People confuse tummy tuck and liposuction because both procedures can give you a more svelte abdomen, but the two really address very different concerns. Which procedure is best for you depends on several factors that are unique to your body. At Dr. Placik’s plastic surgery clinic in Chicago, Illinois you will be assisted in determining which procedure is best for you.

When choosing to undergo any type of cosmetic surgery procedure, it is important to realize that you are electing to have invasive surgery performed on your body. Make sure you are fully informed about the procedure, the risks and the recovery period before making any decisions, and feel completely comfortable with the surgeon performing the procedure.
Abdominoplasty Techniques
Tummy Tuck — If you have abdominal skin and muscles that are loose, stretch marks, and a hanging stomach, then a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty is your best choice.

Liposuction — If you have localized areas of fatty tissue in certain places on your body that refuse to respond to standard exercise and diet, but you have good skin tone, then liposuction may be your best choice. This procedure is performed to removed excess fat from areas such as:

  • Under the chin
  • Neck
  • Upper arms
  • Abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Calves
  • Ankles

What results will you get from each procedure?

Once you have undergone a tummy tuck, you will have a smoother and flatter abdomen, as well as a smoother contour to your waist and hips. The result will be a new confidence in yourself and your appearance that will allow you to wear many outfits that made you uncomfortable before the procedure.

After a liposuction procedure, you will be able to enjoy permanent improvements in your body contour and proportion in all of the areas that were treated. You will also have a more flattering shape and definition to your body’s natural curves.

What risks are involved in each procedure?
All surgery has risks, and the risks for these procedures include:

-Tummy tuck

  • Noticeable scarring of the abdomen
  • Loss of skin where excess has been removed


  • Changes in skin pigmentation
  • Bruising and swelling of the skin
  • Possible rippling of the skin
  • Asymmetry – Areas where the skin’s surface may be uneven after surgery

Whether you are choosing to undergo a tummy tuck or liposuction, consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon and discuss every aspect of the procedures, as well as your realistic desires before making any final decisions. Contact Dr. Placik in Chicago, Illinois and schedule a consultation to determine which procedure would be best for your needs.
Manor Care Post-Operative Recovery

Link to American Society of Plastic Surgeons Abdominoplasty Information
Visit our FAQs section to find out more about Tummy Tucks.
For more information on tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) and how it can improve your figure, call Dr. Otto Placik at (847) 398-1660 or (312) 787-5313, or contact us online.