Age 37, 6 Babies. Is Panniculectomy an Option?

Im 5'8" 170 lbs and I have had some smart lipo done in the past year. My plastic surgeon says she dont she where I need muscle repair but after 6 pregnancies (are u serious). I did have my kids very young had the last one at only 24 so can this be the reason I dont need muscle repair cause skin bounced back quicker when your young. Im confused and I just want good results dont wanna be unhappy with my results from a panniculectomy when I could have had the full tummy tuck instead.

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Age 37, 6 Babies. Is Panniculectomy an Option?

 Generally speaking, the tummy tuck operation provides for a more aesthetically pleasing outcome than a panniculectomy operation. The tummy tuck operation is best done once you have reached your long-term stable weight. In my practice, I would patients the panniculectomy operation at any point, if they have reached a plateau with your diet and exercise program, and simply wish to have the lower abdominal wall skin/adipose tissue removed. Keep in mind, that patients who undergo surgery when they are overweight, are exposed to greater risks.

My best suggestion: seek consultation with board-certified plastic surgeons who can demonstrate significant experience achieving the types of outcomes you will be pleased with. Then, learn about options, and the pros/cons/risks/complications associated with each option. You may find the attached link, dedicated to patients who have experienced significant weight loss, helpful to you as you learn more. Best wishes.

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Tummy Tuck vs Panniculectomy

Tummy tuck is mainly to improve shape and contour by plicating your core tight then re-draping the skin. Without the core tightening (muscle repair), its not a tummy tuck, but a panniculectomy (skin and fat resection). Pregnancy (esp 6) almost always requires tightening of your core. If insurance is paying then  panniculectomy only, no core tightening by PS.. See a board certified plastic surgeon.

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