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Liposuction vs the tummy tuck: which one is your game-changer?

September 7, 2018

When it comes to improving the way you look, the abdomen area has always been a tough sell. Fat cells found in the abdomen are particularly stubborn, and in excess they can cause cellulite as well as sagging and bulging skin. Factors that can worsen the situation include: aging, a diet lacking in nutrients, inactivity, genetics, pregnancy, and surgeries. If you have decided on a more proactive approach to addressing these issues and putting your best self forward once and for all, liposuction and tummy tucks are two powerful procedures that can both combat these bodily changes and contour your abdomen for a more flattering, streamlined shape.


The procedure: the difference between liposuction and a tummy tuck


The main difference worth noting when it comes to comparisons between liposuction and a tummy tuck is that the latter is more invasive. While liposuction involves inserting a suction device into your abdomen to remove up to 5 litres of combined fat cells and aspirate, a tummy tuck, aka abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes both excess fat and tissue. Dr. Mulholland may also tighten your abdominal muscles during a tuck, depending on your needs. Pregnancy and previous surgeries may make you a strong candidate for a tummy tuck, as both conditions can separate the abdominal muscles, making it very challenging to achieve a toned appearance through exercise and diet alone.


Can you get both liposuction and a tummy tuck?


Yes, you can, and you might want to get them both at once. While performing a tummy tuck, Dr. Mulholland can remove fat with simultaneous liposuction in order to reduce the amount of stress on your body. Getting it all done in one procedure can do away with unnecessarily prolonged healing times. Common areas to have liposuction include the flanks, “love handles,” and lower back. Accompanied by a tummy tuck, chances are you’ll be amazed at your slimmer, tighter waist. Patients who have both procedures done generally report higher self-esteem and overall satisfaction.


What’s the damage?


The cost of a tummy tuck procedure in Toronto ranges from $8000 to $15,000 depending on your personal needs, preferences, and circumstances. Liposuction costs also vary, ranging from $7000 to $10,000 depending on how much tissue must be removed and whether or not you opt for muscle tightening. The best way to figure out what your total cost will be is to visit Dr. Mulholland for an evaluation. Flexible financing options are available as well.


What does aftercare look like?


After surgery, your incisions will be covered with dressings. You may also need to wear a compression band along with Lipofoam to help support your abdomen while healing. Small tubes may be temporarily placed in your incisions to help drain out fluid. You’ll be given detailed instructions on follow-up appointments, when to take your medication, and how to care for your incisions and drains. Dr. Mulholland will also let you know of any symptoms you should report back about.


Liposuction and tummy tuck recovery both require a lot of rest and relaxation post-procedure, so it’s a great idea to have someone available to help out with tasks for a few days. Avoid rigorous activity, and lifting heavy objects. What better excuse to take it easy?


For more information about liposuction and tummy tuck procedures in Toronto, contact SpaMedica at 1-877-211-7507, or We look forward to helping you make an informed and empowered decision!

Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
Posted by Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
has been practicing plastic surgery for over 20 years. He is one of Canada’s most renowned and best plastic surgeons in Toronto with his wealth of experience, artistry, and humbleness towards his patients.

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