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Tummy Tuck, Liposuction and CoolSculpting, Oh My!

A toned body is something many strive towards through weight control and working out. When diet and exercise are not enough to get rid of stubborn fat however, patients often wonder if a cosmetic procedure would help them reach their goals. While not a weight control tool, tummy tucks, liposuction, and CoolSculpting are all unique options for those looking to get rid of excess fat or skin. Read on for a quick overview of each procedure and how they differ from one another.

Tummy Tuck

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) still ranks as one of the top five cosmetic surgical procedures performed for men and women today. Intended to improve the appearance of the abdomen specifically, excess skin and fat are removed and abdominal muscles are tightened to create a more toned, slimmer appearance.

Patients have tummy tuck surgery for a variety of personal reasons, which may include significant changes in weight leaving excess skin, pregnancy, aging, or past surgery. Completed in one procedure, tummy tucks require anesthesia, surgical incisions, and a longer recovery time. Individual recovery time is based on a variety of factors, including age, general health, and type of tummy tuck you choose.

A tummy tuck can be performed along with other cosmetic procedures, such as breast surgery or liposuction. From a mini tuck to a full or extended tummy tuck, your surgeon will help you identify the best fit for your situation.


Even more popular than tummy tucks last year (up by 5%), liposuction procedures are on the rise. If you are looking to remove small fat deposits commonly found on areas like the hips, thighs, buttocks or back, liposuction may be a good fit for you. It may take one or more sessions to achieve the results you desire.

Liposuction works to remove fat tissue just under the skin, but does not address excess skin like a tummy tuck will. Hollow tubes are placed through tiny incisions, using suction to remove fat deposits. The procedure requires incisions and anesthesia. Performed on an outpatient basis, recovery time is shorter than a tummy tuck and depends on how many areas were addressed at once. The advantages of liposuction include minimal scarring and shorter down time.


With no surgery or downtime, CoolSculpting eliminates stubborn fat by targeting fat cells in trouble spots. Safely freezing fat cells that seem to be resistant to diet and exercise, the procedure noninvasively addresses small areas of the back, thighs, arms, buttocks, neck, abdomen and flanks. Treated cells then crystallize, die, and over time are eliminated naturally from the body. In the weeks and months following treatment, remaining fat cells will condense, reducing the fat layer. CoolSculpting is becoming an increasingly popular way to refine small areas of the body without surgery or risk to underlying tissue.

After a consultation discussion, review of your medical history, and careful exam, our expert providers will provide you with a realistic view of what to expect. Together, an individualized treatment plan will be tailored to your specific body, goals and budget.

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