Tummy Tuck or Liposuction – Which procedure is right for me?

March 8, 2018

*Disclaimer – There is no guarantee of specific results and results can vary from patient to patient. Our team of consultant plastic surgeons will ensure you are in safe hands and discuss your results at your consultation.

Have you had a baby and are looking to regain your pre-pregnancy shape, muscle control and remove stretch marks? Or perhaps you have experienced significant weight loss and have been left with unsightly excess skin which you wish you could remove.

There are a number of treatments which we offer at The Avoca Clinic which can help and we understand that it can be confusing at first to know which procedure is most suitable for you. The most typical solutions to the issues mentioned above are Abdominoplasty (more commonly known as a Tummy Tuck) and Liposuction.


Liposuction is the number one treatment for the removal of stubborn fat cells and is generally the less invasive option and comes with shorter recovery times than Tummy Tuck surgery. Liposuction is ideal for removing stubborn areas of fat in just one procedure and whilst it is most commonly used to remove abdominal fat, it can also be used in other areas including the arms, hips and thighs.

Liposuction is a very specialised procedure and we will personalise each procedure to each individual patients needs. Typically, it can take between 1-2 hours and this procedure is usually performed as a day case unless in some cases the patient may stay overnight.

The recovery time varies from patient to patient but a recent survey shows that most women will be back at work within 3-5 days following this procedure. You will be required to diligently follow the discharge instructions as your participation in our aftercare programme is absolutely necessary.


Tickle Liposuction

Our latest procedure new at The Avoca Clinic is the revolutionary tecnhique known as Tickle Liposuction which is another excellent weight loss solution but comes with the added benefits of having minimal recovery times, being more affordable and offering instant results which only get better over time.

To find out more about Tickle Liposuction, please click here 

You may also be interested in discovering the differences between Traditional Liposuction and Tickle Liposuction, check out our recent blog on the subject here.


Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

While liposuction is an effective choice for some patients, others will need a little more to achieve the results they desire. For these patients, Abdominoplasty surgery (commonly referred to as a Tummy Tuck) might be the most appropriate option (this will all be discussed and decided at the time of the patients consultation).

Although Tummy Tuck surgery is more invasive than liposuction, it can remove excess abdominal skin and tighten muscle, which may be essential in achieving the best results for those who have had children and are looking to regain their pre-pregnancy shape. It is also very suitable for patients who have experienced significant weight loss and are left with unsightly, excess skin that they wish to be removed.

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Some patients will also require or desire liposuction during their tummy tuck surgery. In this case, the combined tummy tuck and liposuction is what we refer to as “complete abdominal re-shaping”.

As our specialist plastic surgeons are Abdominoplasty experts we offer different variations of the tummy tuck and will plan each patient’s surgery to suit their individual needs. To get in touch with the clinic with any questions you might have or to book a free consultation, simply give us a call on 01 2014563 and we can discuss your options.

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