Difference Between Tummy Tucks, Liposuction, and CoolSculpting

The amount of plastic surgery options today can be very overwhelming for the average patient who is not familiar with all the new procedures available. In the case of removing unwanted fat, there are three main procedures that are offered: Tummy Tucks, Liposuction, and CoolSculpting. I’ll be going over the differences between each of these procedures and help decide which is best for your goals/expectations.

Tummy Tuck

The tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty is the most invasive out of the three procedures discussed in this article and can yield the most dramatic results. Due to the tummy tuck’s nature of ridding patients of extra skin, it is mostly focused on those who have lost a tremendous amount of weight, and women who have had children resulting in hanging excess skin. Also, during a tummy tuck it is possible to tighten the abdominal muscles to give the patient a stronger toned core. Recovery time is usually about two weeks before patients can return to their regular daily activities. If your situation is similar to those I have stated above, a tummy tuck may be right for you. A good place to find a tummy tuck surgeon is Tummy Tuck Finder.

Tummy Tuck Transformation
Tummy Tuck before and after.


While tummy tucks are suited only for the abdominal area, liposuction can remove fat deposits in the neck, chin, arms, buttocks, hips, thighs, abdomen, and even in the knees! Liposuction is less invasive than a tummy tuck and patients usually can return to their regular activities after a week of recovery. Results from liposuction are usually less dramatic than those of tummy tucks due to the less invasive nature of the procedure. If you have problem areas other than your abdomen, liposuction may be the perfect solution to your current problem.


CoolSculpting is a new revolutionary way to remove fat deposits in the body. It is completely non-invasive and works by freezing and eventually killing fat cells. This means that the skin and surrounding tissue of the problem area doesn’t get damaged or affected the same way it would in an invasive procedure. Patients only have to endure the problem area being a bit swollen. It is most commonly used for those who are in good shape other than a few common problem areas such as the midsection, flanks, hips, back, thighs, and beneath the chin. If this sounds like you, CoolSculpting would be a great fit!

If you have any questions about any of these three procedures, leave a comment below and I will get to you as quickly as I can.

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