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It can sometimes be very difficult for the abdominal region to have a flat, smooth, and tight appearance. Diet and exercise may not be sufficient for losing weight and shaping this area. In such cases, you can prefer surgical techniques such as tummy tuck and liposuction, which are developed to get rid of sagging and shape the related area. Although these procedures target the same area, there are some important differences between them.

Which of the tummy tuck and lipo options is more suitable for you? Learn about the cost, scarring, recovery time, and results of each.

[vc_toggle title=”What is Tummy Tuck?” custom_font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30|text_align:left|color:%232d7bbf” custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Anton%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” custom_css_animation=”fadeInDown” use_custom_heading=”true”]The tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a procedure in which sagging skin is removed to make the abdomen look tighter and flatter. It is also an effective procedure for repairing weakened and stretched abdominal muscles.

Due to rapid weight loss, pregnancy, aging, and similar reasons, skin sagging and stretched skin flaps may occur in the abdomen. In such cases, one of the best and most effective solutions is tummy tuck surgery.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”What is Liposuction?” custom_font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30|text_align:left|color:%232d7bbf” custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Anton%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” custom_css_animation=”fadeInDown” use_custom_heading=”true”]Liposuction, which is a minimally invasive surgical procedure, is a method that effectively removes persistent and stubborn fat from the body. Despite regular exercise and a healthy diet, you may not be able to burn fat in certain parts of your body. Liposuction gives effective results for an area with stubborn fat such as the tummy.

Liposuction is not a procedure for losing weight. There is shaping on its basis. However, it is an extremely effective solution for reducing the fat deposits that form around the tummy and that are resistant to exercise.

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Tummy Tuck vs Liposuction

Tummy tuck and liposuction are two different procedures that are intensively preferred today and aim to shape the body. Although their basic objectives may seem similar, there are some major differences between them. Once these differences are known, you can easily decide which procedure is more suitable for you.

[vc_toggle title=”Performance Stages” custom_font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:25|text_align:left|color:%2328a0a0″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Anton%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” custom_css_animation=”fadeInDown” use_custom_heading=”true”]Liposuction: The main purpose of liposuction is to remove stubborn fat from different parts of the body. This procedure is usually applied to areas such as the buttocks, thighs, neck, and tummy. The steps of the procedure are summarized as follows:
  • Small incisions are formed in the area where the fat will be removed.
  • Then, small and thin tubes called cannulas are inserted into these incisions.
  • Then, the fat is removed by using cannulas with the help of a special aspirator device.

Tummy Tuck: The procedure has different types within itself. They are all performed under general anesthesia unless the patient has a special condition.

  • An incision is formed in the determined area after anesthesia.
  • After this stage, excess fat and skin are removed.
  • Necessary procedures are performed to strengthen the weakened abdominal muscles in this region.
  • Finally, after the desired tightness is achieved in the abdomen, the incision is closed and the procedure is completed.

* You can examine the stages of the tummy tuck procedure in more detail in the Infographic below:

Abdominoplasty Procedure Steps Infographic[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Cost” custom_font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:25|text_align:left|color:%2328a0a0″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Anton%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” custom_css_animation=”fadeInDown” use_custom_heading=”true”]Liposuction: It changes from $4,000 to $8,000. It would not be wrong to say that the average cost is $6,000. However, the figures may differ depending on the operation to be performed.

* Check out our liposuction page for better quality healthcare and much more affordable prices in Turkey.

Tummy Tuck: It has a cost that changes between $6,000 and $10,000. The average cost is around $8,000. The amounts are likely to be higher in places like European countries and the USA.

* Check out our tummy tuck page for better quality healthcare and much more affordable prices in Turkey.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Recovery Time” custom_font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:25|text_align:left|color:%2328a0a0″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Anton%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” custom_css_animation=”fadeInDown” use_custom_heading=”true”]Liposuction: Patients who rest at home for the first 2 days after the surgery can return to work and start light exercises with the approval of their doctor. After 2-3 weeks, one can start doing other exercises as well.

Tummy Tuck: One has to get 2-3 weeks off and even light exercise should not be done. After this period, one can return to work and start light exercises. After 2-3 months, normal exercises can also be done.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Benefits” custom_font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:25|text_align:left|color:%2328a0a0″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Anton%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” custom_css_animation=”fadeInDown” use_custom_heading=”true”]Liposuction: It provides the removal of fat from the related area and shapes that area.

Tummy Tuck: It provides removal of excess skin and repair of abdominal muscles.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Ideal Candidates” custom_font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:25|text_align:left|color:%2328a0a0″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Anton%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” custom_css_animation=”fadeInDown” use_custom_heading=”true”]Liposuction: It is a suitable method for those who are in good general health, at or close to their ideal weight, who do not smoke, who have good skin elasticity, and who do not have sagging skin in the abdomen.

Tummy Tuck: It is an ideal procedure for those who are in good general health, do not consider pregnancy, and have sagging skin in the abdominal area.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”General Comparison” custom_font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:25|text_align:left|color:%2328a0a0″ custom_google_fonts=”font_family:Anton%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” custom_css_animation=”fadeInDown” use_custom_heading=”true”]

  • Liposuction: Low Invasive & High Impact

Apart from tummy tuck surgery, liposuction is the most effective method that can be preferred to get rid of fat in the abdominal region and shape this area. It can provide the removal of stubborn fat deposits with a single session.

This method, which has high success in removing abdominal fat, can also be applied to areas such as arms, buttocks, back, and thighs. However, it should not be forgotten that the relevant procedure only removes fat, but does not tighten the skin.

Liposuction is a surgical procedure and therefore requires a recovery period. However, it can be stated that it is a method that is much easier and has a shorter recovery time compared to a tummy tuck. Patients can return to work just a few days after the operation. Swelling and bruises are completely gone in 2-3 weeks.

  • Tummy Tuck: Removal of Fat and Sagging Skin

Although liposuction is an effective method, it does not provide the desired effect for some patients. For such situations, a tummy tuck may be a better choice. A tummy tuck is a more invasive procedure than liposuction. However, it provides removal of excess skin in the abdomen and tightening of the muscles.

It involves removing excess fat and sagging skin from the lower and middle abdominal region. It tightens the abdominal muscles and thus significantly reduces abdominal bloating. For the procedure, a large horizontal incision is formed just above the groin. After recovery, this incision leaves a light scar, but since it is in the bikini area, it can be easily hidden. Recovery time is longer than liposuction.

Although the recovery period varies from patient to patient, it can take weeks and sometimes months. A period of 4 months is needed for the swelling to completely disappear. This period is slightly shorter in those with good abdominal muscles and high general body resistance. In this period, it is necessary to be patient and act under the doctor’s instructions. The resulting scar will not be seen from the outside, as it will remain under swimsuits and similar clothes. Besides, its visibility will decrease over time.[/vc_toggle]

Can Liposuction and Tummy Tuck Be Performed Together?

Although tummy tuck and liposuction are two very effective separate procedures, in some patients it is possible to use them simultaneously. Excess skin is removed with the tummy tuck, and the body is effectively shaped with liposuction. Thus, the result will meet the expectations at the maximum level.

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At COSMETICIUM, every year we host many patients who come to our clinic to have only one or both of these procedures. Thanks to our experience and expertise, we achieve a high success rate and ensure that our patients leave our clinic happily. You can contact us now to benefit from such special procedures and to have the body you want.

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