This is a very confusing area for many people. If someone just has a thickness and fullness of their abdomen, but mild skin laxity, then liposuction would be the appropriate procedure. Liposuction can be performed in a circumferential approach, so that fat is removed from the front of the abdomen, sides and back, or the whole trunk. This circular approach reduces the entire trunk, contours the shape and allows a person to fit into smaller size clothes.
Liposuction has the wonderful advantage of needing only 1 week recovery, allowing most people return to work in that time frame. A compression garment is required for a 6-8 week period to adhere the newly lipo-contoured skin to the body during the healing process.