After 4 children, my skin needs tightening. What would you recommend? Are both procedures invasive to the same degree
Tummy Tuck or Lipsuction in New York City?
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Tummy Tuck or Lipsuction
By your description of four children and skin needing tightening you do not sound like a candidate for liposuction alone as this procedure just removes fatty tissue and relies on the skin to retract on it's own.
With stretched skin and four children, the underling muscles likely are separated (diastasis recti) and you would be a better candidate for a tummy tuck.
Tummy tucks usually are longer recovery as the incisions are larger, the muscles are tightened and drains are often used. Photos would be helpful, but never a replacement for a personal consultation with a reputable plastic surgeon in you area.
Tummy tuck vs liposuction
I would be great if you post some pictures if you , biut if you have extra skin and muscle is not tighten you wil need a combination of both , TT to repair condition of muscles, resection of the extra skin and liposuctions of waist line to contour and give you a nice shape , TT itself does not improved the waist , and does not remove fatty deposits . all procedures are a risk depending on the condition of each patient , the habits of the patient and under the selection of the surgeon, if this are both ok risks are low .
Candidate for an abdominoplasty
More than likely you would not be a candidate for liposuction if you have loose skin of the abdomen.
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Tummy Tuck almost always after 4 kids
Have a tummy tuck but first send us photos. We are blind without photos and cannot wisely advise you. We can only guess. Yes both are surgery and absolutely invasive. Send photos. My Best , Dr C
Tummy tuck better than lipo after 4 pregnancies
Liposuction removes fat but does not tighten skin very much, even with lasers or ultrasound. After 4 pregnancies it seems unlikely that your skin tone would be good enough to do liposuction. Plan on a full tummy tuck, which does have a longer recovery time but worth it.
Skin tightening post pregnancy
Thank you for your question. I would recommend you see a board certified plastic surgeon who performs abdominoplasty and liposuction. I would say without an examination chances are you are more of a candidate for an abdominoplasty after 4 pregnancies. Chances are the muscle layer is somewhat stretched out and the skin you describe as needing tightening. Liposuction will make the amount of fat you have in an area less full with a small amount of tightening is all. good luck.
Excess, loose skin is repaired with a tummy tuck. If you have prominent love handles, perhaps some lipo can be done at the same time. But basically, in my hands a TT seems like the way to go. Obviously you need to be seen for a final determination.
Tummy tuck or liposuction New York City?
Your history of having 4 children and needing tightening of your abdomen strongly suggests that you are in need of a Tummy tuck. Liposuction is only for removal of fat when the skin tone is satisfactory. You need to consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and be evaluated. Good luck!
Tummy Tuck or Liposuction in New York City?
If you truly have loose skin you would be a better candidate for a tummy tuck. Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of tummy tucks and liposuction 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