Thank you for the question. For patients who present with abdominal wall muscle laxity after pregnancy and/or weight gain/loss, there is no good noninvasive modality to improve their situation. This includes cool sculpting, which targets diet and exercise resistant adipose tissue ( assuming good overlying skin elasticity). Although there are a lot of gimmicks that come and go, there is no good alternative to tummy tuck surgery to remove excess skin/adipose tissue and tighten abdominal wall muscles after pregnancy or weight loss. Be careful: if it sounds too good to be true, it is! Best wishes.
Exercise is beneficial but will not tighten the loose skin. Further liposuction of selected areas may contour some fullness but will not achieve a good cosmetic result if is performed alone without a tummy tuck.
Keep in mind, that following the advice
from a surgeon on this or any other website who proposes to tell you exactly what to do
based on a limited two dimensional photo without examining you, physically feeling the
tissue, assessing your desired outcome, taking a full medical history, and
discussing the pros and cons of each operative procedure may not be in your
best interest. I would suggest you find a plastic surgeon certified by the
American Board of Plastic Surgery and ideally a member of the American Society
for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) that you trust and are comfortable with.
You should discuss your concerns with that surgeon in person.
Robert Singer, MD FACS
La Jolla, California
It is difficult to tell from the one photo that you submitted. If you have significant excess skin or skin laxity, a tummy tuck is the best treatment for you. Unfortuntely, No amount of excercise will make the skin tighten. Visit a plastic surgeon who can examine you in person and assess the amount of extra skin and which treatment options are best for you. Many surgeons offer complimentary consultations, so it will only cost you your time to get the best recommendations. Best of luck.
Thank you for your picture. It is difficult to tell from the picture. You will get your best answer from a direct examination by a BC PS.
Earl Stephenson, Jr, MD, DDS, FACS
Thank you for your question. The tummy tuck is a procedure specifically designed to tighten and flatten tummy skin. The closer you can get to your ideal weight before surgery will result in a better outcome. You do not want to lose weight after your tummy tuck as the skin can become loose again.
Thanks so much for your question. I would say that based on your photo a tummy tuck would be the only procedure that would treat your loose abdominal skin effectively. I think any lesser procedure may ultimately leave you dissatisfied.
Thank you for the picture.
Based on your picture, my suggestion is for a mini tummy tuck. Combine with liposuction to he waist and lower back.
There is no easy, non-surgical solution for extra skin. There are options for the abdomen in general and each has its positives and its negatives. These start at relatively non-invasive options like coolsculpting and end in excisional procedures like a tummy tuck. The best way to remove loose skin remains cutting it out. This can take many different forms and your best bet is to find a plastic surgeon you like and trust, in an office you feel comfortable, and who offers you a thorough education on what is available and why what is suggested is likely to fit your goals.
Only one oblique posed photo so very hard to advise over the internet. Best to seek IN PERSON consolations with boarded PSs.
A tummy tuck will likely produce the best result, but an exam will be necessary to determine the amount of skin laxity.
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA