Liposuction, Tummy Tuck, Or SculpSure? What's The Best Way To Get Rid Of My Muffin Top

Adebayo Adesomo, MD, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Liposuction, Tummy Tuck, SculpSure, ouston Women’s Cosmetics

If you have a muffin top, you may find it difficult to get rid of despite exercising and eating a healthy diet. This is especially true if you’re a woman in your 30s or 40s. You may find that as your hormone levels change, so does the way your body stores fat. This means that as you age, getting rid of your muffin top can become harder.

But if you want to fit into your skinny jeans without a bulge of belly fat, Adebayo Adesomo, MD, at Houston Women’s Cosmetics can give you several options to fit your specific needs. Three of the most common approaches to ridding yourself of a muffin top are liposuction, tummy tucks, and SculpSure® treatments.


Liposuction is one of the most popular methods for removing unwanted fat along your belly and flanks. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, liposuction was second in popularity only to breast augmentation regarding cosmetic surgical procedures. With modern advancements, liposuction can be done with local anesthesia instead of general anesthesia, and scars tend to be smaller and less noticeable that procedures done in the past.

One downside to liposuction is that it does not tighten your skin. Often, muffin tops are a combination of both loose skin and excess fat. Even if the excess fat is removed, you may still have the appearance of a muffin top if your skin lacks the elasticity necessary to create a flat, smooth stomach. In this case, Dr. Adesomo may suggest a different procedure, such as a tummy tuck or SculpSure procedure.

You’ll likely be able to return to work within three to four days, but you’ll need to wear a compression garment for two weeks. Within a month, swelling should go down, and within a few months, you should see your final results.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck can give you dramatic results when it comes to getting rid of a muffin top. This is because your fat is not only removed, but your skin is stretched and tightened. Your muscles may also be repositioned. This can allow you to create a silhouette closer to your ideal image.

However, a tummy tuck is considered an invasive surgery. You will have a scar, which Dr. Adesomo will position in a discreet location. Additionally, because a tummy tuck is an invasive procedure, there are more possibilities for complications. Healing time can take a number of weeks. You will need to wear a compression garment for about six weeks while you heal.

This approach may be your best option if you have excess fat with loose skin as well as weakened abdominal muscles due to injury or pregnancy. It may also be your best option if you have very specific expectations regarding your final results.


If you’re looking for a less invasive solution, you may want to see if SculpSure is right for you. SculpSure involves using a diode laser to heat pockets of fat to a temperature that will destroy the fat cells. After the treatment, your body will slowly eliminate the destroyed fat cells, leaving you with up to 24% less fat in the treated areas.

SculpSure is a good solution if you have a small amount of stubborn fat you want to get rid of. However, if you have a larger amount of fat, you may need to consider liposuction or a tummy tuck. Also, while it may help minimally improve skin elasticity, it cannot fix flabby skin in the same way a tummy tuck can.

The biggest benefit to SculpSure is that you can complete your treatment in under an hour, and recovery time is short. While you may have minor swelling for a week or two, it should not affect your day-to-day activities.

Are you still wondering which option is the best for you? You don’t have to make a decision on your own. Book an appointment online or over the phone with Houston Women’s Cosmetics, and Dr. Adesomo will help you figure out the best path to the results you want.

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