Hello Monique and thank you for your question!
It’s all about the volume of fat located in the area (belly tire).
There are two types of fat, subcutaneous and visceral fat! Subcutaneous fat is located below the skin while visceral fat is located around the organs! The first type of fat can be eradicated by means of liposuction while this is not possible with visceral fat.. Liposuction should not remove about 1 inch of fat to make the appearance of the skin smooth… so if the subcutaneous fat located in your belly is enough to reduce your size (3 inches) and leave 1 inch of fat then lipo will probably meet your expectations!
To get an idea how much subcutaneous fat is located in your belly area and if it’s possible to remove these 3 inches you should use a tape measure and pull it in to the point that you feel that muscle begins and fat ends.
In any case consult a surgeon for a better/safer opinion!