Summary: Most people would agree that it can be very difficult to achieve and maintain a firm, flat stomach long-term. Diet and exercise are enough for some people, but many feel that their best efforts to slim down fall short in helping them reach their goals. Tummy tucks and liposuction are synonymous with slim, sexy stomachs, but deciding which is right for you can be difficult. Here are three questions to help you know whether a tummy tuck, lipo or combo of the two is your best option.

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1. Have I Reached My Target Weight?

A common urban legend about tummy tucks and liposuction is that they are weight loss surgeries. While both can help slim down your silhouette and improve body contours, neither is a method for losing a significant amount of weight. To get the best out of either procedure, be sure you’re at or near a healthy weight that you’re committed to maintain in years to come.

2. Is Excess Stomach Skin a Concern?

While liposuction can target and remove stubborn fat deposits and help sculpt beautiful curves and contours, it does nothing to address loose or excess stomach skin. If part of what makes you self-conscious about your midsection is stretched-out skin, understand that a tummy tuck is the body contouring procedure to remove excess skin and leave behind a firmer, smoother stomach.

3. Is a Combination of the Two Best for Me?

If you’re one of the many people who feel that loose abdominal skin and stubborn fat deposits keep you from loving your midsection, a combination of a tummy tuck with liposuction may be the best option. A tummy tuck can tighten the stomach skin and muscles, and although we always perform liposuction along the incision line and mons areas, additional liposuction of the hips can further enhance your new waistline.