Smart Lipo or Mini-tummy Tuck?
- Asked by Deb Guzaldo in miami, fl
- 5 years ago
I'm 33 years old and have three kids all naturally birthed (no c-section). I am 5 feet tall, 120lbs and in my lower abdomen I have some pockets of fat. It's noticeable when I sit down, it's not saggy, but it certainly doesn't look good.
Which is better, tummy tuck or smart lipo?
This question arises in my office every day. While I do refer patients to plastic surgeons for tummy tucks occasionally, the majority of patients can be treated with a combination of tumescent liposuction and smart lipo. Notice that I said, tumescent liposuction and smart lipo, not just smart lipo.
What this all comes down to is picking your surgeon wisely. If you go to a dermatologist for your liposuction, there is a good chance that you won't need the tummy tuck, but if you go to a plastic surgeon for it, you probably will get one whether you need it or not. On the other hand, if you go to a 'cosmetic surgeon' du jour (family practice, ObGyn, or 'other'), goodness only knows what you will get, but it won't be good.
The key factor here is making sure that the doctor does excellent tumescent liposuction, because the other part of it, the smart lipo, is only the icing on the cake, while the initial part is where it all will either be made or not. So, choose wisely and hopefully you can get away without having the pain, cost, long recovery time and risk of the tummy tuck as well as the 12 inch scar. Good luck!
Smart Lipo or Tummy Tuck
If you have had 3 children, a mini tummy tuck is a limited operation in patients that have no excess skin above the umbilicus or have never had children. If you have had children and have any redundant skin, a mini abdominoplasty will not work. Smart Lipo does not work. Smart liposuction is a technology that is largely unproven and if you have any redundant skin, any type of liposuction will not work and will actually make it worse.
Smart Lipo or Mini Tummy Tuck
This is best answered at your consultation with your Surgeon. A physical examination will evaluate your muscle anatomy to your abdomen that can sometimes be affected by pregnancies, widening the center of the rectus muscle that runs straight down your abdomen and this may cause a projected abdomen. This can only be repaired with a formal abdominoplasty because the plication, or bringing together, of the rectus muscle is done above and below the naval. The amount if fat that lies above your abdominal muscles will also be evaluated to determine if liposuction is appropriate and would give the results you want. Sometimes, weight loss and exercise can be an option too! You may not need a mini tummy tuck with the description given, but again, a physical examination is necessary.
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Thank you for your question. Without photos or an examination, it's difficult to fully assess your situation. However, I can tell you that generally speaking, it depends on the amount of fat as well as the condition of your skin. You mentioned that it doesn't sag, however, there is only so much skin tightening that SmartLipo can offer, and while the effects are positive, the are unfortunately not guaranteed. I have, however, successfully used SmartLipo in conjunction with Mini Tummy Tucks to great results. It's very important to keep in mind that SmartLipo, or any other laser assisted liposuction is just a tool that is used to augment the traditional liposuction procedure. There is only so much that it can do on it's own. I recommend that you make an appointment for a consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in your area to have a frank discussion regarding your aesthetic goals.
Must be accessed through an in-person consultation
The appropriate body contouring procedure for your needs can only be accessed through an in-person consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. During your consultation, your prospective surgeon will examine your abdomen and talk with you about your cosmetic goals before making a procedure suggestion. After three children, it is possible that you have some muscle separation and not just pockets of fat that would need to be retightened to achieve a flatter abdomen. The mini tummy tuck is instead designed to address excess fat and skin instead of muscle.
Smart Lipo vs tummy tuck
Your qyesiton depends on your specific circumstances. Smart lipo will not help to remove that loose skin that has lost elasticity. It may however assist you to remove pockets of fat which create contour abnormailities or slim you down, assuming your skin has good elasticity.
Liposuction vs. Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
For patients with young retractable skin and fat deposits (not obesity), liposuction is a good option. Smart lipo is just a trade name and tumescent liposuction actually has fewer complications but either way works well for the right patient. An abdominoplasty is an excellent option for a patient who has had children as your abdominal wall may be stretched (your 6-pack has moved laterally) and part of the prodedure is tightening the underlying fascia giving you a flatter abdomen.
Most importantly, the 2 procedures are not interchangeable. You must go to a surgeon who can perform either procedure and is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Definitely don't have surgery by someone who took a weekend course in any procedure.
Mini Tummy Tuck or liposuction?
Thank you for the question.
Without examination or pictures is not possible to give you accurate advice.
However based on your history, in general I do not believe that you will be a good candidate for liposuction surgery.
Also, in my opinion, the mini tummy talk is an operation that produces very limited results and is very rarely indicated. It involves a shorter incision but does not address the majority of the abdominal wall issues present for most patients who present consultation. For example, the area of skin excised is quite small. The abdominal wall musculature is addressed below the umbilicus leaving the upper number wall potentially lax. The appearance of the umbilicus is not necessarily addressed sufficiently.
For most patients who have had pregnancies and/or weight loss a full abdominoplasty is necessary to achieve the desired results. Of course, there are downsides (including a longer scar and probably a longer recovery time) but for most patients the benefits outweigh the downsides. It is not unusual to see patients who've had mini tummy tuck surgery present for revisionary surgery.
It is important to work with a well experienced board-certified plastic surgeon to obtain advice (based on good ethics and judgment) to improve your chances of a successful outcome and minimize the need for further surgery.
I hope this helps.
Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck
Loose skin will not really be corrected with smart lipo. If your concern is bulk and skin, a type of abdominoplasty would address these concerns. Really consider what it is that you are looking for and discuss this with a well trained board certified plastic surgeon. best wishes!
Smart Lipo versus tummy tuck
Generally speaking Smart Lipo is NOT a substitute for a tummy tuck. It may supplement the results of a tummy tuck.
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