Safe Way to Lose, Tighten or Improve Tummy Fat?

would lipo dissolve get rid of the flap of fat an skin caused by extreme edema during pregnacy,an a c/section at 36yrs old? I had my only baby at 36yrs old. I developed eclampsia in my 7th mth an as a result had 60pds of fluid weight which has left my tummy looking like a 90yr old with saggy,heavy tummy flap then had an emergency c/section which was done w/out any attempt to remove the massive amount of fat an strecthed out skin. I ve been unable to lose,tighten or improve my problem area sence the surgery in 2006.I have a severe multiple back injury an the added stress on my tummy is only making my injuries worse alot faster. What can I do safely?

Doctor Answers 14

Lipodissolve, fat, and skin

Beware of Lipodissolve. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has issued some warnings about it.

Read the weblink below about the issue of fat versus skin as far as making the choice between lipo and tummy tuck.

Check out the video link below for info about muscle repair.

Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 94 reviews


Do not use lipo dissolve to treat your condition. You most likely will need a full tummy tuck to treat your laxity and tighten your abdominal muscles.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Don't do lipodissolve for two reasons

I would recommend against Lipodissolve for two reasons: safety and efficacy. Lipodissolve has never been proven to be safe and, in fact, the substances injected are not FDA approved for any indication.

Secondly, it has not been shown to reliably dissolve fat. Even if it did, it sounds as if your problem is related to excess skin in addition to excess fat. There is no way that Lipodissolve could possibly improve your skin laxity.

For these reasons, you would be much better served with a tummy tuck, which can be combined with liposuction to the upper abdomen and flanks, if necessary.

Good Luck!

Jeffrey Horowitz, MD
Bel Air Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Excess tummy skin

It sounds you have extra skin, may be swelling in the skin.

You had severe complications during pregnancy.

See a BOARD CERTIFIED PS he/she will evaluate your skin, muscles and a full medical evaluation by your Family MD and give you their recommendations.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Post-pregnancy abdomen unlikely to be helped by injections

From your description, the issues are all of the things that a tummy tuck helps and none of the things that lipodissolve has been proven to do. Since there is already a C-section scar, that should not be a deterrent. Lipodissolve may help with small and localized fat accumulations but is not a realistic alternative to a tummy tuck. It isn't risk-free either.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 54 reviews

Lipodissolve MAY help fat but will do NOTHING for muscles or skin or back.

LipoDissolve = Lipo (fat) + dissolve. Your problems are due to a combination of loose skin, separated muscles, and some fat.  Therefore, removing the fat is treating only a part of the problem.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 82 reviews

You need to have an examination by a board certified plastic surgeon consultation

I would recommened that you get a cosultation with a board certified plastic surgeon . In the cosultation your doctor will recommened the best treatment for you. Based on the history and your condition ,you will need Tummy tuck.

Kamran Khoobehi, MD
New Orleans Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 125 reviews

Safe way to lose, tighten or improve tummy fat

It is hard without a photograph or an examination to postulate what procedure may best resolve your problem. But, it is safe to guess that IF an ABDOMINOPLASTY (Tummy Tuck) COULD be done, it would either largely or completely resolve all your stated issues.

Assuming that you are NOT morbidly obese or have serious medical problems, an Abdominoplasty would totally flatten your tummy, narrow your waist, remove all loose hanging skin, lift a sagging Mons pubis and, if a Lockwood Abdominoplasty is done, even lift your thighs and smooth cellulite dimpling.

There is a difference between "SAFE" and "RISK FREE". The procedure is extremely safe but, like all operation and human endeavors (driving, flying etc) is NOT risk free. Complications are uncommonly seen with it. The VAST MAJORITY of women are extremely happy they had it done and wished they had done it earlier.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

Tummy tuck is your best option


You sound like a really good candidate for a tummy tuck. Multiple pregnancies and surgery have undoubtedly weakened the muscles of your abdominal wall. Not only does this give an unsightly bulge to the abdomen, but it also can contribute to lower back pain. Tightened the abdominal wall muscles may help improve that pain.

In addition, the major fluctuations in weight you have experienced have probably compromised the elasticity of your abdominal wall skin considerably. Your best bet is to undergo skin and fat excision, which, along with tightening of the abdominal wall muscle, make up a tummy tuck procedure.

Your best bet is evaluation with a board-certified plastic surgeon for a comprehensive evaluation. All the best.

Sam Jejurikar, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

Options for tummy

Your situation would be best treated with a tummy tuck. Making it as safe and effective as possible is the bjob of your plastic surgery team. You can do other procedures that may be theorectically safer but you will never get the result you can get with a tummy tuck. Lipodisolve is not FDA approved and the things that they inject are "off label"

John P. Stratis, MD
Harrisburg Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

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