Sometimes a healthy diet and exercise routine just isn’t enough to help you achieve your goals to have a flat and toned stomach as quickly as you would like.

This is especially true if you’ve recently been pregnant or have undergone significant weight loss. Sometimes, no matter how much you exercise and eat healthy, you can’t improve the contours of the stomach. This is because abdominal wall has been damaged due to pregnancy or there’s excess loose skin due to extreme weight loss.

That’s why many patients wonder if they should turn to liposuction, a tummy tuck, or both surgical procedures to help get that smooth and flat tummy. Wondering which one is right for you? Take a look.

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that’s designed to remove excess fat from any area of the body that’s prone to fat storage. Today’s technologies have made it possible for liposuction to be performed on a variety of body areas like the stomach, arms, and even underneath the chin. Recovery from liposuction usually takes about a week; patients typically see final results within three to six months after the procedure.

You may benefit more from liposuction if you have excess fat that won’t respond to diet and exercise. You should have good skin laxity as liposuction won’t remove excess skin. The best candidates are within 30 pounds of their ideal weight.


Tummy Tuck: A tummy tuck procedure – also known as an abdominoplasty –flattens the abdomen by removing extra fat and skin, and tightening muscles in your abdominal wall. A tummy tuck results in a smoother, flat-looking appearance which is key for patients who just can’t seem to get rid of a stomach pooch. An abdominoplasty also removes any excess skin that’s created after the abdominal walls have been repaired.

You may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck procedure if you’ve been unable to achieve a flatter stomach as a result of pregnancy. Typically, a tummy tuck doesn’t remove excess fat from the stomach area.


Wondering if you need both? Your cosmetic surgeon may perform both procedures if excess body fat prevents you from showing off the results of your tummy tuck.

Want to see if you’re an ideal candidate for liposuction, a tummy tuck, or both? Contact Surgical Arts of Virginia to schedule your consultation by calling 540-371-7372 or visit our contact us page.