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Liposuction Vs Tummy Tuck: Which One is Right for Me?

Liposuction vs tummy tuck: which one is right for me?

Liposuction and tummy tuck procedures are among the most preferred aesthetic procedures recently. These two procedures that offer excellent results are often confused. The main reason for this is that the way they are performed and the purposes of application are similar. However, there are big differences between these two procedures. These differences also highlight the difference in the purpose of the procedure. We have prepared for you “Liposuction Vs Tummy Tuck: Which One is Suitable for Me?” In our content, you will have detailed information about liposuction and tummy tuck procedures and you will be able to get more comfortable information about which procedure is more suitable for you. We wish you all pleasant reading and healthy days.

Application Regions

When we consider Tummy Tuck and liposuction procedures on the basis of application areas, you can observe that they have many different points. When we examine the regions of the tummy tuck procedure, we see that it generally targets the abdomen, waist and hip area. Because a lot of sagging can occur in the abdomen, waist and hip area. These sagging can only be removed with a tummy tuck operation. For this reason, we can say that tummy tuck surgery only targets the waist, belly and hip area. The liposuction procedure, on the other hand, has a wider area of operation. Since the liposuction process is more focused on fat removal, it helps to remove excess fat that causes discomfort at every point. For example; It is a procedure that covers many parts such as stomach, abdomen, thighs, hips, arms, legs and neck. For this reason, when we compare tummy tuck and liposuction, we can say that liposuction focuses on a larger area than tummy tuck. In short, if you want to get rid of excess skin in the abdomen, waist or hip area, tummy tuck; If you want to get rid of excess fat in the thigh, hip neck, stomach, arm or leg area, you should have liposuction.

Operation Process

When we consider tummy tuck surgery and liposuction surgery in terms of operation times, the operation processes of the two operations are quite different from each other. Because the purposes of the procedures vary within themselves. As we mentioned above, liposuction is a fat removal-oriented procedure, while tummy tuck is an operation focused on recovering excess skin. Therefore, we can explain the differences in the operation process as follows. In the tummy tuck operation, first, a horizontal incision is created between the groin line and the belly button. The length and depth of this incision varies according to the amount of excess skin. After these incisions, the abdominal skin is completely removed and the weakened abdominal muscles are repaired. A second incision is made around the navel to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen. Excess skin is also removed from the upper abdomen and the remaining skin is sewn together. Thus, the procedure ends. However, smaller and more invasive incisions are made in liposuction. These incisions are quite small in size, as they will be the size that the cannulas will pass through. Cannulas are passed through these incisions and fat removal begins. The extracted fat is then sucked out of the body with cannulas. After the procedure, the skins are sutured and the body is restored.


Another main difference between liposuction and tummy tuck is the type of anesthesia. While intravenous sedation or local anesthesia is usually applied in liposuction operation, general anesthesia is applied in tummy tuck procedure. This is because more detailed procedures are performed during the tummy tuck procedure. Liposuction surgery, on the other hand, is a shorter procedure with fewer procedures. For this reason, the anesthesia procedure differs in both surgeries. Of course, these anesthesia procedures are determined by your doctor after many analyzes.

Recovery Time

Liposuction vs tummy tuck: which one is right for me?

When we examine these procedures that offer effective results from each other in terms of recovery time, differences come to the fore again. Because the tummy tuck procedure directly targets excess skin, more incisions are made. Since the abdominal muscles are also strengthened with this procedure, the healing process can take up to 6 months. However, this situation is different in liposuction. Because in the lipo procedure, the incisions are as small as possible, since the incisions are formed in the size that the cannulas will pass through. The healing process takes 6 weeks due to the size of the incisions. Considering the healing times of both operations, we can say that the healing process of the liposuction operation is shorter than the tummy tuck operation.

Possible outcomes

The most obvious difference between Tummy Tuck and liposuction is undoubtedly the results. Since the liposuction procedure involves a small amount of stretched skin, there is not much sagging or tension when fat is removed from the abdomen or other areas. The results look as natural as possible. However, since there is a lot of sagging skin and fat in the tummy tuck procedure, after the excess skin and fat are removed, there is inevitably a lot of tension in the abdomen. This causes a visible difference from the outside. In addition, since a lot of stitches are stitched immediately after liposuction, postoperative stitches are more noticeable in the Tummy tuck operation. This situation is more minimal in liposuction surgery. Postoperative stitch visibility is less.


When the amount of scars in both procedures is compared, tummy tuck scars are slightly higher. Because more incisions are made during the operation, more scars occur. In the liposuction procedure, on the other hand, since fewer incisions are made, a smaller amount of scarring occurs. Whether the scars are more or less is completely related to the number and depth of the incisions.


When we evaluate both procedures in terms of advantages, both tummy tuck surgery and lipo surgery are very advantageous procedures. For example, while liposuction gets rid of excess fat, tummy tuck surgery provides the advantage of getting rid of excess skin directly. Therefore, both are advantageous procedures with different results.


Liposuction vs tummy tuck: which one is right for me?

When we compare the prices of tummy tuck and liposuction, we can say that the prices differ. The main reason for this is that tummy tuck is a more detailed procedure. In the tummy tuck operation, tummy tuck prices may be higher because it focuses on excess skin and abdominal muscles. Since liposuction is a direct fat removal-oriented procedure, it is more affordable compared to the price of tummy tuck procedure. While liposuction prices in Turkey are on average, 2450$ – 2600$ tummy tuck prices in Turkey are 3.400$ -4.500$.

Process Persistence

When the permanence of Tummy Tuck and liposuction procedures are compared, the permanence of both varies according to the lifestyle, nutrition and diet routines of the person. For this reason, it is wrong to give precise information on this subject. If the person takes all the warnings and recommendations into consideration, permanence is ensured in both procedures.

Should I Have Liposuction or Tummy Tuck? Which One Is Better For Me?

Liposuction vs tummy tuck: which one is right for me?

To give a clear answer to the question “Should I have Liposuction or Tummy Tuck?”, which is one of the questions that many people wonder, we can summarize this issue as follows. First of all, your doctor should listen and analyze your wishes and needs well and decide on the procedure to be performed. But in general, if you complain of disproportionate and excess fat in your abdomen or any other area, it would be more correct to have liposuction operation. However, if you are complaining about sagging skin in your abdomen, waist and hip area, you should definitely have a tummy tuck.

In addition, if you are satisfied with the tightness of your abdominal area, it would be logical to have lipo surgery if you only complain about fat. However, if you are not satisfied with the tightness of your abdominal area and your abdominal muscles are looser, tummy tuck should be applied. In addition, if you have recently given birth or are a more mature individual, tummy tuck should be applied because there may be sagging skin. However, if you have not yet given birth and are a younger person, liposuction procedure should be applied.

Finally, if you are complaining of problems in areas such as legs, neck, abdomen, arms, thighs, lipo procedure solves these problems quickly and easily. Tummy Tuck is more effective in the abdomen, waist and hips, so if you have problems in these areas, you should apply tummy tuck.

Liposuction Tummy Tuck
Skin tightening is achieved
Muscles are made firmer
Applied after pregnancy
Shorter recovery period
It is done when you have excess skin
Applied to all areas
Applied to specific areas
Body fat is targeted
Sagging skin on the body is targeted

In order to understand the differences of tummy tuck procedures in Turkey and liposuction procedures in Turkey in more detail, you can review our related pages.

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Oswald jameson
Oswald jameson
7 months ago

I am looking to get either liposuction or tummy tuck done

TAS Team
TAS Team
6 months ago
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Hello Oswald,

We are looking forward to see you soon

Best Regards
Tas Team

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