Am I absolutely not a candidate for just lipo? I may have another baby and a TT is not in the near future. (photos)
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About the Mommy Makeover
A Mommy Makeover is a combination of procedures to bring a woman’s body back to the way she looked prior to pregnancy. Most commonly some variation of a #TummyTuck and #BreastSurgery are performed. Additional procedures can include liposuction, umbilical hernia repair. The most common #breastprocedures include #mastopexy or #breastlift, #breastaugmentation, or #breastreduction.
#Combined operations are often performed with our #Gynecology colleagues. Tubal ligation is a common post pregnancy procedure which is done at the time of many of the surgeries included with a #MommyMakeover. If you require a gynecologic operation or study (laparoscopy) and are considering a plastic surgery procedure, discuss these issues with your physician and board-certified plastic surgeon. Also, combining these #procedures may decrease anesthetics, costs, and recovery time.
Your procedures should be performed by a #PlasticSurgeon who is board-certified and has a great deal of experience specializing in cosmetic #surgery. You will then greatly improve your chances of getting the result you desire, and, without the need for a revision surgery. It is suggested that you look at before and after photos of the surgeons actual patients, and read patient reviews. Gathering all of this information will help you make a well-informed decision.
Abdominoplasty and liposuction
A combination of liposuction and mini abdominoplasty would be an option as well at present.
If you are planning to have another pregnancy the best idea would be to postpone the operation and when you finish with your pregnancies you will decide to do a full abdominoplasty.
If you want to do something at present time I would advise you liposuction with mini abdominoplasty.
Liposuction - can it be done?
- If you are planning more children, you are right to postpone a tummy tuck.
- Liposuction can be done on your flanks and back and abdomen -
- The abdomen liposuction may leave you will loose skin.
- If that is a problem, it is often more effective to just have the skin removed under local anesthesia in the OR than to have skin tightening office procedures.
Best wishes - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS
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Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck
Essentially it depends on your starting point. If a patient has good skin quality, in that she has thick skin with lots of elasticity, few stretch marks or discolorations, and not a lot of overhang, then she is a good candidate for liposuction. Liposuction will remove some of the fat from the area, but does not address (and make actually make worse) the loose skin. It also doesn't tighten the six-pack (rectus abdominis) muscles. So it is a great option for volume, and not a good option at all for addressing redundant lax skin or stretched out muscles.
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) on the other hand, is the best way to address redundant skin, loose or separate muscles, and also address some of the volume of the excess fat. This gives a more complete revision of your abdominal contour.
If you are considering having more children, you should definitely postpone a tummy tuck. The best time to do a tummy tuck is when you are at a stable weight, with a BMI (body mass index) less than 30, and have completed your childbearing. While a tummy tuck would be the best operation for you based on the photos you have provided, I think you would get an excellent result with liposuction that would certainly tide you over until you are sure that you are through with pregnancies! Good luck.
Liposuction - Candidate?
Liposuction alone for sagging skin
Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck
Based on your photos, it appears you are a better candidate for a tummy tuck surgery however, most surgeon's would advise against a tummy tuck if you plan on having children in the future. I recommend discussing your goals with a board certified plastic surgeon.
Best wishes and good luck.
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon
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