What are some realistic alternatives for tummy tucks? (photo)
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No Tummy Tuck
Unfortunately, for this protruded abdomen an abdominal muscle repair is necessary in order to achieve a flat stomach.
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Alternative to tummy tuck depends entirely on the skill of the operator
Nonsurgical skin tightening can work If performed by a very experienced operator using maximum power settings. Understand that multiple sessions are required.
What are some realistic alternatives for tummy tucks?
Keep in mind that following the advice from a surgeon on this or any other website who proposes to tell you 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 (ASAPS) that you trust and are comfortable with. You should discuss your concerns with that surgeon in person.
Robert Singer, MD FACS
La Jolla, California
Non-Invasive Tummy Tuck Options
Best of luck, Vincent Marin, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
Noninvasive tummy tucks
A phenomenon that is just coming on the radar, minimally invasive treatments (microwave, radio frequency) can dissolve the subcutaneous fat. While this might seem appealing, unevenness is not. So be careful about treatments that 'can't do harm'...
I don't buy the logic that 'do minimally invasive treatments because you're not ready for surgery'.
Minimally invasive treatments do not tighten skin significantly, do not fix hernias (like the one you have), do not fix diastasis recti (separation of muscles).
We do offer minimally invasive treatment such as radio frequency treatments, but would never tell patients they are an alternative to a tummy tuck.
Because they are not.
Non-invasive "tummy tuck" treatments nor worth the money
If you are not ready for a tummy tuck procedure of some type I would wait and pursue and non-invasive treatments as they are not good use of money based on current technology. When there is not an ideal choice for you it is more than ok to wait and perhaps a better choice becomes available later on. On the other hand, a well performed tummy tuck can provide an excellent result with scarring that is well concealed and of good quality.
All the best,
Dr. Remus Repta