Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction vs. SculpSure®: What Is the Best Way to Get a Tighter Tummy?

woman in blue bathing suit holding her tummy

A tight, fit, sculpted midsection is universally attractive among both men and women, but it’s unfortunately also one of the trickiest features to achieve. Between weight fluctuations, pregnancy, aging, and more, most people face some sort of concern that keeps them from feeling fully confident in their abdomen.

If you’re considering a contouring surgery such as a tummy tuck in Westchester or Long Island, New York, you may be surprised just how many options you have for achieving a waistline you love.

In this blog post, we’ll compare 3 popular abdominal contouring approaches to give you a bit of insight into which avenue may be the best fit for you.

Best for Skin & Muscle Tightening: Tummy Tuck

This popular surgery removes loose skin and repairs weakened muscles that are common after pregnancy or weight loss.

Candidates: A tummy tuck is an ideal treatment if your primary concerns are excess skin and “pooches” caused by separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti). If you have recently lost weight or had a child and are bothered by drooping skin on your tummy, this may be your best solution.

Recovery: Recovery takes 1 to 2 weeks, and you’ll need a few weeks beyond that to fully resume vigorous workouts and abdominal exercises.

Best for Fat Reduction: Liposuction

Liposuction removes stubborn subcutaneous belly fat and sculpts attractive contours in the abdomen.

Candidates: This is an ideal treatment if your primary concern is fat on and around your midsection, including the tummy, flanks, bra bulge, and back. It’s a helpful choice if you have a bump or 2 that just won’t go away no matter how hard you work at the gym.

Recovery: Recovery typically takes about a week, but you may be back on your feet a bit sooner.

Best for Quick Recovery: SculpSure

SculpSure is a nonsurgical, noninvasive body contouring option that melts away fat with controlled heating. (Learn more about it in this previous blog post.)

Candidates: This approach is ideal if you have localized, moderately sized pockets of abdominal fat and don’t want to undergo surgery. You’re OK with trading off the more dramatic results of liposuction for less invasiveness and a faster recovery.

Recovery: Recovery is immediate. You can return to your usual daily routine right away.

Best for Customized Results: A Combined Procedure

Combining a tummy tuck with liposuction is often the best way to fully sculpt your abdomen and achieve a midsection you can flaunt with confidence. This combination addresses loose skin, diastasis recti, and stubborn fat all at once, giving Dr. Newman the freedom to create the best possible result for your body shape and goals.

Don’t feel you have to choose the right approach on your own. Your first step is to schedule a private consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Newman to formulate a personalized treatment plan that suits you perfectly.

To see examples of what is possible with abdominal contouring, visit our tummy tuck before-and-after photo gallery.

Interested in discussing your goals with a plastic surgeon in Westchester, Long Island, or Manhattan, NY? Please contact us online or call (914) 423-9000 (Westchester), (516) 882-1020 (Long Island), or (212) 472-6100 (Manhattan).

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