Tummy tuck or liposuction? This is probably one of the most frequent questions for people who want to get rid of the fat in their abdominal area. Most patients don’t fully understand that there are certain criteria to fulfill when recommending or deciding between the two procedures. While the scope of the tummy tuck and the abdominal liposuction are almost the same – a flat abdomen and a slimmer waist – the surgical method to remodel the body is different on a patient-to-patient basis. This depends on the following aspects: Skin laxity If the patient has a considerable amount of saggy skin on the belly, then the tummy tuck is the right choice. Saggy tummy usually occurs after massive weight loss or after one or multiple pregnancies. The procedure involves an incision at the lower part of the abdomen to remove the excess skin. However, patients who have minimal skin laxity can achieve the desired results only with the help of liposuction. Muscular laxity After pregnancies or significant weight loss, the muscles can be affected too. It is not just the skin that suffers. If there is indeed an issue with muscular laxity, then the tummy tuck is the optimal treatment plan. During this procedure, the plastic surgeon can strengthen the muscles of the abdominal wall, while eliminating the fat and the skin tissue that are in excess. The aesthetic purpose of the patient There are some people who can tolerate a relatively small quantity of excess skin on their abdominal area, but then there are others who are truly bothered by this. Fortunately, cosmetic surgery can help. Keep in mind though that tummy tuck intervention solves issues related to excess skin, while liposuction can make it worse.