Smart lipo candidate? (photos)
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Smartlipo would be a nice solution.
If you are also concerned about a lot of excess skin then it may not be a complete solution. Depending on how much skin laxity you have on the front of the abdomen then the Smartlipo may not be able to give you all the tightening that you want. In that case you may choose to have it supplemented by an excisional technique such as a abdominoplasty. Not essential, however it is really based on how tight you want to be.
It is important to meet with the doctor that can examine you and can offer you all the options.
Smart lipo candidate?
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA
By strategically removing and keeping fat in key areas, I can accentuate the natural lines of muscle definition, helping to further improve the appearance of the abdomen to leave you looking more fit than you would with fat removal alone.
Using the laser allows me to further tighten the skin by introducing heat energy to the undersurface. Liposuction is ideal for patients who have had some fluctuations in weight and who have "trouble" areas of the body where fat remains stubborn despite diet and exercise. For men, these areas are usually the flanks and lower abdomen, while in women, the flanks, hips and thighs are the common culprits. In patients who have had "massive" weight loss, patients with significant stretch marks, or patients with multiple pregnancies, body contouring surgeries are preferred. These involve surgical incisions (hidden below the bathing suit or bikini line) to remove the unwanted skin in addition to the fat layer.
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It is possible that SmartLipo will help you, but your doctor will need to assess it by touching the area.
Check out the credentials of the dermatologist and make sure they have done tumescent liposuction for at least a few years and that should be a good indication they are able to assist you. Good luck!