Mommy makeover with no lipo, will I look overweight?

My PS said he does not want to perform liposuction on me during my "mommy makeover" surgery since he will already be performing a full tummy tuck, along with correction and augmentation of my tuberous breasts. I don't question his decision, but my question is, will I look I am not overweight, but my hips are quite full. I am apple-shaped and have thin legs and a shapely bottom, no cellulite. The trade-off is I have big grandma arms ;).

Doctor Answers 12

Tummy tuck without liposuction?????

hello. interesting question. I consider  liposuction an important complement to the tummy tuck, it helps us to better define the figure. I  generally not do tummy tuck with  out al least do liposuction of  flanks, but it's a very personal decision and you should discuss with your plastic surgeon.

Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Lipo with mummy makeover

I would always consider liposuction as part of a tummy tuck rejuvenation procedure. There is a limit to how much lipo can be performed at the same time but the flanks is usually not an issue. I would ask your PS to explain the pros and cons of lipo with you so that you cn make an informed decision.

Gary L. Ross, MBChB, FRCS
Manchester Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction at the time of mommy makeover

In my experience, a mommy makeover has three components: a breast procedure, abdominal procedure (typically some form of a tummy tuck) and liposuction.  This fully addresses most peoples concerns.  I use computer imaging to better assist my patients in appreciating the goals of surgery.  The real goal is to return you back to your pre pregnancy appearance if not improve upon it.  This would be more easily addressed with a review of your preoperative pictures.

Roger J. Friedman, MD
Bethesda Plastic Surgeon
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To lipo or not to lipo during mommy makeover and tummy tuck?

In my experience, everyone looks better with flank and side liposuction in combination with a tummy tuck procedure.It only adds about 30 minutes to the surgery but can make a huge difference in outcome. If the liposuction is not performed then you may have a flat tummy with flank bulges that bother you and look bad in clothes. I would recommend talking to another surgeon just to make sure that they agree with your first surgeon in his assessment. i hope this helps.


Daniel A. Medalie

I'll often stage liposuction til later

I like to be aggressive when I lipo the abdomen and I'm reluctant to do it at the same time as a tummy tuck due to potential blood supply issues. I'll often suggest we do all the lipo as a "second go round". That way its one garment for all the lipo areas. Good luck.

Robert Frank, MD
Munster Plastic Surgeon
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Mommy makeover with no lipo, will I look overweight?

Trust your surgeon.  Mommy Makeover is plenty of surgery for one setting.  Follow his post op instructions for a great recovery!  Best wishes!

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction is commonly done with mommy makeover.

Is impossible to say what you will look like proportionally speaking after mommy makeover surgery. If your surgeon feels uncomfortable doing concurrent liposuction it is best to do it At a separate operation.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Too much surgery at one time?

If you question what your board certified plastic surgeon (BCPS) recommends, feel free to get another consultation with another BCPS.  But in general/generic terms, it is best not to try and do too much surgery at one time.  "Too much" may mean different things to different surgeons, but for me I generally abide by our national society's recommendation that more than a planned 6 hours of operating on a patient in an outpatient setting is pushing the envelope.  There are lots of positioning issues with adding arms and other liposuction to what is proposed for you, and all that positioning takes time.  Best to be safe.  Best of luck to you.

Mommy makeover with no lipo, will I look overweight?

Online consultants, without the benefit of physical examination and/or photographs, will not be able to provide you with specific enough device to be really meaningful. Best to address your concerns with your plastic surgeon. Show him, in front of a full-length mirror, what your areas of concerns are.  It is okay to ask about the rationale behind recommendations made. Of course, safety of the planned procedures should be the first priority in everyone's minds. Best wishes.

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