100 pounds lost. What Kind of tummy tuck would I need? (photos)
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Mini or full tummy tuck after weight loss?
Mini or Full Tummy Tuck for a Male after Weight Loss
Best of luck.
Jon A Perlman MD FACS
Certified, American Board of Plastic Surgery
Extreme Makeover Surgeon ABC TV
Best of Los Angeles Award 2015, 2016
Beverly Hills, Ca
100 pounds lost. What Kind of tummy tuck would I need
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Mini or Full?
Congrats on your #weightloss!
From these photos, it appears to me as though you would benefit most from a full #abdominoplasty. A #minitummytuck is usually best for only a small amount of excess skin.
That being said, you need to book an in-person consultation with a #BoardCertified #PlasticSurgeon to determine which procedure will be best for you.
Best of luck.
Type of tummy tuck
Mini or Full Tummy Tuck
Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Beverly Hills and Los Angeles Locations
With minimal skin laxity
You would need a full tummy tuck to tighten the skin above the belly button. Recovery would be the same as a mini, because you would not need muscle tightening. Go visit a few ABPS certified/ASAPS member surgeons.
Tummy Tuck Options after Massive Weight Loss
Most patients that have lost the degree of weight that you have would benefit from more than a mini-tummy tuck. A mini-tummy tuck primarily addresses the excess skin and muscle separation below the level of the belly button.
Your photos also show excess skin above the belly button in that you can see the skin drooping over and partially obscuring this structure.
A full abdominoplasty allows the excess skin above and below the umbilicus to be addressed and can also provide nice access to bring the full length of the rectus abdominis muscles back together in the midline. You may also benefit from some flank (love handle) liposuction at the same time as your tummy tuck in order to achieve the optimal postoperative contour.
Some bariatric patients also benefit from a fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty that adds a vertical midline incision. This type of abdominoplasty can address the full length of muscle separation but also tighten up excess skin in the horizontal and vertical dimensions. The major downside of this option is a vertical scar that is hard to hide in bathing suit-type attire.
I would select (with the help of your plastic surgeon) the abdominoplasty type that will give you the best result; I am not sure that the perceived benefit of a faster recovery associated with a mini-abdominoplasty would be worth it.
Best of luck!
Best wishes and good luck.
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon
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