Would abdominoplasty or abdominal liposuction? A plastic surgeon said Lipo is a waste of my money. No elasticity? (Photo)
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Would abdominoplasty or abdominal liposuction? A plastic surgeon said Lipo is a waste of my money.
Thank you for your inquiry and the photographs. After viewing your photographs, I totally concur with your plastic surgeon. A liposuction would be a waste of your money, and you would be very unhappy with the results. You need a full tummy tuck with a rectus muscle repair, which would create an internal corset. Anything less than that would be inadequate.
I highly recommend the no drain tummy tuck because of its shorter recovery time, less pain and discomfort, and lower risk of a seroma, which is a collection of fluid.
The scars on your abdomen cannot be repaired at the same time. They would compromise your tummy tuck.
Tummy tuck patients are uniformly elated with the results. Go ahead and have the right procedure done, and best of luck to you.
Hello and thank you for your question. Based on your
photograph, you are a better candidate for a tummy tuck with liposuction.
This can be done through a low and short incision, all completely below the
bikini line. Your muscles can also be
plicated resulting in a flat abdomen. Make sure you
specifically look at before and after pictures of real patients who have
had this surgery performed by your surgeon and evaluate their results. The
most important aspect is to find a surgeon you are comfortable with. I
recommend that you seek consultation with a qualified board-certified plastic
surgeon who can evaluate you in person.
Best wishes and good luck.
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon
Would abdominoplasty or abdominal liposuction? A plastic surgeon said Lipo is a waste of my money. No elasticity?
If you are medically fit for surgery and at a safe weight, I think that a tummy tuck would be a more suitable operation based upon the pictures presented.
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA
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Thank you for your question and for posting pictures. You seem to be a good candidate for a combination procedure of tummy tuck and liposuction. This combo will help give you a flat tummy, address your scar, remove loose skin and contour your waistline. You need to have a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon for precise recommendations.
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