Tummy Tuck or Liposuction:
Which Cosmetic Surgery Is Right For You?
by Dr. Robert Backstein MD, FRCS(C)
A common misconception amongst patients considering cosmetic surgery of the
abdominal area is that the choice exists to have either a tummy tuck or liposuction
and that either of these two procedures will produce similar results. In most
cases, a patient is a far better candidate for either a tummy tuck or liposuction
and the procedures are not interchangeable.
The decision as to which plastic surgery procedure is best must be made in
conjunction with a qualified plastic surgeon but the following is a general
Typically, patients whose abdominal area has loose excess skin, or significant
stretch marks will need a tummy tuck and will not benefit from liposuction alone.
This is because liposuction is a procedure that only removes fat. Skin is essentially
unaffected. Therefore if there is substantial loose skin or stretch marks to
start with, liposuction will not remove any of the extra skin or any of the
stretch mark-bearing skin. Furthermore, liposuction in these circumstances can
actually worsen the problem by removing the "foundation" on which
the skin rests, i.e. the underlying fat thereby leaving even looser skin than
the patient started with.
Liposuction to the abdominal area is more appropriate in cases of younger
patients with firm, taut abdominal skin whose main problem is extra fat. In
these cases, skin reliably shrinks over the liposuctioned area and a great cosmetic
result can be obtained.
Remember that this is only a guideline. The ultimate decision as to which procedure(s)
is best for you should be made during a private consultation with a qualified
Dr. Robert Steven Backstein, MD, FRCS(C) is a fully qualified plastic
and cosmetic surgeon who holds a Fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons
Dr. Robert Backstein MD, FRCS(C)
4640 Jane Street, Suite 203 Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3N2K5
(416) 663-9649 Visit his website at www.cosmeticsurgerytoronto.com