Tummy tuck or mini-tuck and /or with liposuction to abdomen and flanks? Which would be the best for me? (photo)
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You have a nice figure already. What procedures you opt for depends on how shapely you want to get. A full tt with muscle tightening will give an excellent result.Your bb should look much better. I noticed your buttocks are flattish. Fat injections at the same time will improve your contour as well.
I would not do a mini-tuck.
A tummy tuck can be done as a solitary procedure. Many times the results are enhanced by adding liposuction to the hip and love handle area. A tummy tuck is also done in combination with a breast augmentation in a mommy makeover.
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Mini-tuck or Full tummy tuck for me?
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Full Tummy Tuck Vs. Mini Tummy Tuck - Depends on Your Muscles & Skin Laxity
Which procedure is best depends on both your anatomy and your expectations. If all of the issues are below the belly button and the belly button looks good, and the muscles are in good shape, then a mini tummy tuck is appropriate – it removes lax skin and fat on the lower abdomen and can be combined with liposuction for the upper abdomen and flanks.
If the muscles are separated or you feel the belly button is saggy, then you would need a full tummy tuck to solve those problems. Liposuction can be done into the flank and thigh area with either procedure. Typically, after pregnancy, the full tummy tuck is needed to address all of the problems it causes, but everyone is a little different. Your best answer is to go ahead and get seen by a board-certified plastic surgeon to help you with a unique plan.
Muscle tightening is best done with a full tummy tuck
Mini Procedures don't give Maximum Results.
Hi Southerngirl2014, “Mini” or modified abdominoplasties are reserved for cases where a patient has great muscle tone, and has a very, very small area of excessive skin with or without stubborn fat in the lower abdomen. And no, the muscle wall is not repaired with a mini tummy tuck.
While I understand patients are always hopeful they will require a very minimal procedure, the majority of patients I see require a standard abdominoplasty. It is my observation that you would have the best outcome with a standard abdominoplasty (removing excess skin, fat and stretch marks) with possible liposuction to your hips (to give a defined waistline). It’s important to be realistic with yourself, your body, and your surgery outcome expectations. Unfortunately, short incision techniques for any procedure (“mini” anything) are not effective at producing maximum outcomes. All tummy tucks produce a permanent scar, which, depending on the extent of the original problem and the surgery required to correct it, can extend from hip to hip. You will be advised at your consultation what you can expect in your specific case. Just be prepared!
Body contouring after childbirth: tummy tuck vs miniabdominoplasty
Fat injection into the buttocks can help add contour there but fat transfer is not perfectly reliable. ADSCs (Adipose Derived Stem Cells) help a greater percentage of transferred fat survive (85-95% vs 50-75%).
I believe that you make a great candidate for a tummy tuck with liposuction in the waist, upper and lower back with fat grafting in to buttocks.
Tummy tuck or mini-tuck?
Based on your brief history and photo but without examining you, you appear to be a reasonable candidate for a modified tummy tuck. If you plan on future pregnancies, you should wait to have surgery until you are done having children, since pregnancy will stretch out the skin and abdominal muscles again, usually undoing the repairs that were achieved with the abdominoplasty
Following the advice from a surgeon or any other website who proposes to tell you exactly what to do based on two dimensional photos without examining you, physically feeling the tissue, assessing your desired outcome, taking a full medical history, and discussing the pros and cons of each operative procedure would not be in your best interest. I would suggest you find a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ideally a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery that you trust and are comfortable with. You should discuss your concerns with that surgeon in person.
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Mini or full Abdominoplasty
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