¿Do you know the Difference between Abdominoplasty and Liposuction?

When looking for improvements in the aesthetics of our body, without a doubt that the appearance of the abdomen plays a crucial role. Not only does it help us to obtain a healthy appearance, but it also contributes to increasing the attractiveness of our silhouette.

By Lefny Díaz


In the world of cosmetic surgery there are different treatments when working on the appearance of the abdomen. The most common are Liposuction and Abdominoplasty, recognized for their good results and low risk rates.


As its name implies, liposuction consists of the extraction of fat in certain parts of the body. It is not a procedure specifically indicated for the abdomen, since it can also be carried out on the legs, hips, buttocks, etc.

In other words, it is a technique that allows the cosmetic surgeon to reshape the figure of a person according to their needs and preferences.

Contrary to what many people believe, this procedure has nothing to do with obesity or being overweight. Through this intervention, control over the mass of the person is not achieved, but the fat accumulated in certain areas is simply eliminated.

To achieve this, a cannula is used, which is connected to an extractor machine that sucks the adipose tissue.

In the world of cosmetic surgery, liposuction is the second most requested intervention after breast augmentation. The procedure lasts between 1 and 4 hours depending on the areas to be worked on and the amount of fat in the patient.

Liposuction is usually associated with the abdomen because it is one of the parts of the body with the greatest accumulation of fat. Fortunately for patients, this procedure does not leave any type of scar.


Unlike liposuction, abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgery technique that is carried out specifically on the abdomen of people.

It consists of one of the most complex procedures and requires advanced medical technology. Its main purpose is to restore to this area of ​​the body the strength and firmness lost over time and the inevitable weakening of the tissues.

Women who have had pregnancies or who have suffered an increase in the elasticity of the skin typical of aging usually undergo this intervention.

The main action of the surgeon in charge will be to strengthen the components of the abdomen. For this, it will remove excess skin and tighten the muscles, providing a much healthier and more attractive appearance of the area.

This intervention lasts between 2 and 4 hours depending on the conditions of each patient. It is carried out through an incision in the upper abdomen, through which the surgeon performs the necessary actions.

Despite leaving a slight scar, it is totally invisible thanks to its strategic location.

A trend in the world of cosmetic surgery is to combine both procedures in order to achieve optimal and long-lasting results. In any case, before making any decision, we recommend that you consult with a specialist and determine the needs and options that your case presents.


“Many people look for interventions that deliver quick and effective solutions, eliminating excess fat and combating excessive skin elasticity.”

In cases where weight loss has not been very important and there is no excess skin or stretch marks and the abdominal walls are not distended, liposuction will be enough to locally correct excess fat and shape the figure.
If, on the contrary, there is an excess of skin and stretch marks, a tummy tuck will be the most indicated to remove the skin between the navel and the pubis, which depending on the excess can be 10, 15, 20 or more. With the help of surgery, the muscles that, over the years and weight changes, have become distended, forming a kind of inner corset joining the muscles from above the navel to the pubis, thus obtaining a tighter abdomen and flatter.

In some cases, a moderate liposuction on the abdomen and hips may be done in conjunction with abdominoplasty, depending on the surgeon’s assessment, the amount of fat to be removed and the risks involved.
In cases where there is not an excessive amount of skin and it is located below the navel, a mini-tummy tuck may be performed, where it will not be necessary to reposition the navel.

Together with my team I can solve all the doubts that you may have in this regard if you have already decided to carry out any of these procedures with the specialist of your preference that appears on my web portal in the doctors section, they can make you a personalized diagnosis with only complete the form. Always remember to look for a certified medical professional with the credentials corresponding to the specialty of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery and that the treatment is performed in a clinic that has the necessary security.

We will be happy to assist and advise you.

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