A tummy tuck is a more invasive surgical procedure than liposuction. Liposuction involves tiny incisions and only removes stubborn pockets of fat. Tummy tuck procedures remove excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. For some patients, a tummy tuck is necessary to achieve their desired results, while others would not benefit from the procedure. During your comprehensive consultation, Dr. Rai will help you decide which procedure or combination of procedures will benefit you the most.

Why Some Patients Need a Tummy Tuck?

If you have excess skin and/or abdominal muscles which have been stretched beyond the point that they can regain their tightness with exercise, a tummy tuck is the appropriate option. Liposuction alone cannot address these issues.

Women who have had children and both men and women who have lost a significant amount of weight, often need a tummy tuck to finish off the aesthetic results. During the procedure, excess skin is removed, which can also remove stretch marks. The abdominal muscles are tightened. The end result is a flatter and tummy and tighter core.


Liposuction removes stubborn pockets of fat, from virtually anywhere on the body. It is minimally invasive, and carries minimal downtime. Liposuction alone is appropriate if you do not have excess or sagging skin, and if the abdominal muscles are not stretched.

You can have liposuction in conjunction with a tummy tuck, to improve the contours of areas that the tummy tuck does not address.

Neither procedure is meant to replace diet and exercise in achieving weight loss. Both can put the finishing touches on weight loss after you have reached or gotten very near your ideal weight.

If you have asked yourself: “How is a tummy tuck different from liposuction?”  Call Dr. Rai in Dallas for answers to this and other questions.  To learn more about body sculpting procedures schedule a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Vasdev Rai. Dr. Rai provides cosmetic surgery procedures to patients living in Dallas, Fort Worth, and surrounding areas of Texas.