The answer depends on your starting point and your goals.
If all that you have is a little extra fluff you want to dump, say around your belly button or just above your backside, Louisville Liposuction is the answer.
If you have a lot of skin excess, stretch marks, extra fluff, and generalized laxity of the abdominal wall, a Louisville Tummy Tuck is the answer.
First, you should read my previous blog on abdominal wall laxity http://www.louisvillecosmeticsurgeryblog.com/?p=94
Liposuction is a great tool to decrease the amount of fat on the front of the tummy, hips, and flanks. But, it has no effect on abdominal muscular laxity and mild to moderate skin tightening abilities. So, if all you care about is decreasing the fat, this is a good choice. If you are bothered by loose skin, have a muffin top with certain clothes, or hate the laxity, you need to consider a tummy tuck.
Tummy Tucks are bigger operations but they also give a bigger result. This operation allows us to tighten your tummy muscles back up, de-fat the area, and remove the loose skin. The results are usually very dramatic.
So, my advice is to be very honest with yourself when you choose your procedure. If you really need a tummy tuck and try to get those results with Liposuction alone, you are going to be disappointed.
Lee Corbett, MD
All posts on this blog are authored by Louisville, Kentucky cosmetic surgeon Dr. Lee Corbett.