Difference between Liposuction and Abdominoplasty

Key difference: The liposuction is a treatment of extraction of fat from the body’s bulky part, whereas, abdominoplasty is a method, where the fat is extracted only from abdomen.

According to Wikipedia: 

Liposuction is also known as ''lipoplasty'' ("fat modeling"), which involves ''liposculpture''; ''suction lipectomy'' means suction-assisted fat removal.

Liposuction is a traditional method carried out to remove the body fat. This is that fat which is believed to cause the irregularity in a person’s appearance.  The fat, which gives rise to obesity, can be extracted from the body through a surgical method.

In liposuction extra fats are removed through surgery. The person is given proper anesthesia, and then the fat is extracted with the help of a hollow tube also known as cannula. When the tube is inserted, it creates a vacuum, which looses the fat. The fat is then removed through the incision.

In liposuction, the procedures to be maintained are:

  • To abstract the right amount of fat.
  • To cause the least disturbance of neighboring tissue, such as blood vessels and connective tissue.
  • To leave the person’s fluid balance undisturbed.
  • To cause the least discomfort to the patient.

According to Wikipedia: 

‘’Abdominoplasty’’ or ‘’tummy tuck’’ is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to make the abdomen more firm.

Abdominoplasty is a medical surgery, which involves the removal of excess fat from the abdominal region. The fat which forms a bulky area in the middle and lower parts are extracted by the surgical treatment. The abdominoplasty is basically carried out in those females, who have gone through multiple pregnancies.

From a physique point of view, in order to maintain the straight posture, surgery is carried out. The extra fats from abdominal regions are removed.

In general, a complete abdominoplasty follows these steps:

  • An incision is made from hip to hip just above the pubic area.
  • Another incision is made to free the navel from the surrounding skin.
  • The skin is detached from the abdominal wall to reveal the muscles and fascia to be tightened. The muscle fascia wall is tightened with sutures.
  • Liposuction is often used to refine the transition zones of the abdominal sculpture.
  • A dressing and sometimes a compression garment are applied and any excess body fluid from the site is drained.

Comparison between Liposuction and Abdominoplasty:





In liposuction, the fats extracted through a traditional surgical method with the help of hollow incision.

In abdominoplasty, the surgery is carried out with the help of the liposuction, which extracts the fats from the abdominal region.

What are they?

It is a fat modeling method.

It is a cosmetic surgery method.


Liposuctions are of the following types:

  • Suction-assisted liposuction (SAL).
  • Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL).
  • Power-assisted liposuction (PAL).
  • Twin-cannula (assisted) liposuction (TCAL or TCL).
  • External ultrasound-assisted liposuction (XUAL or EUAL).
  • Water-assisted liposuction (WAL).
  • Tumescent technique.


Abdominoplasty are of the following types:

  • Complete abdominoplasty.
  • Partial. Abdominoplasty
  • Extended abdominoplasty.
  • High lateral tension tummy tucks.
  • Floating Abdominoplasty or FAB Technique.
  • Circumferential abdominoplasty.

Body parts involved

It is carried out in the:

Abdomen, Breasts, Hips, Outer thighs (saddlebags), Flanks (love handles), Back, Inner thighs, Inner knees, Upper arms, Submental (chin), (gullet), Gynecomastia (male breast tissue).

The liposuction here is carried out from the lower and middle abdomen.


It is a renowned method on its own.

It is done with the help of liposuction.


The candidates for liposuction are average-weight men and women

The candidates here are commonly women.

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