What should I do? I really want tummy tuck to be my last resort! Can I be a candidate for aggressive lipo full torso? (Photo)
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VASER Hi Definition Liposuction / Body Contouring with Fat Grafting and Tummy Tuck
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Thank you for your story, questions and posted photos.
1)we all have both internal fat (located on your internal organs and pushing your belly outward) and external fat (on top of your muscles). Internal fat can not be treated by either liposuction or tummy tuck...only weight loss.
2)You did not mention your current height or weight or if you have had children. We often calculate body mass index (BMI) that helps us give you better advice. I recommend that you attain you goal weight prior to surgery. If you have had children you most likely have a separation of the two vertical abdominal muscles (that are not repaired with liposuction).
3)their are three types tummy tucks:
a) traditional (muscle repaired from breast bone to pubic bone)
b) mini (muscle repaired from umbilicus (tummy button) to pubic bone)
c) extended (like traditional tummy tuck but extends around at to hip area
all will remove excess fat and skin of the lower abdomen. The remaining skin is stretched tight resulting in smooth abdominal appearance.
4)liposuction will remove only external fat but may leave your skin loose and hanging.
liposuction will not repair separated muscles
5)both liposuction and tummy tuck are often done together, except in the upper abdomen (May reduce blood flow and cause healing/flap problems at the tummy tuck incision.
6) the types of liposuction are:
a)traditional suction asst. Liposuction (SAL)
b) ultrasonic asst. liposuction (UAL)
c) power asst. liposuction (PAL)
d) laser asst. liposuction (LAL)
e) water asst liposuction (WAL)
are all effective and are secondary to the experience of the Plastic Surgeon.
7)non surgical methods to help "shrink skin" after liposuction use RF:
a) Vellashape III
b) Thermi tight
1) based on limited information and not being able to evaluate you in person I would recommend you reach your goal weight and then have a traditional tummy tuck and liposuction to contour the flank areas.
2) I suggest you make several appointments with different Plastic Surgeons who are Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ideally members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (denoting by membership as having met additional criteria and a focus on Cosmetic Plastic Surgery).
R. A. Hardesty, MD, FACS
Diplomate and Certified by the Am. Bd. of Plastic Surgery
4646 Brockton Ave
Riverside, Ca 92506
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So, unfortunately you are a great candidate for a Tummy Tuck and muscle repair in order to achieve a flat and tight abdomen and a super nice, small waist. The incision will only be see by you and your partner in the intimacy because it will be covered easily with a tiny bikini.
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I really want tummy tuck to be my last resort! Can I be a candidate for aggressive lipo full torso?
Jon A Perlman MD FACS
Certified, Am Bd of Plastic Surgery
Member, Am. Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS)
Beverly Hills, CA
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