

About Dr Scott Turner FRACS (Plas) – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Scott Turner - Top Plastic Surgeon Sydney and Best plastic surgeon Newcastle

Dr Scott J Turner has spent a lifetime acquiring the qualifications, education, training, and hands-on surgical experience to perform superior cosmetic plastic surgery to give you natural, beautiful results and the improved sense of well-being you want. He is one of the top Specialist Plastic Surgeons with a Breast and Body Surgery focus in New South Wales.

Achieving this personal goal requires not only in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and refined surgical techniques but an ongoing commitment to learning the latest procedures around the world. This is why Dr Turner regularly attends both local and international surgeon meetings – discussing these advances with the leaders around the world in order to offer you the most natural, effective and safest surgical procedures. He is a committed board member of ASAPS – Australia Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

Dr Turner and his highly trained staff will do everything to ensure that you are fully informed, while providing exceptional, world-class cosmetic plastic surgery, in a personal and caring environment.

Next Steps

Always Do Your Research

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  • A medical referral is helpful but NOT essential for purely cosmetic consultations.
  • Please obtain a referral from your GP or Specialist if you want a consultation for an MBS item number surgery.
  • Please note that your Medicare Rebates will NOT be claimable without a valid recent Medical Referral

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Dr Scott
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly examine all the documents provided

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