Liposuction or a Tummy Tuck: Which is Right for You?

If you wish your midsection was slimmer, tighter, and firmer, you’re not alone. Many adults find it difficult to keep their abdomen as trim and toned as they’d like as the years go by.

While no amount of diet and exercise can melt away persistent belly flab, get rid of excess skin, or help you erase stretch marks, there is a way to get the firm, flat midsection you’re after. 

Here at Desired Beauty Surgical & Medical Center, board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Farzin Kerendian specializes in helping people achieve firm, perfectly proportioned midsections through liposuction, tummy tuck surgery, or both. 

Understanding how these popular surgical solutions address common midsection problems can help you determine which procedure is best for you. Here’s what you should know.

Define your midsection problem

Midsection fat can be notoriously stubborn and hard to tackle, especially when postpartum body changes, shifting hormones, and age-related muscle loss accelerate and even compound the so-called “middle-age spread.”

Your midsection can undergo dramatic changes in life, particularly if you’ve ever been pregnant or experienced a significant weight loss. 


During pregnancy, your abdomen expands quickly to accommodate your growing baby. On top of testing the limits of your skin’s elasticity, this extreme midsection spread can separate your abdominal wall and leave you with a weaker core. 

Weight loss

When you lose a considerable amount of weight — whether it’s post-baby weight or the extra pounds you’ve carried around for years — you may be left with loose, flabby skin or unsightly stretch marks that detract from your slimmer, trimmer profile. 


Even if you’ve always maintained a healthy body weight, simply getting older can make your midsection look looser and flabbier than it once was. Age-related hormonal changes can lead to reduced muscle tone as well as lower levels of collagen and elastin, the main proteins that give your skin its strength and structure. 

Restore a tighter abdomen

Tummy tuck surgery, also called abdominoplasty, is a straightforward cosmetic procedure designed to restore a smooth, firm midsection profile. We achieve that by trimming away excess skin, eliminating stretch marks, removing small pockets of persistent fat, and restoring a separated abdominal wall, when necessary. 

A tummy tuck is an ideal solution for anyone who has a small amount of persistent belly fat along with excess abdominal skin and/or unwanted stretch marks. The end result? A firmer and more toned midsection with tighter, smooth skin.

Get rid of persistent fat 

If you’ve worked hard to reach your target body weight only to be plagued by stubborn pockets of diet-and-exercise-resistant tummy fat, liposuction may be the best solution for you.

Unlike a tummy tuck, liposuction doesn’t target loose skin or stretch marks. It simply takes care of persistent areas of fat that are hiding the body shape you’ve worked so hard to attain or maintain. 

Liposuction uses small, discreet incisions and a slender cannula to gently extract excess belly fat and shape your midsection. If you don’t have loose skin or stretch marks, liposuction may be all it takes to restore a slimmer, trimmer abdominal profile.

Take a comprehensive approach

Depending on the current status of your midsection and your personal aesthetic goals, Dr. Kerendian may advise you to have a tummy tuck, liposuction, or a combined procedure that includes both. 

It can be difficult to predict how your skin will resettle after liposuction. It may contract to fit your thinner profile, or it may remain somewhat lax. If your skin has a low degree of elasticity, Dr. Kerendian may recommend liposuction along with a minor tummy tuck to ensure optimal results. 

Likewise, Dr. Kerendian may recommend a tummy tuck with targeted liposuction if loose skin, stretch marks, and abdominal separation are your primary concerns, but you also have areas of unwanted fat.

If you’re ready to unveil your best midsection, we can help. Call your nearest Desired Beauty Surgical & Medical Center in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, or Bakersfield, California, or click the “book online” button to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kerendian.

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