Liposuction and abdominoplasty are both cosmetic procedures that can help improve abdominal contours, but many patients in Tampa, FL, and surrounding areas are often confused regarding the differences between the two.

Liposuction, or lipo, is a targeted surgical procedure that removes fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. An abdominal lipo procedure involves small incisions in the abdomen through which a hollow tube (cannula) is inserted. The cannula is then manually moved back and forth to loosen fat cells before they are suctioned out of the body.

Compared to liposuction, an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is a more invasive surgical procedure. Instead of removing recalcitrant fat, this procedure addresses lax abdominal muscles and loose, excess skin that can result from a significant weight loss or pregnancy. A traditional, full tummy tuck requires a horizontal incision across the lower abdomen between the hip bones; another incision surrounding the naval may be necessary if the belly button requires repositioning. The underlying stomach muscles are then pulled taut and excess skin is removed to create a sleek, contoured abdomen.

Patients in Tampa should know that although liposuction and abdominoplasty are two separate procedures, they are not mutually exclusive. In fact, a surgeon may perform liposuction on a patient’s abdomen and flanks prior to performing a tummy tuck.

Many residents of Tampa, Florida, who are seeking an experienced and highly skilled plastic surgeon to perform abdominal contouring procedures turn to Board Certified Dr. Daniel Greenwald of Bayshore Plastic Surgery. Dr. Greenwald is one of the leading plastic surgeons in the Tampa Bay area and can determine whether liposuction, abdominoplasty, or a combination of procedures can best help a patient achieve his or her aesthetic goals.

Contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery at 888-840-3199 to learn more.