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Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty or Liposuction

If you are unhappy with your abdomen region, there are chances you have thought about getting some form of plastic surgery done. Have you thought about an abdominoplasty (commonly referred to as a tummy tuck) or liposuction? We are here to help you figure that out! Key variables that determine whether tummy tuck or liposuction, or even both can provide the best results. It is important to take a look at the different factors in deciding which one is best for you.

Skin Laxity

If you have a noticeable amount of sagging skin, which generally is caused by massive weight loss or after childbirth then a tummy tuck is the right choice. During the Abdominoplasty, which is commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, the surgeons at Ohio Plastic Surgery Specialists remove lose, excessive skin from the abdominal area and lift the remaining skin for a tight, trim look.

Patients that have minimal skin laxity can benefit from a liposuction. Liposuction is typically performed when certain areas of the body do not respond to diet and exercise. Liposuction permanently and painlessly removes the areas of fat that are resistant to these efforts. Liposuction results in a smoother, tighter appearance in these trouble spots.

Muscle Laxity

After pregnancy and massive weight loss, the once tight abdominal wall becomes loose, leading to a bulging appearance. However, a physical evaluation is needed to determine if muscle laxity and/or fat is the underlying cause of the problem. Muscle repair is only possible through standard tummy tuck in which a hip to hip incision is used.


Ultimately, the goals of the patient will determine the procedure formed. Some people can tolerate a small amount of excess skin their tummy area, others feel that it is a significant issue. For this reason, some patients are advised to have liposuction first then wait at least 3-4 months to determine if they would be happy with the result. This will allow the skin to shrink to the best of its ability. However, liposuction can lead to a scar in the fat layer, which could pose some challenges during an abdominoplasty procedure. Learn more about abdominoplasty procedure or Tummy Tucks In Columbus Ohio.

If you have any questions about which procedure would be right for you, call our office today to book a consultation.