What are realistic expectations from a tummy tuck? (photo)
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From your current photographs it seems as though you'll be a good candidate for full tummy tuck with muscle tightening and possibly some liposuction of the flanks.
You seem to be having good success with your weight loss. I always recommend to my patients that they arrive at their stable wait before they embark upon surgery. Stable weight does not always meanrail thin ,what it means a weight that you feel comfortable at and can maintain without starving yourself.
You don't want to starve herself just before surgery because it will make it more difficult to heal. You don't want to lose a lot of weight after your surgery because the skin may become even looser once again.
So it's looks as though you're doing everything right and well on your way to tummy tuck but try to accomplish your weight loss goals before you proceed.
You are to be commended on your weight loss and the fact that you're willing to lose even use more. I see no reason for you not getting close to your pre-pregnancy figure if you do lose the extra weight. A full tt but possibly a lower body lift might be needed for you to get there.
First, Nobody can really give you a satisfying answer without a direct examination.
I can tell you by your photos however, you will be able to loose the "overhang" created by the stretching from pregnancies, and the adherent skin from your 3 C-sections (I am assuming). I would also bet that you should get a flatter abdomen and improvement in the hour glass region from tightening the muscle layers. On your visit with the board certified plastic surgeon (not a so called "cosmetic surgeon"), he can simulate the post-op results on you by "pinching" the tissue.
The other issue that your question raises, at least in my mind, is the controversial issue of pre-op weight loss. I would be interested to hear what other plastic surgeons have to say about this. Personally, I don't really want to have my patients to lose weight for the surgery. I want them to come in at their stable weight, and be healthy. Reason? Studies show that people tend to have a steady weight. After 40, people tend to gain about a pound a year (on average). When people diet, they tend to fail. When people fail diets, people gain the weight back, plus, on average, 4 pounds. If they have a tummy tuck, then gain all the weight back plus four pounds, they will tend to be very disappointed after an initial period of being very happy. It is almost predictable. Some people however will be successful in keeping the weight off.
On the other hand, It is always best to live a healthy lifestyle and get to a healthy weight/ BMI. I would advise doing that with diet and exercise under a doctors supervision. Doctors who specialize in weight loss may be a good option. When your weight is stable, and you are healthy, consider the surgery.
Anyway, that is my philosophy.
Best to you .
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Keep up the exercise
Loosing weight can be very difficult at times but some how you're making it happen, congrats!!
I believe that you would male a great candidate for the tummy tuck procedure, this will remove all the excess skin and repair abdominal muscles to correct the protruded abdomen, giving you a flat stomach again. I wold combine it with liposuction of the waist, upper and lower back as well as fat transfer to the buttocks.
skin folds extending significantly laterally, you will have some modification of the lateral tattoos.
Realistic expectation after tummy tuck
Lose the most weight possible before tummy tuck
Please resist attempt patient to have the surgery before you have achieved your maximum weight loss. Weight loss after a tummy tuck will result in more loose skin.
Once you get to your ideal weight I believe you should expect to have an excellent tummy tuck result and get close to your pre-pregnancy tummy shape.
The most important thing is defined an expert plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, very experienced in tummy tuck surgery and who has an excellent reputation in your community. In cyst on seeing before and after photographs tummy tuck's that the surgeon has operated on. Choose your surgeon Jerry Wise
What are realistic expectations from a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck can remove loose skin and tighten the abdominal wall and put you close to your goal if additional weight is lost.
Find a board certified plastic surgeon who performs hundreds of tummy tuck procedures each year. Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA