Considering MM w BBL. Does tummy tuck pose major life threat? What should I do for the most effective procedure(s)? (photos)

I am on the recovering side of an illness where I gained 65 lbs on a 5 ft body. I have since lost 50 of those pounds. My body is now covered in stretch marks. I am considering a tummy tuck. I have loose skin and now extra 5 inches of fat on my stomach. I have researched CoolSculpting, but from what I gather it is apt to leave more loose skin. I am also considering a Brazilian butt lift to restore the shape of my butt as it once looked Brazilian, naturally, but now is stretched and flat-ish.

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Pregnancy and motherhood are wonderful and exciting times in a woman’s life. Many women, however, will experience unwanted permanent physical changes that are not always desirable. All too often, women find it emotionally and physically difficult to adjust to these new changes in their bodies affecting their self-esteem and personal self-image. These changes vary greatly and range from stretch marks and varicose veins to the more significant changes such as, smaller and sagging breasts, enlarged waist with redundant skin and larger hips.
Fortunately, there are many treatments available to correct or improve these common post-pregnancy changes. Many of these procedures are non-surgical or relatively simple outpatient surgeries. Some treatments are possible because of new technology such as lasers and liposuction developed in just the last few years. These surgeries are commonly known as the “mommy makeover”.

Far more important than deciding if a tummy tuck or a mommy makeover is for you is the skill and experience of your plastic surgeon. Choose your surgeon rather than the technique and let him explain why one technique may be better than another and if you need a tummy tuck. Many board certified plastic surgeons provide a free first time consult and you should take advantage of that!
See the below link on some suggestions on finding the most qualified Plastic Surgeon for you!
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Mommy make-over... major life threat?

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Thank you for asking about your mommy make-over.

  • Tummy tucks are generally very safe but do have an increased risk of blood clots -
  • Your surgeon will want you to be healthy for your surgeon.
  • Congratulations on losing so much weight.
  • It isn't clear from the photos whether you will do best with a tummy tuck or with a lower body lift (a 360 tummy tuck.)
  • You have have a Brazilian butt lift at the same time but after a serious illness, I would recommend the BBL be done separately - the last thing you want is to do too much and have an avoidable complication.
  • Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Best wishes - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

Considering MM w BBL. Does tummy tuck pose major life threat? What should I do for the most effective procedure(s)?

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Those are very good questions. I'm sorry to hear about your illness.

When considering multiple procedures, it's important to see a board-certified plastic surgeon who is conservative and will not expose you to undo risk. All of the procedures that you mention are considered safe in healthy patients, but the main thing is deciding whether to do them all at once or separate the procedures. Each surgeon has their own preference and an in-person consultation will be needed to discuss these issues with you.

CoolSculpting may leave you with more loose skin, and will be relatively ineffective to help you obtain a dramatic change.

I prefer to perform Brazilian butt lift and tummy tuck surgeries separately. I would offer a similar patient in my office extensive liposuction of the abdomen, flanks, and back with fat transfer to the buttocks (BBL). A tummy tuck would then be performed during a separate operation. 

Good luck with the process!

Tummy Tuck safety #plasticsurgery

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Tummy Tuck surgery, when performed by an experienced plastic surgeon with high quality anesthesia care is a safe cosmetic procedure. 

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.