Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

You may need to understand the difference between liposuction and tummy tuck so that you have better clarity of what you paying for. Liposuction (whatever method is used) primarily removes fat from below the skin surface and provides a moderate amount of skin tightening due to scar contracture.

A tummy tuck does several things:

  • Removes abdominal skin that is in excess, and resets the tone to the remaining skin

  • Removes some fat from the abdomen

  • Redistributes skin and fat from the upper abdomen to the lower, effectively thinning the abdominal wall skin/fat thickness

  • Tightens the abdominal wall musculature, which both flattens the stomach from the side view as well as pulling in the waist to improve the "hour glass" shape

Very simply, the tummy tuck reverses the changes caused by childbearing, and is typically the appropriate operation for mothers or individuals who have undergone significant weight fluctuation. Liposuction is for fat contouring in individuals who have resistant areas of localised fat and also have good skin tone. If skin tone is bad (lax, or with stretch marks), the results from liposuction may be disappointing.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a Tummy Tuck?

Tummy Tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure performed to reduce abdominal fat. 

Full Tummy Tuck vs Mini Tummy Tuck?

  • Full abdominoplasty – is suitable if you have a lot of excess skin. Your surgeon will make a curved cut from one hip to the other. They will remove any excess skin and fat. Your surgeon will then cut under the skin above your umbilicus (belly button), pulling it downwards and tightening it. Sometimes they will need to reconstruct your umbilicus and tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall.

  • Mini abdominoplasty – is best suited for women who don’t have stretch marks or saggy skin, but have a pouch below the belly button. Your surgeon will only need to make a small cut just above the pubic area to remove the excess skin.

How do I know which method is the best option for me?


In Malaysia, liposuction and tummy tucks can only be done by centres with a well-equipped operation theatre i.e. in accredited hospitals or ambulatory care centres. ARC Cosmetic Surgery Group has admission rights to various major accredited private healthcare facilities in the Klang Valley (Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, Malaysia).

Here at ARC Medical Group of clinics, we offer personalised non-surgical and surgical aesthetic solutions to your needs. Feel free to call us for a free initial consultation. This non-obligatory consultation is your chance to discuss your concerns and for the specialist to help recommend the best possible options.

The ARC (Advanced Regenerative Centre) clinic Mid Valley branch is located at:

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