Abdominal Liposuction or Tummy Tuck?

body contouring grand rapids miUnlike the chicken-or-the-egg dilemma, there’s nothing to be confused about in choosing between a tummy tuck and abdominal liposuction. At Elite Plastic Surgery, both procedures can help shape and sculpt the abdominal area. However, the method the two procedures use to achieve the same goal is quite different.


As the most popular surgical cosmetic procedure in the country, liposuction targets excess pockets of fat such as love handles, spare tires, and muffin tops. The ideal liposuction candidate should be within his or her ideal body weight and have tried both diet and exercise to get rid of stubborn areas of fat.

Tummy tuck

Unlike liposuction, a tummy tuck doesn’t help remove abdominal fat but rather improves the appearance of the midsection by removing loose, hanging abdominal skin and tightening the abdominal muscles for a well-contoured abdomen.

Can I choose both?

The good news is you can have the best of both worlds! If you have issues with both excess fat and skin laxity in the abdominal area, the surgeons at Elite can perform both liposuction and a tummy tuck as part of your body-contouring plan. Our team’s in-depth knowledge and first-hand experience with body-contouring procedures makes Elite the perfect option to help you achieve the stomach you’ve been wanting.

Body contouring and weight loss

It is important to note that both liposuction and a tummy tuck are not meant to be weight loss panaceas. Patients need to be at or near their ideal body weight to qualify for these procedures at Elite Plastic Surgery. If excessive weight is the concern, bariatric surgery is the ideal type of procedure (we do not perform bariatric surgery).

Similarly, body-contouring surgery doesn’t guarantee against future weight gains. Lifestyle changes to maintain your results long term should be your goal.

Call us at (616) 459-1907 and let’s discuss your body contouring options.

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