Tummy Tuck Vs Laser Skin Tightening for Minimal Loose Skin After Pregnancy
- Asked by kygurl in Crestwood, ky
- 4 years ago
I've had three children via C-section, and a hysterectomy. I am 5'2 and 112 pounds and exercise a few times a week. Although my stomach looks flat when I am standing up, I have skin that hangs down when I bend over, with a few stretch marks that make it look gross. Would laser skin tightening be effective, or would I need a Tummy Tuck to correct this?
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Can you tighten the tummy with laser?
Thank you for this excellent question.
While a laser can be an excellent treatment in some areas of the body, particularly, the face, its ability to tighten skin in other areas continues to be disappointing.
Unfortunately when the skin is loose in the lower abdomen I do not believe the laser technology can create enough contraction of the skin to satisfy patients.
Skin removal in the form of mini or full tummy tuck still does the best job of removing lower abdominal excess skin and stretch marks.
Hope this helps.
Laser Liposuction and Skin Tightening May Be An Option
I agree with most of what the above doctors have said.
The laser liposcution enabled me to remove fat and tughten skin of the abdomen above the area of skin removal by the mini tummy tuck.
The laser liposuction alone has also created some dramatic results for me in the 70 year old patient pictured here.
If you have a separated tummy muscle, called a diastasis recti, or a hernia you will have to have the surgery.
If you are fit and have minor tummy fat and loose skin, as you suggest by the fact that you only see laxity when bending over, then the laser liposuction method may be all that you need.
The problem for you is finding a board certified plastic surgeon who uses this new technique which is not widely available yet.
DO NOT risk going to a medspa or doctor who is not certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Laser skin tightening vs Tummy tuck- a matter of degree!
Latest techniques in skin tightening, such as the Sciton Joule with it's revolutionary new cellulite busting mode, are capable of shrinking the skin, but to a degree. The real answer if a laser vs a scalpel is needed can only be made after a careful in person examination of the patient. It all comes down to how much elasticity is remaining in the skin. The more elastic the skin is, the more likely it is for me to be able to use a skin tightening laser and obtain a great result! Of course, there is nothing that can replace a surgeon's training and experience as far as the predictability of a good surgical result is concerned.
Web reference: http://www.lorenc.com/abdominoplasty-tummy-tuck/
Tummy Tuck Vs. Laser Skin Tightening
In my plastic surgery practice, we have a fully integrated medical spa including lasers for skin tightening. The results of laser skin tightening can be quite dramatic on the right patient. The areas that respond best are face, neck and upper arms. We have had patients experience great success with skin tightening of the knees and a few have even had great results with skin tightening of the tummy.
Having said that, laser skin tightening can be VERY unpredictable, particularly with regard to skin of the body. There are very few situations where we would even consider performing laser skin tightening of the abdomen.
If a patient has stretch marks, that generally means the skin has been compromised and will very like NOT respond to laser skin tightening. If there is significant redundant skin we would not attempt laser skin tightening of the face or body.
So, even in a practice with several patients who have experienced great results with laser skin tightening of the abdomen, I feel that this will be effective in a very small percentage of patients we see, and even the patient who might be a good candidate we are careful not to over promise what laser skin tightening can deliver in the abdomen.
For anyone considering laser skin tightening ot laser skin rejuvenation, seek this treatment from a board certified plastic surgeon who has more than option to offer you for whatever your concern. As they say, 'If your only tool os a hammer, then the whole world is a nail'. In almost all cases of excess skin in the abdomen, a tummy tuck is the best procedure.
Web reference: http://www.michaellawmd.com
Tummy Tuck gives more substantial results
Skin tightening technology based on laser or liposuction techniques (laser lipo, ultrasound or regular lipo) may make small differences in skin tightening. They have the advantage of being quick with minimal downtime in comparison to surgery. There is significant marketing pressure from the manufactures of many of these laser technologies so you have to sort through some of that.
Abdominoplasty on the other hand can make a significant difference in your abdominal contour by addressing significant amounts of excess skin as well as tightening your core abdominal muscles. The trade-off is requiring a general anesthetic and having a significant scar.
Typically patients with significant excess skin require an abdominoplasty.
I hope this helps.
Loose skin: TT vs laser
If you have loose skin with stretch marks, the best way to treat it is be removing the skin with either a tummy tuck or a mini-tummy tuck. Lasers can not effectively eliminate loose skin or stretch marks. An exam by a board certified plastic surgeon would give you a more accurate evaluation.
Tummy tuck vs Laser Liposuction for loose skin post-pregnancy, both can produce skin tightening
The key to what will best meet your expectations is to have an in-depth consultation with a board certified Plastic Surgeon who has all technologies to use for post pregnancy loose skin. The issues that should be evaluated have to deal with where you have minimal loose skin.Is it above or below your umbilicus. Do you see it when standing or sitting? A full tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck with laser tightening or traditional liposuction may all provide the answer to your question. The key is the consultation and that the surgeon has experience with all possible approaches. Good Luck
Web reference: http://www.casas.md/liposuction/liposuction-tummy-tuck/
Tummy tuck vs laser skin tightening
Without photographs it is difficult to answer your question with specifics. Based on your description it sounds like you would be a great candidate for a tummy tuck given the amount of excess skin that you describe. Our office has the Smartlipo triplex (laser lipo that produces skin tightening) with which I have extensive experience with. In addition we have multiple other radiofrequency skin tightening technologies than work as well to tighten the skin a bit. But the amount of skin you describe sounds like it would best be treated with a tummy tuck. Make a consultation with a surgeon in an office that has experience with these technologies so you they can give you an accurate assessment of which treatment is best for your based on your physical exam.
Tummy Tuck Vs Laser Skin Tightening for Minimal Loose Skin After Pregnancy. #tummy tuck #loose skin
Thank you for your question! After having three children the skin elasticity becomes more of an issue once you have lost your pregnancy weight. While there are skin tightening machines on the market, I have yet to be convinced they will tighten the skin adequately. Now, what I think is adequate may be different that what you envision for yourself. I would advise you to go to a clinic that has a board certified plastic surgeon who can assist you in making your decision. Hope this helps you!
Tummy Tuck Vs Laser Skin Tightening for Minimal Loose Skin After Pregnancy
The biggest trade off for you is will you accept the low pubic scar for a nearly perfectly flat abdomen which eliminates the stretch marks between your pubic region and your belly button. That flat abdomen of a tummy tuck is something that simply cannot be achieved with lipo alone. The muscle plication will give you the kind of flat abdomen you had before your child was born and the skin excision will eliminate completely the stretch marks that are below your belly button. You need to ask yourself whether the trade off for 2 weeks of downtime for your own goals will make you happy enough. Certainly if you have Vaser liposuction you don’t burn anybridges. You can come back for a tummy tuck later. Just listen to yourself and talk to an experienced plastic surgeon.
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