David Amron, MD: It many times comes in terms of, do I need a tummy tuck
procedure or do I need liposuction. Let my start by saying I'm a
liposuction specialist. I focus on this procedure, I don't do tummy tuck
procedures, which is also known as abdominoplasty, but I understand the
procedures very well.

An abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a cutting and sewing procedure were
you're cutting at the skin, you're pulling things down tight. You're
many times surgically tightening up the muscle underneath. And it's
usually done under general anesthesia.

Liposuction is a procedure which is removing the fat, as you know. If
it's done properly you're not only removing the fat layer but you're
getting quite a bit skin retraction. But if there's a lot of looseness
of the tissue and a lot of hanging loose skin, almost sure that patients
going to need a tummy tuck procedure, possible along with liposuction.

So certain patients need liposuction, certain patients need tummy tucks,
and certain patients actually need both. If a patient needs both many
times, it's better to do the liposuction first and see how much
improvement there is with the liposuction itself.

And many times in my hands I can get so much improvement that the
patient does need to go ahead with a tummy tuck procedure. But if
there's a lot of redundancy of the skin and muscle layer then it's
going to be needed afterwards. But it's better done as a separate
procedure from a safety standpoint to first do the liposuction and then
later on do the tummy tuck procedure or possible vice versa.

Tummy Tuck vs Liposuction

Doctor David Amron discusses Tummy Tuck and Liposuction.