Mom of twins, Lipo or full Tummy tuck? (photos)
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Mom of twins. Lipo or full tummy tuck?
Thank you for your question and photos. The skin and muscle changes following multiple pregnancies do not often lend themselves to treatment by liposuction alone. Particularly after a twin pregnancy, many patients will require a full abdominoplasty with or without adjunct liposuction. Once the skin has been over-stretched, it is not likely to retract sufficiently for an acceptable result following liposuction alone. The muscle diastasis is not generally corrected without surgical tightening/re-approximation in a tummy tuck. During your consultation, your plastic surgeon can review the indications for, as well as the limitations of, liposuction and abdominoplasty. Good luck to you.
Liposuction or TT?
When deciding between liposuction and a tummy tuck, it is important to consider how each procedure will help you achieve your goal. While liposuction does address excess fat, it does not take care of loose skin or repair rectus diastasis. Patients who may benefit from rectus diastasis repair (most commonly found in women who have had children) would benefit more from a full tummy tuck. A full tummy tuck addresses excess fat, loose skin, and it also tightens the abdominal muscles. Unfortunately, diet and exercise cannot fix rectus diastasis. Consult a board-certified plastic surgeon regarding a plan for you that would help you achieve your goal. Good luck in your research!
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Thank you for your question. Based on photos alone. You are a better candidate for either a mini tummy tuck or full tummy tuck. Liposuction and/or PT will not repair the diastases of the abdominal muscles. The amount of skin removed needs to be determined with an in person consultation. I recommend finding a board certified plastic surgeon who is also a member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. Best of luck with your procedure.
Mom of twins, Lipo or full Tummy tuck?
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Tuck or lipo
Diet and exercise will not correct skin laxity, and no amount of physical therapy will correct a diastasis. As a mom myself, I know how hard it is to find the time for yourself for a major surgery. Liposuction is quick and easy, and will certainly decrease the thickness of the abdominal wall so your clothes may fit better, etc. Lipo alone, however, will not tighten the skin, and will not give the same results as a tummy tuck. It just depends on what your goals are - having twins is tough on the body! Your surgeon will be able to advise you on the pros and cons of both tummy tuck and liposuction and what you can expect from each. Good luck to you.
Lipo vs. tummy tuck
If you are through having children and want a flat, contoured abdomen, then I would suggest the tummy tuck. From your photos it appears that you have some muscle separation, probably from pregnancy, that can be addressed with the tummy tuck. If you are looking for conservative improvement, or if you still plan to have more children, then liposuction would be acceptable. The choice of which is best is influenced by what your goals are from surgery.