Tummy Tuck or Liposuction?

The tummy is often an area of concern when it comes to slimming. You have tried all the diet and exercising, and lost weight everywhere else, but the flab in your tummy just doesn’t seem to budge. Thing is, the paunch that sticks out may or may not be entirely fat. So is a liposuction, a tummy tuck, or BOTH (aka lipo-abdominoplasty), more suitable?

tummy tuck or liposuction
Select the procedure most suited for your tummy to target the cause


Liposuction removes excess fat and, if Vaser Liposuction is used, it also tightens the overlying skin. In the other hand, a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a multi-tasking procedure that repairs separated tummy muscles, removes excess tummy skin, improve the appearance of the umbilicus and nips in the waistline. It will leave a scar at where the extra loose skin is removed from. Liposuction can be added to a tummy tuck surgery to further slim and contour the tummy area.


Read More: Doctor-Approved Fat-Busting Treatments


We spoke to Dr Chia Hui Ling, who specialises in body contouring, to give us a flash guide on how to choose the right procedure for some common tummy concerns. Dr Chia is a female plastic surgeon from SW1 Plastic Surgery Clinic in Paragon Medical Centre in Singapore.



If you have…

Small to moderate sized stubborn pockets of fat that are diet- or exercise-resistant (eg. love handles) with mild loose skin.

Go for…



If you have…

Diastasis recti, or mummy tummy, where the six pack (recti abdominis) muscles have separated widely, usually due to child birth (better known as mummy tummy).

And / Or

A lot of loose skin, also involving the belly button.

Go for…

Tummy Tuck


If you have…

All of the above

Go for…



If you have…


Go for…

A sensible weight loss program and long-term lifestyle changes first. Apart from being better for your overall well-being, a healthy weight will prevent complications of surgery that are associated with obesity and also give better post-surgical results.


Read More: How to Really Look Younger Without Going Under the Knife



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