Do I need a full tummy tuck, mini or just lipo? (Photo)

Do I need a full tummy tuck or a mini tuck or just lipo? I had lipo only to the front of my stomach 3months ago! Can my hernia be removed with either? How is a hernia removed?

Doctor Answers 5

Tummy tuck or just lipo?

The hernia can only be fixed with either a mini or full abdominoplasty.  With the amount of skin laxity that I see above the belly button, I would recommend a full abdominoplasty.


Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Full TT

You would benefit from a full tummy tuck plus umbilical hernia repair. With these procedures your muscle laxity, hernia, and skin excess may all be addressed.  

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Carlos Burnett, MD, FACS
Westfield Plastic Surgeon
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Do I need a full tummy tuck, mini or just lipo?

Thank you for your question. You had lipo 3 months ago, so no more lipo at this time. At this time I recommend you wait 3-4 months and reevaluate. If you have excess skin tummy tuck can be done and hernia can be fixed at the same time.

Ven Erella, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Do I need a full tummy tuck, mini or just lipo?

Since you already had lipo, you may want to consider a tummy tuck. However, an in-personal evaluation would be the best way to answer your questions. See link below for examples. 

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 68 reviews

Do I need a full tummy tuck, mini or just lipo?

Thank you for the question.  Unfortunately, the photograph is not of sufficient quality to allow for accurate assessment and/or specific advice. Generally speaking, the “ideal” patient for tummy tuck surgery is one who has completed pregnancies, is psycho socially/emotionally/financially stable, has an excellent social support system surrounding him/her, is capable of arranging enough recovery time, does not smoke and who has reached a long-term stable weight.

 A hernia, by definition, is a defect (or hole) in the abdominal wall fascia;  this defect is  usually repaired utilizing sutures and/or mesh.   Please make sure you are working with a well experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. I hope this, and the attached links, helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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