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Tummy Tuck vs Liposuction

Dr. Bunkis will be regularly featured in this Cosmetic Surgery, Ask the Doctor Q&A column. We invite you to call Dr. Bunkis at 949-888-9700, or email your questions to [email protected]. Enjoy!

I would like to get rid of my “flabby” stomach but have received contradictory advice from a few doctors with regards to a liposuction versus a tummy tuck. How can I choose the right procedure for me? Andrea M. - Ladera Ranch

This certainly is a difficult question to answer without seeing you in person. But in a nut shell, both procedures are designed to improve the way an abdomen looks. Which one is right for you depends on the amount of excess fat and skin laxity that is present. The liposuction procedure can improve an abdomen that has a few inches of fat between the skin and the underlying muscles, and if the skin is not particularly loose. The first patient shown below has had two children, has an three or four inches of excess fat accumulated between her skin and abdominal wall, very little skin excess and was an excellent candidate for a liposuction procedure. Many women who have had pregnancies or lost weight through dieting end up with some fatty excess but have a significant skin excess – this skin excess will not be improved with a liposuction procedure, and indeed, could leave a patient looking worse, more prune-like, with a liposuction without a removal of the excess skin. The second set of photos shows a 42 year old professional dancer with skin laxity but very little fat, after having two children, before and a month after an abdominoplasty, right after returning to work as a dancer! Your best bet would be to see a board certified plastic surgeon, one well versed in liposuction as well as surgical correction of skin excess with an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck, to determine which category you fall in and to discuss your options. Dr. Bunkis has performed tummy tucks and lipsuctions on the Learning Channel as well as on NBC’s “The Other Half” show. Feel free to contact our office if you would like to discuss your options with Dr. Bunkis (949-888-9700).

(Actual patients of Dr. Bunkis – your results may vary)

before and after

35 year old, mother of two, before and after an abdominal liposuction.

before and after

45 year old dancer, before and a month after an abdominoplasty!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.