Getting full TT with muscle repair Jan 2012. Looking at before and after photos many people have some lipo or body sculpting done. Wondering if full TT will remove ANY fat in the lower abs. Just "in general." I'am 5'4", 128lbs,4 children,one 10lbs then another 15 months later I weighed 220 at the birth! I have good muscle tone under the stretched skin. Stretch marks 2-3" above BB, I know they will remain. Normally will would TT insision go far enough to lift outer thigh AT ALL? hopping a little.
Does a Tummy Tuck Remove Any Fat?
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Fat removal with tummy tuck
Does a tummy tuck remove lower abdominal fat?
A tummy tuck involves removal of the lower abdominal skin with fat and also usually tightening of the muscle. Depending on the amount of fat located in the lower abdomen the fat removed may be minimal to excessive. Often, liposuction of the hips is also performed in order to best impprove the waistline.
Tummy Tuck and Fat Removal
A tummy tuck involves three main aspects of improvement: the removal of excess skin, the tightening of the muscle fascia and the removal of the lower abdominal fat. The lower abdominal fat is completely removed with the excess skin superficial to it.
Additional fat can be removed from the hips and lower back to provide a proportionate truck. Fat on the upper abdomen and upper outer sides may need to be reduced at a separate time. These are the areas that supply the abdominal skin with blood, and if fat is removed from them, the risk of the abdominal skin dieing increases. Some doctors will contour this area "conservatively"; however, the only truly conservative approach is to save the contouring until after the tummy tuck has healed.
Tummy tucks may provide a small lift the the upper aspect of the anterior thigh, but should not be expected to lift the lateral thigh. To lift the lateral thigh, the incision would need to be extended to the back. This is done in cases of massive weight loss with a lower body lift.
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Tummy Tuck and Fat Removal?
Thank you for the question.
Congratulations on your weight loss and your upcoming tummy tuck surgery. Generally patients are very pleased with the results of this procedure.
With this operation “excess” skin and adipose tissue of the lower abdominal wall will be removed. Abdominal wall muscle re-approximation will also be performed. The extent of the decision will depend on the extent of the redundant skin and adipose tissue.
You should adjust the areas of concern with your plastic surgeon to determine the length of the planned incision.
Removing Fat During A Tummy Tuck
The most common reason patients seek having the Tummy Tuck procedure is to get rid of the bulge in their belly and to tighten the abdominal wall. Lower abdominal fat is addressed as needed during the procedure. The excess skin and muscles are also tightened. This leaves the patient with a defined and tightened abdominal contour. Some patients even state that their stomach looks better post-operatively than it did even before they had children.
To learn more, please visit our page on potential complications of a tummy tuck procedure.
Removal Of Fat During Tummy Tuck
The fat removed during a tummy tuck varies from patient to patient as well as among surgeons. All full tummy tucks remove the fat from the lower central abdomen. I usually suction fat from the flanks during a tummy tuck without additional charge. A standard tummy tuck does not lift the lateral thighs. You would need a lower body lift or, at least, an extended tummy tuck to accomplish this.
Fat is removed in a tummy tuck with the excess skin
A tummy tuck involves the removal of excess skin and the adherent fat (in addition to tightening of the underlying abdominal wall). Liposuction can be done as an ancillary procedure for additional contouring of the abdomen. It also can be performed concurrently elsewhere to obtain a more global improvement in one's contours.
Tummy tuck will remove skin and fat
The excess skin and fat of the lower abdomen will be removed during a traditional tummy tuck. The abdominal wall will also be tightened during the procedure, giving you a flatter profile. Your lateral thigh will not see much change unless you undergo an extended tummy tuck; discuss this in detail with your plastic surgeon before surgery.
Does a TT remove lower abdominal fat or lift thights?
Part of the tummy tuck procedure is to completely remove the lower abdominal tissue - skin and fat. The problem is often the upper abdominal fat, which is risky to aggressively liposuction at the time of the procedure and may need to be done later. Regarding a thigh lift, it is best not to expect too much in this regard, since abdominoplasties are not intended to lift the thighs and will likely not have an impact on this area.
Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty removes excess abdominal skin and fat, tightens the muscles
of the abdominal wall, and can remove scars and stretch marks below the level of the belly button. The scar is placed low to be hidden in the "bikini" line, and the skin up to the level of the umbilicus, or belly button is removed. The abdominal muscles are exposed up to the upper abdoman and then plicated or sewn across the midline for tightening and to help hold the abdominal contents in place. Sometimes we add liposuction of the hips to the procedure to help bring in the waistline. Generally speaking, the incision does not go far out enough to lift the lateral thighs, although for the appropriate patient, we can extend the incision around to the back to lift the lateral thighs and buttocks (the so called belt lipectomy or belt lift). It sounds like you are a good candidate for this surgery, and we wish you luck...