Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon on Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck


Are you a woman looking to achieve that feminine “hourglass” figure, or are you a man who wants to retrieve his former athletic build? There are two commonly used cosmetic surgery procedures to accomplish this goal. Liposuction, which removes fat deposits through several tiny incisions, is the number one cosmetic procedure. Tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty, involves removing excess fat and skin while tightening the abdominal muscles. How do you know which procedure is right for you?

Dr. Scott Farber of Farber Plastic Surgery in Boca Raton, Florida, recently sat down for an interview with Dr. Barry Lycka on Inside Cosmetic Surgery Today to discuss the benefits and risks of each procedure.


Liposuction is a great way to shape and contour the body to achieve a specific aesthetic appearance. Liposuction is good for those with a moderate amount of fat that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise.

Advantages of Liposuction:

  • Can be performed under local anesthesia
  • Less invasive than a tummy tuck
  • Can usually resume “normal activity” in a short period of time

tummy tuck may be a better option for someone who has excess abdominal fat in addition to excess skin and loose muscle tone. The muscle is tightened to support the fat and the skin, or the results may be disappointing.

Advantages of Tummy Tuck:

  • Manages      loose skin and muscle tone in addition to fat reduction
  • Better      overall body contour in selected patients


Liposuction and Abdominoplasty are specifically suited to different types of patients; however, it is very common to combine the two procedures – performing a tummy tuck to contour and flatten the abdomen while using liposuction to sculpt the flanks and hips to provide an excellent aesthetic result.

It is important to choose a Board-certified plastic surgeon to do these procedures, ensure the right levels of training and experience to do it safely and get the best results possible. Your surgeon should look at all the facts to decide the most appropriate procedure for you.

For candidates where either procedure is suitable, you may choose liposuction to avoid a larger surgery and longer recovery time, but are willing to accept a tradeoff in results. You should have realistic expectations of the results from these procedures and look forward to feeling happier about yourself. If you are in Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami or anywhere else in South Florida, consult with Dr. Scott Farber to see which cosmetic surgery procedure is right for you. Call 561-503-2700 or contact us online to get started in restoring your beauty and confidence.