Tummy tuck or large volume lipo? (photos)

I had a pannus removed in 2011 due to a 147 lb weight loss (naturally) and was left with a huge stomach that mamakes me feel constantly sick. I've had many tests done and was told I have gallstones,ovarian cysts and a bad diastasis recti.. I'm a 42 yo grandma who looks 9 months pregnant.... I'm limited on exercise due to osteoarthritis and (OCD) of the knee... would a tummy tuck be enough to help? Thank you

Doctor Answers 5

Tummy tuck candidate

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Thank you for your question. It is hard to see in the photos you provided, but from the information and for what i can see, it looks like you are a good candidate for a full tummy tuck procedure which is a procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen and to restore the weakened abdominal wall, giving a firmer and smoother appearance. That said, you definitely have to choose your surgeon correctly and make sure that he/she has the training and experience to meet your goals with absolute safety. Best is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with specialized expertise in this procedure. 

Tummy tuck or large volume lipo?

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The photos are inadequate for any evaluation, we would need front and side views, not angled like these. But from your description it sounds like a true TT might be an option. You need to see a consultant for evaluation to get your answer. 

Tummy Tuck vs Liposuction

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  • You state that your pannus has been previously removed, but you are unhappy with your "huge stomach". Your pictures do not reveal your current situation, but it sounds like a combination of fat and separation of your abdominal muscles (diastasis recti). Liposuction can reduce the fat volume, but if you are after a 'smaller' abdomen, you will probably require tightening of the abdominal muscles, which is done with a tummy tuck.

Terry Zimmerman, MD
Folsom Plastic Surgeon

Tummy tuck or large volume lipo?

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Sounds like you would benefit more from a TT with mesh reinforcement than liposuction. Muscle plication in both the center and your sides will help "cinch" your waistline for a more appealing silhouette. The mesh will reinforce the muscle plication and provide added support as well as long term results. I've attached a link to explain the process better for you.
I hope this helps.
Best wishes,

Gary Horndeski M.D.

TT or Lipo

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Thank you for the question, the pictures are difficult to evaluate, I suggest better pictures, but for what I can appreciate maybe a Tummy Tuck will be a better option for you.

Best of luck

Disnalda Matos, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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