Should I consider Lipo or Tummy tuck? And if I were to get pregnant in the future would that cause any damage? (photo)
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Should I consider Lipo or TT? And if I were to get pregnant in the future would that cause any damage?
When do you operate?
The key is to find a surgeon who understands how to perform lipoabdominoplasty, or ideally, high definition liposculpture.
The question of future pregnancy is important. It may distort the result. The best operative results are always present when the patient is at a stable weight. In no way should this prevent a successful pregnancy, but it is difficult to perform a second abdominoplasty. Best to wait until you know for sure.
You sound like you have a lot going on in your life. Make sure that you make time to heal. Give yourself at least several weeks to reucuperate before returning to a physically demanding job. Best of luck!
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Lipo and Tummy tuck
Ideal liposuction candidates are:
- Adults within 30% of their ideal weight who have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone
- Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
- Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for body contouring
Based on your pictures I recommend to combine liposuction and tummy tuck. The combination of a liposuction with the a traditional tummy tuck has become a very common procedure. It is safe to combine the two procedures mainly to address the hip and flank areas. This is a very effective way to extenuate the contour of the waist along with the abdominoplasty. It is also important to realize that there is usually a limit on how much fat can be remove in a combined procedure.In general you may be a good tummy tuck candidate if:You are physically healthy and at a stable weight You have realistic expectations You are a non-smoker You are bothered by the appearance of your abdomen. Also The fat transfer, often called Brazilian butt lift has become extremely popular because it allows your plastic surgeon to transform your entire shape. You improve your waist, hips and of course your buttock.
I also recommend to visit a board certified plastic surgeon for a person evaluation and to talk about your goals.
Good luck :)
Liposuction could be added as a supplement to other areas and indeed, with newer techniques such as "safe Lipo", you could even achieved results that would utilize both procedures at the same time. Of course, Smoking is a no no as this could present problems. Although pregnancy has not been shown to be an issue in patients who have previously had an abdominal plastic, it is certainly recommend that if you are planning for their pregnancies, waiting would be your best option.
Finally, it is also not uncommon to take the fat that is used during these procedures and place it into other areas of the body such as the breast or buttocks.
In any case, I would recommend a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon who is experienced in these matters. I hope this helps and have a wonderful day. Dr Kayser - Detroit
Tummy tuck or lipo; what if I get pregnant after?
Should I consider Lipo or Tummy tuck? And if I were to get pregnant in the future would that cause any damage?
Most plastic surgeons would suggest that you finish having children before undergoing a full abdominoplasty with repair of the stretched out abdominal muscles, which will produce the best long term cosmetic result.
There are other options that exist for the appropriate patient: A wedge excision of the lower abdominal excess tissue without repair of the muscle, liposuction in conjunction with the wedge excision, or liposuction alone, which will not produce the same cosmetic result as a full tummy tuck
Pregnancy following tummy tuck surgery is possible and is not dangerous, but if you think that there may be future pregnancies, you should wait to have surgery until you are done having children, since pregnancy will stretch out the skin and abdominal muscles again, usually undoing the repairs that were achieved with the abdominoplasty. In that case, a secondary tummy tuck to repair recurrent muscle laxity or loose skin may be beneficial. Most plastic surgeons suggest that you finish having children before undergoing an abdominoplasty with repair of the stretched out abdominal muscles.
Robert Singer, MD FACS
La Jolla, California
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