They are very similar, but two different surgical procedures. Liposuction removes fat on the tights, bottom, hips, and stomach. Abdominoplasty, on the other hand, removes excess fat that can’t be fixed via exercise or diet. It also removes excess skin that is the result of pregnancy and skin stretch around the abdomen.
Other factors that make the need for abdominoplasty are aging, heredity, weight fluctuations, and prior surgeries.
In liposuction surgery, the surgeon makes some incisions in the patient’s body. These incisions serve as the entry point for devices called cannulas. Cannulas serve as vacuums that suck out the fat from the abdomen.
Abdominoplasty repairs damaged muscles that make abdomen bulge. It starts with a huge horizontal slice that opens up the abdominal area. Thus, it is a more risky procedure, as the patient will have a larger scar. Then, all the stomach muscles and tissues that are weak or torn are repaired and the extra skin is removed. Abdominoplasty is done under generalized anesthesia since the procedure has extra invasive nature.
These differences between liposuction and abdominoplasty procedures make the surgeries risks and recovery different. In liposuction, which is done under local anesthetics, cuts are fewer, so the incisions need less time to heal and most patients can resume normal life in a week. It takes more time, almost more than one month for abdominoplasty. Liposuction is also cheaper than abdominoplasty.
However, in some cases, you may need to get abdominoplasty in conjunction with liposuction