Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck without weight loss? Should I consider lipo and where? (Photo)
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Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck without weight loss? Should I consider lipo and where?
Options to a Tummy Tuck
Although you might benefit from liposuction of the upper back and hips, I am very confident you will be disappointed in the results of a tummy tuck at your current height and weight. The problem is most of your fat in the anterior abdomen is located around the internal organs within the abdominal musculature or abdominal wall. There are two goals of a full tummy tuck, to tighten the skin and tighten the muscles to yield a flat stomach. No surgeon is going to be able to tighten those muscles sufficiently to give you a result you are pleased with.
Your three courses are: (1) Do nothing; (2) Consider bariatric surgery to lose 75+ pounds in which case body contouring would be much more likely to give you a result you are pleased with and that you will feel was worth the trouble, expense and downtime; (3) The last option if you do not want to consider bariatric surgery is to consider a panniculectomy which means excision of the lower roll of skin and fat (panniculus) going from hip to hip with a low-lying scar and consider liposuction of the upper abdomen if there is enough subcutaneous fat to make a difference.
I hope this has been helpful to you.
Robert D. Wilcox, MD
Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck without weight loss? Should I consider lipo and where
Thank you for your question. It is hard to fully give you answer based on your photos without an examination. It appears that you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck with liposuction of the flanks and lower back. Best wishes!
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Tummy tuck is a valid option for you
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