Liposculpture for Flabbiness and Stretch Marks?

I'm 22 and I had a baby 16 months ago. I gained 60 pounds and was left with 30 pounds of flabbiness and a whole lot of stretch marks. Is it possible for that fat to be injected in my buttocks and calves, then cut the rest off? I don't want a tummy tuck because of the huge scar. Will Liposculpture do the job without major scars?

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Liposculpture for flabbiness and stretch marks.

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Stretch marks are the cause of skin that has been damaged by expansion. With that being said, Liposuction would not help remove stretch marks or loose skin. Sounds like you would be a candidate for a tummy tuck, if you are done having children. Patients will trade the tummy tuck scar for the results achieved from a tummy tuck. Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon, who is experienced in liposuction and tummy tucks to be examined and answer your questions.

Tampa Plastic Surgeon
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Liposculpture for Flabbiness and Stretch Marks?

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-- Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well.. This is the surgical procedure that revolutionized cosmetic surgery becoming one of the most performed cosmetic procedures. Subcutaneous tissue or fat is removed in order to contour the body in a way that is harmonious and pleasing to the senses. It can be performed in almost all regions of the body such as the neck, chin, abdomen, back, buttocks, thighs, arms and ankles. Usually done through a small incision in the skin through which a cannula connected to a vacuum is applied, it can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures. After liposuction your body is going to be really swollen for at least 2 to 4 months after your surgery. It is important for you to wear your compression garment for at least 6 months, the first 3 months 24/7 and then the last 3 months at least 12 hours per day for your body get use to not having the faja for so many time. When you remove it, your body can get swollen and also you can have pain. Remember to also compress your body to prevent a seroma which is an accumulation of liquid that has to be drained, it is hard to touch and also really painful. Bruises are completely normal for almost 3 months from surgery, that’s why is better for you to use a bruising cream and apply it all over your body 3 times a day. To prevent bad circulation and swollen legs, use compression socks. Brazilian butt lift can be performed with the same procedure and for a month it will be swollen and it will drop a little bit without losing it’s shape if you use your garment.. If you’re going to perform liposuction on your inner, outer, anterior, lateral, postetior thighs, be careful and consult with your surgeon what’s best for you, sometimes we have more extra skin than fat, that can cause severe sagginess on our legs, which can be only be reversed performing a thigh lift!

Tania Medina de Garcia, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Liposculpture for Flabbiness and Stretch Marks?

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It sounds like you have developed a lot of loose skin in the abdomen.  Unfortunately, liposuction will not "tighten" loose skin anywhere in the body.  Significantly loose skin is usually corrected by skin excision.  If you are bothered by the idea of a tummy tuck scar, then consider having only liposuction and fat grafting.  I would recommend that you be evaluated by an experienced board certified plastic surgeon to determine what will work best for you.  Best of luck!

Paul Fortes, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction won’t help stretch marks, but can help sculpt your figure.

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There are a few reasons why women notice a post-pregnancy paunch: first, because of excess fat that settles around the abdomen; second, because the muscles have separated after the pregnancy and are now stretched out; third, because the skin itself has been overstretched during pregnancy and isn’t springing back to normal like it should. Liposculpture can only remove excess fat. If your belly is due to muscle or skin laxity, these would need to be repaired through a tummy tuck. Liposuction works best on patients who have already reached their target weight, so if you’re still 30 pounds above and beyond where you’d like to be, lose the weight first and then schedule a few consultations.

Liposuction after children

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There are several factors when a young lady wishes improvement in the abdomen after having their first child or children.

First, a combination of changes occur including stretch marks, muscle widening, extra skin and/or fat that can feel chubby that may want to be improved.

Second, more pregnancies may occur.

A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is usually not performed until a women has decided that she does not want any more children, but pregnancy after a tummy tuck has happened.

A person should initially attempt to lose weight back to her desired amount.  This is the safest and most cost effective treatment for you.  In reality this is difficult for people to do.  So if you find a weight you are comfortable at then a patient can see a plastic surgeon.  They may still suggest losing weight first for your safety.

If your weight is reasonable stable and there is not a significant risk to procede, then the options are liposuction vs a tummy tuck.

If you plan on more children, then liposuction is the only option.  The amount of skin retraction will depend on the elasticity of your skin.  Stretch marks, generally, signify the skin is less likely to retract back to a flat abdomen. 

if you are done having children, then both liposuction and a tummy tuck are options.  Occasionally a combination of the two can be done.  Nobody wants the larger scar of a tummy tuck, but this usually gives the best result as it can correct all the changes that occurred during pregnancy.  Liposuction can only remove the fat.  The results of this can be variable on the remaining skin.  Most women accept the scar as a reasonable trade off of the greatly improved abdominal contour. 

With liposuction and/or a tummy tuck, fat can be removed and place in the buttock, face or other areas.

Scott Haupt, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon

Liposuction vs. tummy tuck - Los Angeles

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Patients who do not want large scars may be candidates for tummy tucks.  Based on examination, it would be important to see if you are now a candidate for liposuction with your stretch marks. Raffy Karamanoukian, Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction vs. tummy tuck

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  In my experience, the normal "bulge" that women see after delivering will often respond to liposuction which works best specifically to improve contour in cases like this.  but it will not help with stretch marks.  It does not sound like you would be a good candidate for a tummy tuck as 1. it may not be necessary and 2. you must be willing to accept a relatively long incision for improved body contour.  Good luck!

Lawrence Kass, MD
Saint Petersburg Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Liposuction Candidate?

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Thank you for the question.

Based on your history and description you are not a good candidate for liposuction surgery.  Because of your concern for  "huge scars” you are also not a candidate for tummy tuck surgery.

Best wishes.

Liposculpture for post baby weight

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In this case, it’s hard to comment without seeing the patient in person.  If there is a lot of excess skin, then a tummy tuck may be the best solution. With liposculpture, the skin will usually retract pretty well, but not if there are like 5 inches of extra skin. The scars from liposculpture are very small and it’s a great procedure, but I’d have to see it to know if it will work well in this case. Sometimes we use laser with it to tighten the skin so that may be a possibility.   For the other question, yes we can transfer fat to the buttocks very successfully but we usually don’t transfer it to the calves.   I would suggest this patient have a consultation with an experienced dermatologic surgeon to determine the best options.

Kimberly Butterwick, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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Stretch marks, small butt, droopy belly and thin calves: what's a girl to do?

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Fat can be taken from the abdomen and injected into the buttocks, Injection into the calves is less predictable and more prone to complications in some individuals. IF you remain well above your ideal body weight, your best option is to lose weight. There are few successful interventions for non-surgical treatment of stretch marks. Therefore your best bet is a tummy tuck.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 86 reviews

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