Would Laser Lipo Benefit Me at All? (photo)

Every since the birth of my 9lb son I have not been able to lose my stomach pudge. I have gone to 2 different surgeons for consultations. One did an ultrasound and said that my problem is visceral fat and only exercise could take care of it.He also said that I had very little subcutaneous fat. He also said I had strong abdominal muscles. The next consultation involved a nurse doing the exam and said that they could take care of it but dont know if the skin would tighten back up. What would you recommend?

Doctor Answers 4

Laser Lipo after Pregnancy...Will It Be Beneficial?

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Thank you for the helpful photo!  Evaluating the photo, it seems your pregnancy has caused a weakening in the abdominal wall (called diastasis recti), as well as weakened elasticity and outstretched skin of your central abdomen and flank area.  I think a tummy tuck with liposuction could greatly improve your contour.  I do not feel liposuction alone will give you the figure you desire, as you may still end up with persistent loose skin issues.  Ultimately, a live consultation with a trusted surgeon is recommended.

Atlanta Dermatologic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck will help

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Your pictures show stretch marks and weaken abdominal muscle. Tummy tuck will work. Please see a board certified plastic surgeon for consultation.

Kamran Khoobehi, MD
New Orleans Plastic Surgeon
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Would Laser Lipo Benefit Me at All?

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   Given the degree of skin laxity and the quality of the skin, a tummy tuck would probably produce the better result.  Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of tummy tucks each year.  Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Abdominal contour surgery

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Based solely on the photo it looks like you have poor skin quality and may be a better candidate for an excisional procedure like a tummy tuck.  You may also have a diastasis or weakness of the abdominal muscles. An exam in person is key.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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