Hi, I am 22 years old and gave birth to my son 3 years ago. The result is a post-pregnancy pooch, wrinkles and some loose skin, but mostly under the belly button. I still look a couple months pregnant as a result. I consider myself active and have pretty strong abdominal muscles. What procedures would suit me? Ive heard of Velashape, thermage, and the mini tuck. Please tell me what is right for me. Thank you to anyone with advice.
Tummy Tuck Alternative
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Tummy tuck or other
After review of your photos, I believe you would benefit from a standard tummy tuck. A mini tummy tuck or lipo alone will not remove the excess skin after childbirth. Most patients are happier after a full tummy tuck vs a mini tuck. Donald R Nunn MD Plastic Surgeon.
Tummy Tuck Candidate?
If you have loose skin and a round belly (diastasis) which does not improve with exercise, then you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck / abdominoplasty. There is no exercise, laser, injectable or magic wand that can completely improve diastasis or separation of the abdominal muscles leading to a round appearance. There is also no magic wand for loose and hanging skin - only surgery can remove this. If your problem were only extra fat, then liposuction may be an alternative. However, with loose skin and with diastasis, tummy tuck may be your best choice.
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Alternative for Tummy Tuck
Tummy tuck is a great procedure to get rid of loose, excess skin as well as tightening the abdominal muscle after pregnancy. Based on your description and photos, you would benefit from tummy tuck. However, if you are considering having more babies in the future, you may consider liposuction. However, liposuction will not give you the kind of contour that tummy tuck can give you.
Tummy tuck alternatives for young individuals
After a pregnancy some skin looseness and stretch marks can appear, yet at age 22 there are considerations of scar, future pregnancy, to consider. The safest alternative is liposuction and exercise focusing on posture and tone. We don't have much faith in laser or Thermage.
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Tummy Tuck Alternative
Based on your posted photos I recommend Smart Lipo TRIPLEX operation, using the 1064,1320, 1440 wavelengths. This allows you to "flatten" your abdomen without an incision, and if you have more pregnancies there is no issue. Regards
Tummy tuck gives the best results
It is good that you know all the options, but you have to place them in order. The procedure that will get rid of the excess skin, tighten the muscle and remove the excess fat is tummy tuck. All the other options you mentioned in your question give you an inferior results.
TUMMY TUCK ALTERNATIVES
If you desire the flattest and tightest abdominal contour, the only choice would be an Abdominoplasty including lipolysis and diastasis repair. The other treatments you mention are not as definitive and probably not give you the results you desire. Good luck.
Mini tummy tuck vs thermage
Velashape and thermage would not give you much of a result. Some sort of abdominoplasty would give the most dramatic result. If you have minimal loose skin above the belly button, a mini tummy tuck may be an option. This may involve some liposuction, possibly some tightening of the abdominal wall, and removal of skin in the lower abdomen without a belly button incision. An exam is obviously important to assess what areas need correction.