C section scar revision and lipo or mini tummy tuck? (photos)
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MIni tummy tuck
This is a good question and I thank you for the picture. This is a matter of semantics. You have skin excess and a "stuck" scar. This is corrected by "scar revision" or Mini tummy tuck. It is a matter of degree. Both will improve the situation. An in person exam and discussion of your true desires is needed. A mini tuck will tighten your tummy more and may be indicated based on your expectations for improvement.
You have a tethered C-section scar which can be revised. This can be carried out with liposuction of the fulness you have on your abdominal wall.
As you do not have a large excess of skin, unless there is significant laxity of the muscles, abdominoplasty is not indicated.
Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck would allow your plastic surgeon to re align your lower muscles to flatten the bulge that is seen on your side view. The excess lower abdominal skin would be removed, making that scar line flat though a little longer than what it is currently. The skin that is removed should be taken from above AND below your current scar line. If too much is taken from above the scar line, your resulting scar could end up too high. The down time is definitely shorter than a full tummy tuck.
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Full tummy tuck with lipo
Based on your photos, I would recommend a full tummy tuck with muscle tightening for a nice flat abdomen please consult carefully with a board certified PS best of luck!
Dr. Derby Sang Caputo
thank you for your question and your photo.
I suggest you to consult a board certified PS and go over all your concerns.
Best of luck.
Scar revision vs. Mini
The pictures that you have submitted do not allow for enough evaluation to answer your question. Your best course of action is a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon.
C section scar revision and lipo or mini tummy tuck?
Thank you for the question and pictures. Exactly which operation you should undergo will depend mainly on your personal GOALS. My best suggestion: seek consultation with board-certified plastic surgeons who can demonstrate lots of experience achieving the types of outcomes you would be pleased. Communicate your concerns/goals carefully. After careful physical examination, your plastic surgeon will be able to guide you when it comes to the best operation to proceed with, in order to achieve an outcome that you will be pleased with. Remember that the operation associated with the "shortest downtime possible" (C-section scar revision), may or may not achieve the desired aesthetic outcome.
What is the best tummy operation for me
Thank you for asking about your liposuction and tummy tuck.
I believe you need to see a plastic surgeon to discuss your goals and to be examined to know what changes occurred in your body from pregnancy and the best treatment. Your photos do not provide enough information to give you good advice. Sorry - and wish it were possible.
Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS
Mini tummy tuck vs scar revision and lipo
Thank you for your question.
The photos you posted are not very helpful, it does not show your upper abdomen at all. It is hard to determine by pictures alone what you would need, an in person evaluation would be best. If you do not have laxity to the upper abdomen you may be able to just do liposuction and the scar revision. But if you have any laxity above the umbilicus or muscles need tightened then you would require more.
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