I would rather not get a TT as the costs and recovery is more than I want to do. I've seen some pics on docs websites about liposculpture, vaser, and smartlipo. Can any of these help to tighten/flatten,/smooth my abdomen area. I realize that a TT get a result of super flat look, however, not sold on the idea of recovery time and costs at this point. Also any comments on Tipollar Apollo for skin tightening? I am 47, 115 lbs 4'11" and had 3 children.
Other Than a Full Tt, Can Any Other Type of Lipo (smart, Vaser, Tumescent) Help? (photo)
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It is hard to tell from your single photo
you really need to be seen live or at least provide a few more photos with more skin showing from the front and side view. it is very hard to assess your skin laxity with the photo you have submitted.
make sure you see a board certified PS
Other Than a Full Tt, Can Any Other Type of Lipo (smart, Vaser, Tumescent) Help
Can smart lipo help?
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Looking for something other than TT
- looking at your picture I see skin laxity and no excessive fat
- there is not a non invasive procedure than will get you the results you are looking for
- schedule a tummy tuck or nothing at all
- dont waste you time and money on anything else
Partial treatment partial results
Based on the photo and info given, you have had three children, you exercise and are not overweight.
Many women after pregnancies have three different issues with their abdomen.
- Loose skin and stretch marks.
- Some change in fat distribution.
- Muscle separation (aka diastasis rectii = Latin for separation of the rectus (six-pack) muscles).
To me, you look better than most patients. You appear to have a little bit of all three of the above concerns. As such, if you treat one out of three, you will get a partial improvement.
Tummy tucks aren't for everyone. It's a big procedure with a tough recovery that can leave a significant scar.
Find an honest plastic surgeon who can perform BOTH procedures well. He or she can help you make the best decision.
Best of luck,
Mats Hagstrom, M.D.
Smartlipo vs. Tummy Tuck
SmartLipo Versus Tummy Tuck
You have some stretch marks and loose skin. In your case, a tummy tuck will give you the best results. SmartLipo is a reasonable second alternative as long as you understand that you will still have those stretch marks and some loose skin. SmartLipo does add skin tightening that regular liposuction does not but it will not be enough to tighten it as well as a tummy tuck can do.
From you picture, you look like a good smart lipo candidate. You will not get the complete result you would from a tummy tuck but also you won't have to deal with the scar. Consult you doctor
Liposuction can help but tummy tuck is best.
Liposuction can help. It will remove any excess fatty deposits, but it will not remove stretch marks or tighten the loose layer between your muscles. You can obtain some contracture of skin using SmartLipo, but this varies by patient.
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