Are there any non-surgical treatment options that would improve my stomach? (Photo)
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Non-surgical body contouring
There are some non-invasive technologies which can reduce fat and improve the skin tightness as well as minimize stretch marks. This will improve the look of your mid-section, but will not be equal to a tummy tuck in terms of dramatic results.
CoolSculpting vs. Tummy Tuck: See an experienced surgeon offering both alternatives
Non-surgical body contouring is a new technology for localized fat reduction, and gives plastic surgeons an alternative to offer to properly selected patients.
During your personal consultation he or she would assess your overall health, lifestyle, goals, and your anatomy. Based on these they'll offer you alternatives. Judging from the photos you kindly provided and height / weight, you would have very different results from tummy tuck surgery vs. CoolSculpting. A series of non-invasive treatments could decrease the "pinch thickness" of areas you can grasp. It is not technically a skin-tightening treatment. It would not appreciably improve the stretch marks. If looseness of the muscle layers is contributing to the round contour of your abdomen, it will not reduce that.
Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) would necessitate a period of recovery, but could improve all of those issues.
It is also worth considering weight loss and dedicated abdominal muscle toning, as worthwhile non-surgical methods that can definitely improve your abdominal appearance, and provide additional health benefits. Plus, if you later choose surgery or non-surgical treatments, you will have additive improvements.
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Are there any non-surgical treatment options that would improve my stomach?
Find a plastic surgeon who performs hundreds of tummy tuck procedures each year. Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA