What Are Your Recommendations For Me For a Mommy Makeover? (photo)

I am looking to find a reliable affordable plastic surgeon to help me achieve my dream of tummy tuck surgery.... I am sure that i will need a tummy tuck and muscle repair (is that included in the surgery) and have been wondering if lipo on the inner thigh is enough or if a mini inner thigh lift will be REQUIRED (prefer to have least amount of surgery as possible) and full body contouring lipo with only a small amount of fat removed from most areas. below is what i am now

Doctor Answers 23

Tummy tuck considerations for patient with skin laxity #plasticsurgery #tummytuck

Based on the single photo that you provide, a tummy tuck would improve skin laxity, fattiness, umbilical shape and muscular weakness along your abdomen.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 65 reviews

Seek complete consultation.

Based on your picture, it’s safe to say that you would benefit from a full abdominoplasty with tightening of the underlying rectus muscles.Unfortunately, your pictures don’t provide adequate information to make a recommendation regarding liposuction of your hips and thighs.
It’s safe to say that it’s not unusual for patients who need abdominoplasty to also need liposuction of the thighs.Consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon who can perform a physical examination can help make this determination.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 194 reviews

Mommy makeover requirements

It's hard to comment on anything except your stomach from your picture, but it appears as though you'll get a great result from a full tummy tuck.

Jeffrey E. Schreiber, MD, FACS
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 201 reviews

Tummy tuck is just part of the picture.

Thanks for your photographs and for your question.

From your picture it indeed seems that you're an excellent candidate for full tummy tuck with muscle tightening Provided your skin tone is good it looks like you could benefit from liposuction of the frontal flanks and possibly from the back side as well.  Your plastic surgeon would have to have a sense of how would your skin tone is to tell you if this is appropriate for you.

Frontal flank liposuction helps define the curve of the hips.  posterior flank liposuction helps to make the love handles  look more subtle and accentuate the curve of the buttocks.

I do not liposuction the upper abdomen when I perform a tummy tuck because liposuction to the upper abdominal skin can lead to healing problems.  Suctioning of the frontal and posterior flanks does not inhibit the blood suppy or the healing.

From the photograph that you provided I cannot tell you if you are a good candidate for liposuction of the lower body.  Your surgeon would have to evaluate your skin tone in these areas as well.

Best of luck to you.

Adam Tattelbaum, MD
Washington DC Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 104 reviews

What Are Your Recommendations For Me For a Mommy Makeover?

The repair of the muscles is included in the price of the tummy tuck, yes. I cannot see you inner thighs though to determine what might be possible there.  I do think a full tummy tuck will be needed though, not a mini tummy tuck.

Julio Garcia, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Getting a tummy tuck is like getting your body before baby! Sometimes better--

You look like an excellent candidate for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) with some liposuction of your upper abdomen and hips. Yes, our fee does include tightening the muscles. As far as your breast go I would really have to see them to evaluate whether you would be fine with just a breast augmentation or will you need some kind of lift. The same goes with the liposuction verses mini medial thigh lift. I would need to see what needs to be done in that area. You do not want to do too much liposuction on the thighs at the same time as you do the tummy tuck. The breast and tummy tuck are fine to do together.


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William Aiello, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

Mommy Makeover is Associate with Very High Rate of Patient Satisfaction

Hi there-

You look like a great candidate for a tummy tuck (abdominopalsty), and generally speaking mommy makeover procedures are associated with extremely high rates of patient satisfaction (98% on RealSelf!).

Without more information and a physical examination though, it would be impossible (and irresponsible) to say whether or not you are a good candidate for liposuction or a breast procedure. I would caution you about liposuction of the lower extremities at the same time as a tummy tuck, as this greatly increases the risks of surgery...

Similarly, be careful that you do not compromise your safety and long term happiness in the name of "affordability"... I know many plastic surgeons who have "slashed prices" in order to remain competitive in the difficult economic climate we are now in, but can tell you that they have all done so by cutting corners that most definitely can affect your safety, outcome, and experience.

The key is to find a surgeon who can achieve your goals safely and for a fair price- one where the value of the experience and outcome is worth what you paid.

In other words, saving money won't matter to you if 6 months from now you hate how you look or experienced a terrible complication because your surgeon cut corners to save you money, or because you let an ER doctor do your tummy tuck because they were cheaper than a real plastic surgeon.

Similarly, if you have a wonderful experience and a lovely outcome with which you are very pleased for the rest of your life, you won't ever miss (at least in the longer term) whatever more you paid to have a talented and skilled surgeon perform your surgery.

Remember that what you will have to live with the consequences of the choices you make- be safe and happy by finding the best surgeon you can.

Armando Soto, MD, FACS
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 157 reviews

Tummy tuck

From your picture it appears that you would certainly benefit from a tummy tuck.  Whether or not liposuction alone will address your inner thighs is impossible to say without pictures and an exam.  It will depend on how much fat you have there and the quality of your skin.

Best regards,

Sanjiv Kayastha, MD

Sanjiv Kayastha, MD
Albany Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 68 reviews

Mommy makeover suggestions

mommy makeover suggestions:

  • you will do great with abdominoplasty
  • this includes muscle tightening
  • lipo of abdomen, waist , and flanks will enhance your results
  • can t see your thighs

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

Mommy makeover recommendations.

Your photo shows you should be a good candidate for TT surgery and likely you would benefit from some liposuction of your flanks to maximize the contouring of your waist.  If your abdominal muscles are found to be separated at the time of surgery, they are repaired as part of the tummy tuck.  How long your incision would be could only be determined by a physical exam.  There is no photo of your thighs so it's impossible to comment.  Best to see a board certified plastic surgeon to learn about your best options.

Jeffrey M. Darrow, MD
Boston Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 98 reviews

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