I gave birth a year and a half ago. I gained over 60 pounds with my son and he was a 9 lb baby. Since then, I've lost all the weight plus some but my belly still looks horrendous. I still have some extra fat around my belly/hips, but what will happen when I lose it? Why does my belly hang when I bend over? Is this loose skin(I have a lot of stretch marks)? Is it muscle separation? Fat? And what kind of procedure do I need to fix it?
Loose Skin, Muscle Separation or Fat? What is Wrong with my Tummy?
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Post partum belly
The answer to your question is probably all of the above.There is loose skin,extra fat and weak muscles.The stretch marks will not go away You could have a full tummy tuck and have your muscle repaired along with some liposuction but I would first have all of my children and then consider corrective surgery.
Tummy Tuck yields nice abdominal contouring results
You'll have a great result with a tummy tuck procedure. You'll very likely lose a portion of the tattoos that are along your groin - but the tradeoff will be a substantially improved abdominal contour. Liposuction will not work for you - you've got too much loose skin.
Web reference: http://www.scottsattlermd.com
Based upon your photos, it looks like you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck. The loose skin will be removed and the diastasis will be tightened.
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VIDEO (Click "more" below) which tummy tuck surgery is best for you?
I have prepared a video discussing a variety of the different tummy tuck procedures. It is my opinion that you will need the full tummy tuck. See the description to understand what is done to the skin, fat and muscle.
Web reference: http://www.bodysculptor.com/body-surgery-chicago/tummy-tuck/
POST-PREGNANCY BELLY ISSUES
If you do not plan on having any more children , I would recommend a LipoAbdominoplasty with repair of the muscle separation. Your photos are extremely helpful in assessing you condition. Visit with a local Plastic Surgeon in your area for the specifics involved with this type of surgery.
Loose Skin, Muscle Separation or Fat
If you have read all the expert's postings than you can see you need a full tummy tuck with muscle repair at the least. There are 7 of us stating this. Seek in person opinions from boarded surgeons in your area, North Carolina. From MIAMI Dr. Darryl J. Blinski, 305 598 0091
BEST Operation for ME - Tummy Tuck or Liposuction
You need a tummy tuck
Clearly you need a tummy tuck, simple as that. Don't be fooled by any of those who tell you that you can get it all with laser liposuction, you will be incredibly disappointed by the result as you will still have muscle laxity and extra skin which is loose. A TT will give you a nice flat abdomen. Not a mini TT either...
Post-pregnancy tummy tuck & liposuction
You have what happens to most women after pregnancy, particularly when there has been a significant weight gain as was your case, and that is all the above. You have loose skin, a bit of fullness in the belly and hip area, and probably some separation of the rectus muscle. If you are done with childbirth then you are an excellent candidate for an abdominoplasty with liposuction in the hip area and plication of your rectus muscles. With the right surgeon you should enjoy a truly excellent result.
Candidate for Tummy Tuck
After your baby, your muscles tightened since they are dynamic. The support layer probably did not, but it is impossible to evaluate from the picture. The part that is hanging is fat and still stretched skin. An abdominoplasty will tighten the muscle support and remove the extra skin, fat, and many of the stretch marks. It might also change the right lateral tattoo. Only do this, however, if you are through having babies.
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