Tummy tuck? Full or partial? Other options? (Photo)
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The post-pregnancy body can be so hard to cope with, especially after c-sections. It's great that you're working out, and your weight sounds fine. Sometimes it's hard to get rid of the belly without surgery.
Your photos suggest that you may be a great candidate for abdominoplasty. This procedure removes excess skin between the belly button and the pubic area, and tightens the abdominal wall so that there is the effect of an internal corset. The mini-abdominoplasty is an option for some women who have only a mild amount of loose skin, well below the belly button. I see many women who have post-baby bellies like yours, and most will benefit from a full abdominoplasty.
Make sure that you can find enough time for recovery - at least 2-3 weeks off work.
I'd recommend that you consult with an experienced plastic surgeon. who can examine you in person and help you come up with a plan that will meet your goals.
Tummy tuck? Full or partial? Other options? (Photo)
Full Tummy Tuck
Thank you for your question.
Based on your goals, you may want to consider a full abdominoplasty.
I'd recommend booking a consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to determine what your options would be.
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There is almost never an indication for a mini tummy tuck.
First of of all I want to congratulate you on your weight and your workout regimen. You are doing a great job! When you look at someone's tummy you want to evaluate how loose skin, how weak their tummy muscles are and how much fat they have.
If the skin quality good, and the muscles are weak and the patient has excess fat, then the patient is a candidate for a mini scar tummy tuck.
If if you have the same patient in the last paragraph but she has little excess skin then she is a candidate for a moderate scar tummy tuck. The incision is a little longer in this operation and you remove a little more skin.
If you have loose skin and weak muscles then you are a candidate for a full tummy tuck. The Malibu tummy tuck is a full tummy tuck. If you look at the accompany video you will notice that the patients look really good in a bikini after surgery. They have natural looking belly buttons. I have patients in their 70's who are proud to wear bikinis after wards. All the patients wake up in no pain. After the Malibu tummy tuck recovery is a lot easier and quicker than traditional tummy tucks. The oldest patient I preformed this on is 80 years old. Recently I had a 64 year old who drove herself in for her 4 day follow up.
I hope this answer and video will help you.
Tummy tuck? Full or partial
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Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck): Information
Thank you for your story and photos. Unfortunately without a examination I can advise you in general terms, however I hope you will find them helpful.
Based on your photos you are a good candidate for a abdominoplasty. Obviously you entire medical history would need be reviewed prior to surgery.
The SPECFIC type of abdominoplasty performed will be based upon:
3) your Plastic Surgeons experience
After pregnancy and/or weight loss several physiological events occur that can not be corrected with just diet and exercise:
1) the skin looses some of its visco/elastic properties (ability to recoil) from being stretched. With further weight loss or liposuction the skin will sag further.
2) the space between two two rectus abdomenis muscles (which run from your rib cage to the pubic bone) become larger and does not return to their pre pregnancy/weight loss position referred to as diastasis recti. This results in the abdominal bulge when the muscles are relaxed.
3) in addition a c-section scar can aggravate the appearance of the hanging skin because of the scar attachment to the underlying tissues.
Liposuction alone will reduce the the amount fat, however the skin will hang more.
Liposuction is often incorporated/included with a abdominoplasty to help contour the flank areas (love handles/hip areas).
However it is not advised to perform liposuction of the upper abdomen at the time of abdominoplasty for fear of injuring the blood vessels that supply the lower abdominal tissue. This liposuction can often be completed under local anesthesia several months after healing of the abdominal incision.
I recommend that you:
1) make a list of your questions
2) make several consultative appointments with Plastic Surgeons who are experienced and Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In addition ideally they are members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (denoting by membership as having met additional criteria and a focus on Cosmetic Plastic Surgery).
I wish you my best and success,
R. A. Hardesty, MD, FACS
Diplomate and Certified by the Am. Bd. of Plastic Surgery
4646 Brockton Ave
Riverside, Ca 92506
You would be a great candidate for a full tummy tuck and liposuction of the entire torso. This will give you the best shape possible by addressing all three layers: muscle, fat, and skin. Go visit a few surgeons expert in body contouring. Certification by the ABPS and membership with the ASAPS are important too.
Best of luck!
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