When it comes to toning the tummy, the world makes it seem like there are easy fixes. All you should do is eat right, get plenty of exercise, and do lots of sit-ups to define your stomach – right?

Unfortunately, taming your midsection isn’t always that simple.  Genetics, aging, and pregnancy can make it difficult to lose unwanted stomach fat.  Additionally, abdominal walls can become damaged after pregnancy, making it tougher to get the streamlined appearance that’s so common with a toned stomach.

That’s why many people – particularly women – need a little extra help getting a tighter, more toned midsection.  Two plastic surgery procedures can help achieve these aesthetic goals: Liposuction and a Tummy Tuck.  However, when it comes to improving the look of your midsection, which procedure is best for you?

The answer depends on several factors, including how close you are to your ideal weight, your skin’s elasticity, and if you have damaged abdominal walls from a previous pregnancy.  Let’s look at what each procedure accomplishes, and if you might be an ideal candidate for either of them:

Sexy brunette girl in white swimsuit posing on a beachLiposuction: If you’re struggling with stubborn fat deposits around your love handles and stomach, then Liposuction may be an appropriate solution.  Liposuction involves inserting a small cannula through an incision and using it to manually break up those fat deposits.  Alternatively, non-invasive Liposuction procedures use heat or freezing energy to destroy fat cells underneath the dermis.  The best solution for you will largely determine on your appetite for surgery and the amount of fat you’d like removed from the body.

You’re an ideal candidate for this procedure if you have excellent skin laxity, are close to your ideal weight, and have relatively healthy and undamaged abdominal walls.

Tummy Tuck:  This surgical procedure can accomplish many of the goals associated with a Liposuction procedure; however, one of the main goals is to repair the abdominal walls so patients can achieve a trimmer, more toned appearance.  This treatment is an excellent option for patients who have gone through a pregnancy and are having trouble losing stomach fat and have distended abdominal walls.

Still need help deciding which surgical option is best for treating your midsection? Schedule a consultation at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery in El Paso, TX today!