Can Liposuction Be a Good Choice to Help Flatten the Tummy?

I cant do a TT due to my work. I'm 36 yro and has had 2 c-sections 5'4 and 169 lbs....I was over 208 over a year ago and I'm watching everything I eat

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Liposuction may be just what you need if tummy tuck is out of the question.

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Liposuction may be just fine if you can't take the time off for a tummy tuck since lipo is a great motivator to kick start your dieting and exercising programs. Good Luck.

Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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Can Liposuction Be a Good Choice to Help Flatten the Tummy

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Liposuction may help and it often complements other cosmetic surgical procedures. However, whether it will be the sole solution for you depends on the amount of body fat in the area of concern. If liposuction alone is not recommended, you may benefit from a tummy tuck with #liposuction.

Over the years, surgeons have improved procedures and found ways to eliminate the need for #drains commonly used in a #tummy #tuck or #abdominoplasty, and a variety of other operations. I have found that most of my patients do very well with the exception of those have large areas of liposuction or lipo-abdominoplasty. Any extra fluid may be reabsorbed back into the body without the use of drains.  I may use drains on a case by case basis for these patients. If you go to a plastic #surgeon who uses drains, or if your situation requires drains, they usually stay in 3-5 days but may be required to remain in longer. The use of tissue #glue is to adhere the abdominal #skin to the #muscle. It is a new option and alternative to sutures in a tummy tuck.

If you go to a plastic #surgeon who uses drains, or if your situation requires drains, they usually stay in 3-5 days but may be required to remain in longer. 

Your board-certified plastic surgeon will recommend the type best suited for you and if #liposuction is necessary. The most important decision to be made before performing any surgical procedure is determining whether you are an ideal #candidate. It's best to begin consulting with a board certified plastic surgery to learn if you are a candidate for either liposuction and/or a tummy tuck. If so, you will then learn more about which #technique will work best for you and your goals. Aside from checking board-certification, it is suggested that you look at before and after photos of the surgeons actual patients, and read patient reviews. Gathering all of this information will help you make a well-informed decision. Always discuss your issues and concerns with the Plastic Surgeon during and following your consultation. Information that you read online may not apply to your personal situation.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

Tummy tuck vs. Lipo for abdomen

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Without examining you, I can;t be sure, but if you lostg a lot of weight and had two children, you most likley have loose skin or weak muscles that would probably require a tummy tuck. 

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

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Liposuction to flatten the tummy

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Congratulations on the weight loss, you should be proud of yourself. Keep it off. Maintain a good exercise program and continue to observe a healthy diet. A liposuction surgeon can examine you and determine if the majority of your fat is under the skin and above the muscle wall. This is the ideal liposuction candidate with a localized fat deposit in the abdomen. If, however, the fat is mostly or significantly around the intestinal tract and behind the muscle wall, then liposuction can not make a flat stomach!

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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Liposuction to flatten the tummy

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If you have excess fat in the abdominal area but do not have excess skin also, then Liposuction is the appropriate surgery. It will remove the fat from under relatively taught skin and, thus, flatten the tummy. If, however, you have excess (loose) skin (you are likely to have this after pregnancy or weight loss) then the surgery needed is a tummy tuck that also removes the extra skin. With extra skin, you would have looser skin after Liposuction alone.

Robert T. Buchanan, MD
Highlands Plastic Surgeon

Flat Tummies with Liposuction

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You can't removed excess skin with liposuction. Liposuction is generally used to help shape your body, and though it does this by removing fat, it is more about sculpting than removing. If you feel that you skin is saggy, liposuction will probabably not achieve the results you want. 

Srdjan Ostric, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon

Liposuction and Tummy Tuck are 2 very different operations

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Although Tummy Liposuction and Tummy Tuck may be done on the same area of the body, they are two very different operations with different indications (IE reasons to operate), different goals and different capabilities.

LIPOSUCTION will remove and sculpt the fat under the skin. It will NOT do the job of a Tummy Tuck. It will NOT bring split tummy muscles together. It will not narrow the waist, remove all loose tummy skin, lift a sagging Mons pubis. None of these things a well-done Tummy Tuck WILL do.

If your goal is to remove a localized fat collection and look better in clothes but risk having obvious loose, maybe even hanging skin, then a liposuction is for you. On the other hand, if your goal is to end up with maximal tummy tightness and flatness, but at the cost of a transverse scar (hidden in the underwear), then nothing but a Tummy Tuck will get it for you.

Choose wisely.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

Liposuction can flatten the tummy.

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You really need to be examined. If you have too  much excess skin or a big separation of the muscles, liposuction alone may not be for you.  But for many women superficial liposuction (Gasparotti technique) can do wonders.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon

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