I'm trying to decide what my options are to fix my stomach area. Would Lipo360 work better or a full tummy tuck? (photo)
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Liposuction or TT
You Would Likely Benefit from a Tummy Tuck
Liposuction alone will not help to tighten your skin as its purpose is to remove excess fat. It looks like you would benefit from a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). It’s difficult to tell from the images, but a tummy tuck combined with liposuction may be your best option. I would recommend scheduling a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. Best of luck.
What's best lipo360 or TT?
Your photos were reviewed. Your skin is much to loose to get the result of a smooth abdomen with any combination of liposuction procedures alone. Your outcome will be best if you undergo the full extent of the tummy tuck, to include skin excision, tightening of the muscle wall and possibly liposuction of the flanks.
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What would work best for me. Liposuction or Tummy tuck.
I strongly believe that liposuction alone is not going to give you a satisfactory result. Even if we talk about laser liposuction alone, I still believe the same. My opinion is that the best solution for you is mini abdominoplasty in combination with laser liposuction. This solution has the biggest advantages for your case. I am sure that this solution combines the advantages of abdominoplasty and liposuction.
Lipo or tummy tuck?
You may be tempted to try lipo or Smart Lipo only at this time. Be careful, the skin may not tighten sufficiently and it might look worse rather than better. And then the scarring under the surface would make any future tummy tuck surgery more difficult.
Elliot W. Jacobs, MD, FACSNew York City
Sincerely, James Fernau, MD, FACS
Board Certified ENT
Board Certified Plastic Surgery
Member of ASPS, ASAPS, ISAPS, The Rhinoplasty Society, AAFPRS, OTO/HNS, ASLMS, International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics & Science
Tummy Tuck vs Lipo360
It sounds you have several things to consider before making a decision. One is whether you will have more children. Having an abdominoplasty will not preclude you from becoming pregnant in the future, however, your results may become compromised as the pregnancy will stretch out your skin again. The other issue you have is scarring, and it sounds like you have not optimal scars in the past. This is not always indicative of future scars, however.Your skin in the lower abdomen is quite loose and removing more fat may leave the skin looser, even with additional skin tightening. The only way to really flatten and smooth out that loose skin is with an abdominoplasty. Based on your photos, you can also benefit from liposuction of your flanks in conjunction with an abdominoplasty.
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