I want several procedures. Which should be first and why? (photos)
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Making a mommy-make over plan
Thank you for your question about your mommy make--over planning.
- You can definitely have the tummy tuck, flank liposuction, breast lift and implants at one session.
- Time permitting, neck liposuction can be done then too.
- Facial liposuction is not a good idea - it can leave visible track marks and damage nerves.
- Botox is not used to plump the lips but filler is - it is usually best done in the office, not at surgery, because the pressure of the anesthetic breathing tube makes it difficult to get your best result.
- The total body liposuction and BBL can be done at one time - and usually are done first with a 3-6 month wait between surgeries depending on how much liposuction is done on the abdomen.
- So find a surgeon who is right for you and come up with a final plan.
- Be sure you understand the limitations of the fat transfer to the hips -
- Results are unpredictable compared to buttock implants placed in the muscle which are permanent.
Always consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes, Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD
Where should you start?
You may not like this answer, but your first goal should be weight loss. 5'8" and 190lbs is not a bad weight, but your fat is distributed in your belly. It appears as though you have quite a bit of visceral fat (fat surrounding the organs and under the muscle wall). That fat can't be treated with a tummy tuck or liposuction. If you are able to lose some of that fat, which is typically the first to go, I think you will make a good candidate for a tummy tuck with liposuction. Good luck!
Which Procedure should be First?
It is all about your priorities. From what you said it sounds like the list is tummy, breasts, face in that order. Aggressive liposuction to define a waistline and slim your tummy someone would be first recommended. Following this, one might be happy with the final result or want to go on for a tummy tuck to tighten the muscles and further flatten the abdomen. Your breasts appear to be good candidate for implants. I doubt you will need a breast lift. Liposuction under your chin will make you look 20 pounds lighter. Fillers rather than Botox would be nice for your lips. I hope this helps.
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Congratulations on your four children! Thanks for your questions and helpful photos.
I would suggest getting within 10-15 pounds of your ideal body weight prior to surgery. Your results will change if you lose weight after surgery. Also, you decrease risks of complications during surgery and recovery if you have a healthy BMI.
If you don't plan to lose weight and have been stable for 3-6 months, I would recommend doing upper back liposuction and tummy tuck first. The tummy tuck should include liposuction of the flanks.
A few months after these procedures, you can shift gears to your breasts and face. Of course a physical exam + breast measurements will be necessary for a formal diagnosis, but it appears as though you would benefit from a mastopexy and breast augmentation to lift the breasts and increase volume.
Botox is rarely injected in the lips, though sometimes it can be administered around the lips for smoker lines. I don't think you would benefit much from this. Botox helps prevent muscles from forming active wrinkles; fillers (we use Juvederm most often) help increase volume in wrinkled areas or areas with diminished volume (such as your lips). That said, I would recommend a syringe or two of filler to your lips if you want a more youthful appearance. I would not recommend liposuction in the cheeks; but liposuction to the neck, as well as a necklift, would give you a more chiseled and youthful profile.
I recommend an in-person exam and consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to achieve your goals. Best of luck, and please do keep us posted!
Which first? Mommy makeover
I would find a board certified plastic surgeon in your area who can give you options for combinations that she/he is comfortable with. I usually tell my patients to start with the area that bothers them the most and then work from there. However if you are set on doing multiple procedures then there are certain combinations that make more sense for recovery. If you are set on definitely doing all the things you stated then I would recommend BBL (taking fat from the abdomen, back, flanks, and thighs if needed). Then at a second surgery do the tummy tuck, along with lift and implants. That way you can use the fat from the abdomen for the BBL prior to excising the extra tissue at the tummy tuck. I do think you would benefit from a tummy tuck more than just lipo so the rectus muscle can be tightened and the extra skin removed. The facial lipo is probably best saved for the second surgery since you'll be lying on your stomach for the BBL and don't want the extra swelling in your face from lying on your stomach. Botox is performed in the office. Some surgeons will perform a BBL and tummy tuck at the same surgery but the recovery is more difficult since you'll need to stay bent at the waist for the tummy tuck and need to keep off of your buttocks for the BBL. Best wishes!
What should be first and why?
Far more important than the technique is the skill and experience of your plastic surgeon. Choose your surgeon rather than the technique and let them explain why one technique may be better than another. See the below link on some suggestions on finding the most qualified Plastic Surgeon for a consult.
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Thank you for your question and your photos.
Based on your photos i can totally a sure you you are a great candidate for a Mommy make over. i would recommend you a two step plan because its impossible to do it all at once. Your first part would be a full tummy tuck combined with a lipo in all areas needed and a BBL. In the second phase a breast lift with implants because you lack a lot of volume and for facial desires.
best of luck
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