What Are the Non-surgical Alternatives to a Tummy Tuck?
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Alternatives to tummy tuck
An in-person exam with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the best way to assess your needs and provide true medical advice.
Non-Surgical Alternatives Have Limitations
Although Zerona, Lasers, Coolsculpting and Thermage can all be used to treat minor contour irregularities, they all have significant limitations.For these reasons, patients who have significant contour irregularities should consult a board certified plastic surgeon. This surgeon should be able to formulate a treatment plan that addresses their anatomic findings and aesthetic goals. In the majority of cases, this will require an abdominoplasty.
??Tummy Tuck Alternatives
There are no true alternatives to tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) because part of the procedure includes tightening the weakened abdominal wall giving a flat belly. This can only be accomplished with an abdominoplasty procedure.
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Non-surgical Alternatives to a Tummy Tuck
To remove excess skin/adipose tissue, abdominoplasty is the best options. Some of the current modalities such as thermage, Exilis, or Zerona can provide minimal skin tightening benefits and subtle reduction of fat, but can not tackle the objectives of a patient seeking a tummy tuck.
Nonsurgical Alternatives To Tummy Tuck Very Limited
It is my opinion that there are no satisfactory alternatives to tummy tuck when there is excess skin which are nonsurgical. A mini tummy tuck can sometimes be of use in certain cases, but this too obviously involves surgery. When there are small areas of excess fat and little or no skin excess, liposuction may be beneficial. Liposuction is not, however, a treatment for obesity and cannot substitute for diet, exercise, etc.
Loose skin will require a tummy tuck
There are no non-surgical options to address loose skin and stretch marks. If have great skin tone and excess fat you may be a candidate for liposuction alone. A board certified plastic surgeon can examine you and determine which procedure is best for your particular anatomy.
There Are No Non-Surgical Substitutes For A Tummy Tuck
Nothing sells better than hope and that is exactly what you would be getting with any non-surgical alternative to a tummy tuck or even abdominal liposuction. It is one thing if one has a little extra fat but otherwise has reasonable skin tone and no really significant skin looseness, then a non-surgical approach may be able to influence some mild amount of fat loss. But at 30 to 40lbs overweight and likely with ssome skin rolls, there is no substitute for a surgical approach. Anything less will be a waste of money.
Non-Invasive Options versus A Tummy Tuck
Without a photo to refer to, it is hard to determine the amount of loose skin that you are desiring to treat however from your description, it would appear that the best option is weight loss followed by an abdominoplasty(tummy tuck). With the amount of loose skin you are describing, there is no good non-invasive treatment that can reduced your skin significantly. Yes, there are many companies and non-surgeons who will try to convince you that you can have the results of a tummy tuck without the surgery but that is simply not the situation. The results all of these devices achieve are minimal and their costs are not. Your best option is to obtain a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can help you better understand your options and the risks and benefits of each option. Good luck.
Non invasive tummy tuck options
I have done extensive research on non surgical technologies over the last 25 years and work with them all the time. I have been on the Scientific Advisory Board for Thermage and Ulthera and have both in my office currently. We also have Exilis which is a radiofrequency device that is currently under investigation for the reduction of fat and the tightening of skin.
Two technologies for non invasive fat removal are Zerona and Zeltiq, with the latter being my choice in a landslide.
All of these technologies can have a small to modest effect in patients. We use it in patients who absolutely refuse surgery or are not surgical candidates. It can be effective for subtle looseness but remains somewhat unpredictable.
That being said, I agree with my surgical colleagues that none of these non surgical options come close to the quality result you can get with surgery.
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