Hi I am 33yrs 145 lbs and have 2 kis. I have loose skin around naval area which makes my navel shapeless .is there any laser treatment to tighten up that area so my navel gets into shape. I really would like to try laser first if it works before deciding to go for tummy tuck. I know tummy tuck will definetely work, but i am scared of surgery. Pls let me know any alternative. Would appreciate your advice.
Any Laser Treatment to Tighten Loose Skin Around Navel or Tummy Tuck?
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Laser instead of tummy tuck
I agree with the others. I have lasers that do (some degree of ) tissue tightening and I would not recommend them to a woman who really needs a tummy tuck. If there is enough laxity around the umbilicus to warrant a tummy tuk then I am hesitant to believe that a non-invasive solution will give satisfactory results.
Laser vs Tummy Tuck for Skin Tightening
Laser causes skin tightening by inducing scar tissue to form which can result in minor skin tightening in optimal situation, but also carries a real risk of permanent visible scarring or poor outcomes. For loose skin around the belly button, tummy tuck or some modification of a tummy tuck is the only way to get skin tightening ( by removing excess skin). Consult an experienced board certified surgeon to further discuss your options.
Laser treatment to tighten loose skin around the navel?
Lasers per se are not the treatment of choice for skin tightening here (like they would be for the face, for example). The skin is different in many ways between these areas, such as dermal thickness, amount of adnexal structures, etc. It is impossible to tell you what your options may be without pictures, but there are some non-invasive options at this area that we have have had some nice luck with, most notably Thermage. Liposonix is another possibility, that will reduce some extra fatty tissue in the area as well. the bottom line is going to depend on the amount of loose skin that you have, and really your plastic surgeon is going to the be the best one to guide you here. While all of these treatments can certainly be applied, the most important is that you have a result that you are happy with.
Matt Concannon MD
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Laser or Tummy Tuck
Laser is almost always a very poor substitute for a tummy tuck if significant skin tightening is needed. Anything is possible, and pictures would allow a better analysis of your individual anatomy. There is also a procedure called an umbilicoplasty, which really does not describe any one specific maneuver, but a small amount of skin can be manipulated around the belly button. Just find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who does HUNDREDS of tummy tucks a year and you will be fine. Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA