Abdominal Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck By Michael A. Devlin, MD on July 31, 2022

Illustration of a midsection before and after a mini tummy tuckEven with a nutritious diet and daily exercise routine, it’s still possible to have extra fat and skin surrounding your midsection. If you’re looking to get rid of stubborn tissue around your waistline, then you might be considering abdominal liposuction or a custom tummy tuck.

Serving Little Rock, Conway, and Hot Springs, AR, Devlin Cosmetic Surgery is your premier location for body enhancement. From injectables to mommy makeovers, Dr. Michael Devlin offers custom solutions for every patient’s unique needs.

If you’re considering cosmetic enhancement, then you might be wondering what the difference is between abdominal liposuction vs tummy tuck. Here, Dr. Devlin and his team will discuss the differences between the two so that you can choose the right procedure for you and your goals.

What Is Abdominal Liposuction?

Liposuction is a procedure in which a qualified cosmetic surgeon removes excess fatty tissue from targeted areas with a cannula. Abdominal liposuction is, specifically, the removal of fat deposits around the hips and stomach.

Dr. Devlin begins the abdominal liposuction procedure by helping patients relax with anesthesia or oral sedatives. Then, he makes small incisions around the target areas. Dr. Devlin inserts a hollow tube into these small incisions, where he gently breaks down the fatty tissue before removing it with suction.

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure in which a skilled surgeon removes or adjusts several aspects of the midsection, such as:

  • Tightening lax abdominal muscles
  • Removing excess fat and skin
  • Slimming the waistline
  • Improving the appearance of belly buttons

A tummy tuck is a comprehensive procedure that may incorporate several cosmetic solutions at one time. The procedure is more invasive, which means that patients must receive anesthesia while undergoing a tummy tuck.

Which Is Right for Me?

Choosing the right procedure for you requires some consideration. Patients should weigh several factors about each procedure, including:

  • Desired results
  • Recovery time
  • Cost

Desired Results

When it comes to abdominal liposuction vs. tummy tuck, patients must consider their desired results. For example, targeted liposuction is better for patients who do not need to remove excess skin or tighten loose abdominal muscles. However, a personalized tummy tuck is the better option for patients with fatty deposits, loose skin, and lax abdominal muscles.

Recovery Time

Liposuction is a relatively simple outpatient procedure, which means that recovery time is minimal compared to a more invasive tummy tuck. In general, patients can expect approximately 10 days of recovery after abdominal liposuction, whereas a tummy tuck may require two to three weeks of recovery.


The American Society of Plastic Surgeons states that, on average, liposuction costs $3,637, compared to the $6,154 price tag of a custom tummy tuck. The price disparity is largely due to the scope and nature of the procedure, as a tummy tuck is more involved than liposuction.

Schedule a Consultation with Our Cosmetic Surgeon

When it comes to abdominal liposuction vs. tummy tuck, we can help you make the right choice for you and your aesthetic goals. Simply schedule your consultation by calling our cosmetic surgery office at (501) 227-8811 or contact our office online.

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Dr. Devlin is a cosmetic surgeon who provides each of his patients with personalized care and a compassionate approach. He offers a range of procedures in an environment where patients feel safe, comfortable, and heard. He is affiliated with organizations such as the:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (Fellow)
  • American Society of Cosmetic Breast Surgery
  • American Medical Association
  • Arkansas Medical Society
  • Pulaski County Medical Society

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