Tummy Tuck or Liposuction? Or maybe a combination of the procedures? Which one will give you the flat stomach and beach-ready body? Here is a short compendium on qualifications for abdominal improvement procedures in liposuction new york. We will answer the most frequently asked question: can you get a flat stomach with liposuction?

Many patients that come to our clinic often ask about the best method to deal with the unappealing belly. Multiple pregnancies can take a toll on our bodies’ transformation in the most unexpected ways. While we will attempt to answer that question, the most definitive answer can only be given during a face-to-face consultation in our practice. A thorough assessment of your body composition will provide us with the possibilities and indications for a given method. 


Whenever we talk about liposuction, we always mention that it is not a weight-loss method but rather a body contouring approach. It allows for the removal of localized excess fat, such as the abdomen, chin, waist, inner or outer thighs. Usually, liposuction is performed under local or intravenous anesthesia, enabling the patient to go home the same day. After the procedure, tiny scars may remain, becoming virtually invisible with time. Usually, the recovery period does not exceed a few days, with swelling and bruising staying for up to two weeks, and the post-treatment pain is comparable to the annoyance of bruising after a fall.

Depending on the liposuction method and the patient’s age, we can perform tumescent liposuction, smart lipo, or lipo 360 – all innovative treatments of body enhancement and contouring. Smart Lipo is laser liposuction with simultaneous skin shrinkage, giving the effects of fat removal and skin tightening all at the same time. However, tightening the large excess of loose skin that remains after liposuction may not be achievable even with laser beams and requires additional surgical correction. The solution to that problem is abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as Tummy Tuck.


Abdominoplasty, or Tummy Tuck, is performed when the abdominal tissues are very flabby when there is virtually no chance of skin tightening with a laser. Tummy Tuck can simultaneously correct other postoperative scars and treat hernias. Since cuts are made in the suprapubic area and around the navel, the flap is dissected, and excess skin with adherent fatty tissue is removed from the lower abdomen—horizontal scar forms in the lower abdomen that is usually easy to hide with underwear. Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia with a more demanding recovery time than in the case of liposuction. All efforts, such as strength training, lifting, and other strenuous activities should be avoided for the next several weeks after the surgery.

As you can see, both methods of abdominal correction aim at the same effect – a beautiful and flat stomach. However, each of them enables the reduction and improvement of slightly different defects. In many cases, Tummy Tuck is combined with liposuction, which indeed gives spectacular results. Because neither one of them is designed for weight loss, proper nutrition, regular exercise, and regulating all issues related to hormones and metabolism is essential before the procedures so you can enjoy the beautiful body and… health for as long as possible.

What are the effects of the combo treatment?

Liposuction and Tummy Tuck allow you to achieve excellent visual effects – a noticeable improvement in the appearance of the abdomen and consequently the entire silhouette. After the procedure, patients experience a significant boost in confidence, life satisfaction, and joy, becoming more active in both their social and professional lives.

Although plastic surgery brings immediate results, every patient should be aware that further abdominal modeling is possible only with incorporating the proper diet and regular exercise.

When are the effects of liposuction and Tummy Tuck visible?

Abdominoplasty combined with liposuction is a highly effective method of body contouring. Unfortunately, like any surgical procedure, the combination of liposuction and Tummy Tuck is often associated with a lengthy recovery period. The final effects will be noticeable only after the wounds are completely healed.

Can I get a flat stomach with liposuction only?

While the most appropriate answer to this question would be “it depends,” liposuction alone can undoubtedly give you a flat belly. Laser liposuction, or Smart Lipo, can be particularly helpful in reducing fat while promoting skin tightening at the same time, providing life-changing results. The beauty of liposuction in the abdominal area lies in sculpting and shaping your belly without intruding on the aesthetically pleasing curves in the rest of your body.

Every one of us has some amount of subcutaneous and visceral fat, and how much exactly depends on many factors, including genetic predispositions, nutrition habits, age, and physical activity. Subcutaneous fat is the target of liposuction – pinch your stomach, and you can feel how much of that fat is present in your abdomen. Visceral fat lies inside your abdomen cavity and can only be eliminated through proper exercise and diet. For those reasons, rigorous physical activity and adequate nutrition are sometimes unable to combat the unappealing belly that forms due to the subcutaneous fat. Liposuction is often the only solution to a flat stomach.

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