Liposuction or Tummy Tuck for a Flatter Stomach? (2023)

Should I have Liposuction or a Tummy Tuck to achieve a Flatter Contoured Stomach? or both ? (Lipoabdominoplasty)

Pregnancy, weight loss, and ageing can all take a huge toll on your body. You’ll notice loose overhanging skin and stubborn fatty deposits around your midsection. No matter how healthy you eat or how hard you exercise, sometimes they just won’t disappear. It’s only human to start looking for alternative solutions such as cosmetic surgery. With countless procedures promising you a flat stomach, you can find yourself overwhelmed and confused at which procedure is right for you. Is it a liposuction or a tummy tuck? Although both plastic surgeries address the same areas, there are important differences to consider before deciding on a treatment.

URGENT UPDATE– The Australian Government has reinstated a Medicare Item Number for a Tummy Tuck for some post-pregnancy patients suffering fromDiastasis Recti (Split Tummy Muscles) if you are eligible and meet the new criteria. This new Medicare Item Number -30175 – is effective 1st July 2022.Read the30175 Medicare Item Number factsheet.

Here at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery, we take pride in being the leading plastic surgeons in both liposuction and tummy tuck procedures. Our Melbourne-based plastic surgeon can help you choose the right surgery for you. They will provide you with a customized surgical plan that will address all your aesthetic goals and concerns. Learn more about the difference between liposuction and tummy tuck surgery, and find out which one is best for you.

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Liposuction Vs Tummy Tuck – How Are They Different?

Liposuction and tummy tucks are the top two procedures that spring to mind when considering plastic surgeries that aim for a flatter, tighter and slimmer abdomen.

However, there are some key differences that you should know:


Also called liposculpture, Liposuction is less extreme plastic surgery. However, this procedure is most suitable for those with good skin quality and no abdominal muscle laxity. The procedure removes small to moderate amounts of excess fat deposits, sculpting your body into a more attractive contour and form. The abdomen is a popular area for liposuction, along with the thighs, flanks, and neck. There are different techniques for liposculpture, and surgeons can combine it with broader plastic surgeries like full-on mummy make-overs.

Liposuction involves the insertion of a thin rod through a small skin incision made near the treated region. Through this rod, the surgeon can loosen and suction out excess fat beneath your skin. There are different types of lipo techniques, some utilizing ultrasound energy (Vaser Liposuction) and others using laser energy instead to dislodge fat (Laser Liposuction). Read The Ultimate Guide to Lipo Surgery and How Liposuction Works.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, (medically terminology abdominoplasty), is a more extensive plastic surgery procedure that involves the tightening of your abdominal muscles, as well as the excision and removal of any excess skin. It can correct your protruding apron belly. Just like liposuction, it can also be a part of other plastic surgeries, such as Mommy Make-Overs and Daddy Do-Overs. Depending on your aesthetic goal, your plastic surgeon will choose from four main types of abdominoplasty.

  • Mini-Tummy Tuck: This is a less extensive form of abdominoplasty. It involves your lower abdomen only. Usually a great option for those who suffer from a mommy pooch following pregnancy, or those with loose excess skin and stretch marks below their belly button.
  • Full Tummy Tuck: Also known as classic abdominoplasty, mainly targets excess skin folds and roundness across the full length of your abdominal wall, both below and above your belly button.
  • Fleur-de-lis Tummy Tuck: This is a more extensive type of abdominoplasty. It’s perfect for women and men who have excessive amounts of abdominal overhanging skin and stubborn fat. A vertical abdominoplasty is another name for this procedure. This is due to the fact that as well as the traditional bikini-line incision there is an additional vertical skin incision.
  • Extended Tummy Tuck: An extended abdominoplasty is not limited to your abdominal region, but also involves the removal of a significant amount of excess skin or fatty tissue from your hips or lower back “love handle” area.

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Liposuction Vs Tummy Tuck – Which One Is for You?

People with similar cosmetic needs often desire Liposuction and abdominoplasty.
Below are some things to consider before undergoing any of these two procedures.

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Liposuction is ideal if you:

  • Have small, isolated fat deposits that are responding to neither diet nor exercise
  • Feel you have certain bulging areas that are out of proportion with the rest of your figure
  • Have good skin quality, and excess sagging skin is not a problem
  • Are or near your target weight, as lipo isn’t a weight-loss tool

Tummy Tuck is more suitable if you:

  • You have excess overhanging skin around your belly, after significant weight loss
  • Are in good shape, but suffer from a belly that sticks out
  • Have completed your family (no more pregnancies), and want to tighten your abdominal muscles and skin
  • Can’t achieve a toned abdomen nor 6-packs, despite diet and exercise

Liposuction Vs Tummy Tuck – Combining the Two

Both liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are excellent procedures on their own, with long-lasting results. However, many patients decide on undergoing both surgeries together. This combination is so common in the cosmetic plastic surgery industry that it has its own name: Lipoabdominoplasty.

Lipoabdominoplasty can bring you the best of both worlds. The liposuction aspect of it is an excellent tool to sculpt and shape your body contour the way you desire, while a tummy tuck can get rid of any loose overhanging skin and tighten your stretched-out abdominal muscles.

Combining both liposuction and abdominoplasty surgery into one versatile procedure extends the pool of surgery candidates to include obese patients wishing to get rid of overhanging belly fat and skin for a flatter stomach and a slimmer midsection. You will no longer feel as if you have to earn either of the procedures. Moreover, lipo plus tummy tuck can provide you with better aesthetic results, lower risks, and quicker recovery.

Liposuction Vs Tummy Tuck – Recovery

One of the key differences between liposculpture and abdominoplasty is the recovery process.


Liposculpture is an outpatient procedure done under general anaesthesia. This means you’ll likely be able to go home only hours after surgery. The recovery process of liposuction relies on how many areas you’ve had operated on, and whether you need any additional future liposuction sessions.

After your surgery, you will experience some pain, bruising, and swelling at the site of your fat removal. It lasts for only a few days. You will be able to manage the majority of your discomfort with home remedies and over-the-counter medication. In the right qualified surgical hands, recovery after liposuction is remarkably quick. Most patients are able to resume their regular activity within 48 hours after their surgery and can return to their work a couple of days after.

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Tummy tuck surgery is a more invasive procedure compared to lipo, therefore, a longer recovery period is expected and natural. Abdominoplasty is an outpatient procedure as well, and you will likely be able to go home the same day. However, a more extensive abdominoplasty may require an overnight stay at the hospital for safe monitoring.

Like any other cosmetic surgery, pain, bruising, and swelling are part of the tummy tuck recovery process. The expected soreness and discomfort will last about a week or so, with the worst of it being in the first three days following your abdominoplasty surgery. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe you some heavier medications to make the pain more manageable.

It takes about two to four weeks before you can resume your normal daily routine, and up to six weeks for the initial phase of the tummy tuck recovery period to pass. You will have several follow-up appointments to track how you’re healing. During this time, you should avoid and strenuous activity that may cause tension on your incisions and delay recovery.

Liposuction Vs Tummy Tuck – Results

Both procedures can achieve a flatter, tighter belly with relatively long-term results.


After your liposuction, you’ll enjoy a flatter stomach, and an overall better-proportioned midsection once your recovery period is over. Liposculpture removes your excess fat deposits, and the results are meant to be permanent. However, it’s crucial that you maintain a stable weight to make sure that your new and improved body contour looks its best. If you gain weight in the future, your fat will reaccumulate in other locations in your body, though not the areas that have been suctioned.

Tummy Tucks

The improvements made during your abdominoplasty procedure are meant to last. Your abdominal muscles will remain tight and firm, and any excess skin removed will not return unless a future pregnancy or weight fluctuations stretch out your abdominal area again. Therefore, it’s best to complete your family size and reach your target weight before scheduling your tummy tuck procedure.

Liposuction Vs Tummy Tuck – Risks and Complications

Any invasive surgical procedure, be it for cosmetic purposes or otherwise, has its set of possible risks and complications. Liposuction and abdominoplasty are no exception.

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Potential Risks and complications of Liposuction

The risk of complications after your lipo procedure increases if your plastic surgeon is operating on a larger area or performing liposuction as part of multiple procedures during the same surgery. Possible complications of liposuction may include:

  • Contour Irregularities: Uneven fat suctioning, poor skin quality, and unusual postoperative healing may make your skin appear bumpy and result in an irregular body contour.
  • Seromas: Are temporary pockets of white yellow fluid that can collect under your skin after surgery. They usually go away on their own if they are small in size, however, in some cases, your plastic surgeon may drain them with a needle.
  • Numbness: Liposuction involves heavy manipulation of tissue, and some nerves may be damaged in the process. The numbness that follows afterwards can take months to heal, and sometimes may be permanent.
  • Internal Puncture: This is a rare complication that can happen when the liposuction catheter injures an internal organ.
  • Fat Embolism: A very rare yet serious medical emergency. Fat embolism is a result of loosened pieces of fat breaking free during the procedure and lodging into a blood vessel.

Potential Risks and Complications of a Tummy Tuck

Studies have shown that tummy tuck surgeries are associated with higher complication rates than other less invasive cosmetic procedures. Here are some possible risks:

  • Fluid Accumulation: Seromas are also common in tummy tuck surgery. Your plastic surgeon may place drainage tubes at your surgical sites for a week to help reduce the risk of excess fluid accumulating beneath your skin.
  • Poor Healing: In some cases, your abdominoplasty surgical incisions may heal poorly and start to separate after your procedure. You will receive an antibiotic regimen to prevent any possible infection.
    • Abdominoplasty incisions during surgery are mindfully placed along your bikini line to remain hidden. Depending on the extent of your tummy tuck procedure, body’s response, and postoperative scar care routine, scarring may be unexpectedly noticeable.
  • Tissue Death: During your tummy tuck surgery, the blood supply to your abdominal tissue may be compromised, resulting in tissue damage and death. Smoking is a major risk factor for this particular complication and may triple its likelihood.
  • Altered Sensations: Abdominoplasty involves the repositioning of your abdominal tissue, and any nerves in that area may be damaged along the way. This can not only affect your abdominal area but may extend to your upper thighs. You’ll likely feel reduced sensations or numbness that may take months to heal.

Tummy Tuck VS Liposuction – Cost

It’s hard to put a price tag on any cosmetic procedure, be it liposculpture or abdominoplasty as everybody is different. Factors that affect pricing include but are not limited to:

  • Your plastic surgeon fees
  • The extent of your procedure
  • If it’s done in combination with other procedures (e.g., with breast lift surgery in Mummy make-over)
  • Hospital setting,
  • And your geographic location.

If done on its own, liposuction is decidedly more pocket-friendly than abdominoplasty. However, both liposculpture and tummy tuck patients are satisfied with their final results and find the cost very reasonable and well worth it.

Tummy Tuck VS Liposuction – Conclusion

Undergoing any type of cosmetic surgery is not a decision that should be taken lightly. And even though both liposuction and tummy tuck procedures aim to make your stomach look and feel tighter, and your body slimmer, they remain different in their patient criteria, recovery period, promised results, complications, and final cost.

Our Coco Ruby team of elite Melbourne-based plastic surgeons will guide you through the decision-making process of choosing between liposuction and abdominoplasty. They will give you their honest opinion, with your aesthetic concerns and well-being in mind. Together with our dedicated team, you’ll receive the best of what liposuction or tummy tuck has to offer.

FAQs – Other frequently asked questions about liposuction and tummy tuck:

What is more dangerous a liposuction or tummy tuck?

  • In the right set of surgical plastic surgeon hands, both liposuction and tummy tuck are safe surgeries that produce long-term natural-looking results.
  • The general consensus is that Abdominoplasty is more invasive and has a high risk of complications.

How much weight do you lose with liposuction and tummy tuck?

  • Although you can lose a considerable amount of weight after both liposculpture and abdominoplasty surgery, they are not a weight-loss tool.

Does liposuction leave loose skin?

  • While Liposuction removes a volume of excess fatty tissue beneath your skin, it does not cause sagging skin unless you have poor skin elasticity, to begin with.
  • If this is the case for you, you may benefit most from lipoabdominoplasty surgery instead.

Can tummy tuck get rid of my love handles?

A classic tummy tuck surgery involves the removal of excess skin and tightening of your abdominal muscles. This can draw your waist in and give you a slimmer abdomen, but on its own, it won’t rid of your love handles.

If you want to get rid of love handles you should consider an extended abdominoplasty as it targets your love handle area as well, or even lipoabdominoplasty.

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Is it better to get lipo or tummy tuck? ›

Which is Right For Me: a Tummy Tuck or Lipo? If loose skin is a concern for you, a tummy tuck will give you the best results. If you simply have small pockets of fat around your midsection that you'd like to address, liposuction is probably the best option for you.

Can liposuction give you a flat stomach? ›

Liposuction can reduce belly fat and slim your stomach better than any other procedure available (and better than any “one quick tip,” wrap, or waist trainer). Incorporate diet and exercise to take your results even further.

Does a tummy tuck make your stomach completely flat? ›

A tummy tuck can create a new, flat abdomen by removing extra fat. This can be a great, life-changing procedure if you've been carrying extra fat around your stomach area and can't get rid of it. However, it can only do so much in giving you a toned, contoured abdomen.

What is the best surgery to remove belly fat? ›

Liposuction is particularly effective at removing fat in the legs, abdomen, back, arms, face, and neck. It provides more dramatic results than other noninvasive fat reduction procedures, however, it has a longer recovery period (up to six weeks) and typically costs more than its nonsurgical counterparts.

How many sizes do you lose with a tummy tuck and liposuction? ›

You can generally expect to lose between two and three pants sizes following abdominoplasty. However, if you have a great deal of excess skin and you combine this procedure with liposuction, you may be able to lose four or more pants sizes.

Does fat come back after liposuction? ›

The results will be permanent since liposuction permanently removes fat cells from an area, and fat cells do not grow back or duplicate in the area where liposuction has been done.

What surgery gives you a flat stomach? ›

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove excess fat and excess skin. During the process, a surgeon makes a horizontal incision between the naval and public area around the “bikini area.” The surgeon removes excess fat and skin, then repairs the abdominal muscles and stitches them together.

Will my stomach sag after lipo? ›

You may also begin to notice loose skin in the areas treated with liposuction. This is normal and your skin will continue to tighten over the next 2-3 months.

How long after lipo will my stomach be flat? ›

You can expect to see the final results of your procedure after roughly one to three months post-op. Even though the excess fat cells are suctioned out of your body through a cannula at the time of your procedure, your skin needs time to adjust to your new contours.

Why isn't my tummy flat after tummy tuck? ›

Sometimes people do not have a totally flat abdomen after tummy tuck even though the excess skin and fat is removed due to the fact that the intra-abdominal contents still remain intact and are still behind the tightened abdominal muscles.

Can your stomach get fat again after a tummy tuck? ›

While minor weight fluctuations among adults are normal, significant weight gain (generally over ten pounds) after a tummy tuck can lead to the accumulation of excess fat in the stomach once again. In addition, stretch marks and loose skin may return, all of which can impact your tummy tuck results.

Can you still be fat after a tummy tuck? ›

Where do patients gain weight after a tummy tuck? During body contouring procedures like a tummy tuck, fat cells are eliminated from the body and cannot return. Because of this, patients may gain weight in other places like the buttocks, legs, arms, and breasts.

What is the safest procedure to get rid of belly fat? ›

Liposuction is one of the most popular fat removal procedures, and for good reason. Tumescent liposuction, the most common type, removes fat safely and effectively with relatively fast recovery for most patients. Other procedures are available to remove belly fat, too, that don't require anesthesia or incisions.

What is the safest stomach weight loss surgery? ›

The Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy is the most widely used, and safest, in the bariatric world. As with any major surgery, gastric bypass and other weight-loss surgeries pose potential health risks, both in the short term and long term.

Can you lose hanging belly fat without surgery? ›

Cardio such as swimming, aerobics, running or dancing will burn this excess fat store. HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) is the fastest way to trim down stomach fat.

Can you lose 20 pounds in a tummy tuck? ›

With the help of liposuction, you can safely have up to 11 pounds of abdominal fat removed. Combined with the two to 15 pounds you can lose from excess skin, you're looking at up to 28 pounds you can lose with abdominoplasty.

What happens if you lose 20 pounds after tummy tuck? ›

Weight Loss After a Tummy Tuck

For example, if someone who has had a tummy tuck loses ten, twenty, or even thirty pounds after their procedure, their skin may shrink nicely enough to maintain their tummy tuck results.

Can you lose 30 pounds with a tummy tuck? ›

Even though a tummy tuck is not a weight-loss procedure, you can expect to lose between three and five pounds of excess skin and fat depending on the scope of the procedure.

Will I look thinner after liposuction? ›

Liposuction surgery removes subcutaneous fat using a suction device. The surgery permanently gets rid of these fat cells. As a result, your figure will look slimmer and more contoured.

Why am I bigger after liposuction? ›

Patients often experience a rapid weight gain following the procedure as the body aims to recoup fat and the affected areas will fill with fluid that the body uses to heal.

How much does it cost to get a flat stomach? ›

Tummy tuck costs can range from $3,000 to $12,000, depending on factors such as your geographic location, the surgeon and the scope of the treatment involved in the surgery. Extended tummy tuck prices include liposuction and fall into the high-end of the cost range, with a price tag of $11,000 to $12,000.

What is a no cut tummy tuck? ›

A no-cut tummy tuck focuses on contouring the stomach and reducing fat through a combination of less invasive procedures, such as liposuction or CoolSculpting. The liposuction used in a no-cut tummy tuck can be the traditional variation that uses suction or can use laser liposuction devices.

What is the newest tummy tuck method? ›

The Hybrid Tummy Tuck® is a short incision procedure that tightens the entire abdominal fascia. Hybrid differs from a traditional tummy tuck in that the incision is very short. It is approximately the same as for a C-section rather than a hip-to-hip incision.

Why doesn't my stomach go flat after liposuction? ›

Liposuction techniques cannot access the visceral fat cells. Therefore, if you have deep fat cells around your internal organs, this will remain following your procedure. As a result, your stomach will not be flat even after liposuction.

Why do I have a FUPA after lipo? ›

When you have a liposuction procedure, your surgeon removes fat with a narrow cannula. This cannula creates tunnels underneath the skin which fills with fluid after the procedure. This fluid build-up contributes to swelling, as well as areas that may feel lumpy and bumpy.

Will my stomach stay hard after lipo? ›

One of the most common secondary effects of surgery is fibrosis. Many people notice it some weeks after the surgery or during the post-op. At first, you may feel some lumps on the scar tissue, then you will notice that they get thick and hard, and you may feel pain in the area.

How long will I be hard after lipo? ›

Lumps can feel hard for several weeks after a procedure, but eventually, they dissipate, and the skin returns to normal. Patients will start to see significant improvement in lumps three to four weeks after the procedure when the swelling has significantly subsided and the skin has fully conformed over the new contour.

Does a BBL give you a flat stomach? ›

For Miami, FL patients seeking a BBL with fat taken from the abdomen, the first step in this process is to define how much fat will be taken and transferred. The fat will be removed first using liposuction on the stomach. This process alone can leave you with a slimmer, flatter stomach, which is exciting in itself!

How long do you drain after lipo? ›

Once the sutures are ready to be removed (or dissolved in the case of absorbable sutures), the drains are removed, which usually happens around five to ten days after the operation. Bruising is common after liposuction, but this usually fades after a few days and swelling usually subsides within six months.

Why do I still have a pooch after tummy tuck? ›

The surgeon tightened the muscles optimally, but you were too active after surgery and stretched the muscles during repair, which resulted in the protrusion. Lie flat on your back. If the stomach is flat, re-tightening of the muscle surgically will help. If the stomach is protruding, you need to lose weight.

Can I push to poop after tummy tuck? ›

You may notice that your bowel movements are not regular right after your surgery. This is common. Try to avoid constipation and straining with bowel movements. You may want to take a fibre supplement every day.

Why do I have a pouch after tummy tuck? ›

Swelling after a Tummy Tuck Is Normal

In this area of the body, the blood vessels and lymphatic vessels work as a drainage system for fluids. During a tummy tuck, these vessels are cut. Because of this, the body removes fluid in the area a lot slower, resulting in fluid buildup known as edema or swelling.

Will skin tighten after tummy tuck? ›

Excess skin that is removed during tummy tuck surgery should not come back. However, body contouring procedures do not necessarily prevent unwanted changes in your appearance over time. For example, weight gain or pregnancy may cause the skin to stretch out again after a tummy tuck.

What is a 360 tummy tuck? ›

A tummy tuck 360 generally includes both tummy tuck (removal of excess skin and fat) along with liposuction of the flanks and back. Lipo 360 does not include the removal of excess skin from the front and only includes liposuction of the abdomen, hips, flanks, and back.

Do you lose inches with a tummy tuck? ›

A tummy tuck can produce dramatic results by eliminating inches around the waistline. It isn't uncommon for patients to lose several inches, helping them to go down in clothing sizes and appear firmer and thinner.

Will I have loose skin if I lose weight after tummy tuck? ›

Losing 5-10kg after a tummy tuck will not drastically affect your results. In fact, it may help the skin shrink comfortably around the abdominal area and enhance your new contours. However, losing more than this may result in loose and excess skin again after the surgery.

How fat is too fat for a tummy tuck? ›

If your body mass index (BMI) is more than 30, it will most likely be in your best interest to lose some weight before starting the tummy tuck process. Patients who are obese may have health issues that could disqualify them for elective surgery.

What is the riskiest weight loss surgery? ›

Risks: Because gastric bypass is more complicated, it's riskier. Infection and blood clots are risks, as they are with most surgeries. Also, you may get gallstones because of the rapid weight loss.

What is the most painless weight loss surgery? ›

Overview. Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is a newer type of minimally invasive weight-loss procedure. In endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, a suturing device is inserted into your throat and down to your stomach. The endoscopist then places sutures in your stomach to make it smaller.

What is the most low risk weight loss surgery? ›

The gastric sleeve, also called sleeve gastrectomy, is the most commonly performed bariatric surgery in the U.S. This may be because it's a relatively simple procedure that's safe to perform on most people with little risk of complications.

How much does it cost to get rid of hanging stomach? ›

The cost can range from $8,000 to $15,000, plus anesthesia and other extras. A tummy tuck is less expensive but is not covered by insurance.

What does apron belly look like? ›

What is an apron belly? Pregnancy, weight loss, and weight gain can cause you to have an excessive amount of fat, tissue, and skin hanging down from your abdomen. Called “apron belly” because it looks like you're wearing an apron around your waist, it can also be referred to as a pannus stomach.

What does a pannus stomach look like? ›

A pannus stomach or abdominal pannus is when excess skin and fat begin to hang down from the abdomen. It can occur following pregnancy or weight changes and can cause emotional distress. When skin and fat around the abdomen hang down, it can resemble an apron.

Is A tummy tuck more painful than lipo? ›

While pain tolerance can differ from individual to individual, patients often say the process of recovering from tummy tuck surgery is more painful than liposuction. While liposuction requires small incisions in the skin only, many tummy tuck techniques involve incisions that penetrate the muscle.

Is it easier to lose weight after a tummy tuck and lipo? ›

Whilst the removal of this can result in some loss of body mass, a tummy tuck is not a weight loss solution. In fact, removing excess skin can make it easier for patients to shed pounds and contour their bodies post-surgery.

How long does a tummy tuck and lipo last? ›

Tummy tuck results are considered permanent, insofar that the fat cells and skin removed during an abdominoplasty cannot grow back. Likewise, the internal sutures placed to repair abdominal muscles are designed to remain in place indefinitely.

How painful is a tummy tuck and lipo? ›

There will be some discomfort after a tummy tuck, with the worst discomfort experienced within the first week. On a scale of 1 – 10, pain is often estimated at around a 6-7 for the the first few days to a week, reducing to around a 3 – 4 in the second week. This would, of course, depend on the individual.

What body part is most painful to lipo? ›

Hip, flank and back liposuction may come with an increased level of discomfort for some people due to the nature of the treatment area and the healing process.

Does anyone regret having a tummy tuck? ›

Yes, it's normal to regret having cosmetic surgery due to the physical and emotional toll the procedure takes on your body. However, there are a few steps you can take to minimize these feelings of regret.

Will I look thinner after tummy tuck? ›

The tummy tuck is very useful when exercise and diet have failed to tighten the abdominal muscles. However, a tummy tuck is not really designed to make you look “thinner.” Rather, the tummy tuck improves the muscle profile of the abdomen, which in turn can have the effect of making you look more fit and toned.

Can I lose 30 pounds with liposuction? ›

The FDA has approved liposuction to remove up to 11 pounds of fat which is equivalent to five liters. Technically, you can lose a maximum amount of 11 pounds of fat post-op, but that isn't a standard that everyone who chooses this procedure should use as a standard.

What are the downsides to a tummy tuck? ›

Disadvantages of Tummy Tuck Surgery
  • Tummy tuck recovery takes some time. Patients can expect to return to work and light activities a few weeks after their tummy tuck. ...
  • There is a scar left by the procedure. We often say that a tummy tuck can eliminate a C-section scar. ...
  • A tummy tuck can be ruined.
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How many pounds is removed with tummy tuck and liposuction? ›

This safe, effective tummy tuck procedure can result in a weight loss ranging from two to 10 pounds depending on the scope. With liposuction, you may be able to lose closer to 15 pounds of excess fat and skin.

What's the most painful plastic surgery? ›

Many patients suggest that the Brazilian butt lift is the most painful surgery. This is followed by the tummy tuck, breast implants, liposuction, breast lifts and reductions, and jaw surgery. Dental implants can also cause much pain, as you still need to eat in the healing process.

What are the worst days after a tummy tuck? ›

The worst days after your tummy tuck will be the first one to three days. You may experience some discomfort, bloating, pressure, and swelling, but these symptoms are normal and will resolve themselves.

How soon after tummy tuck can I stand up straight? ›

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We recommend maintaining a 'hunched at the hips' standing position for at least 2 weeks, with most patients returning to their regular straightened posture within 2-3 weeks.


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