Is Tummy tuck my only option? (photos)
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Flattening the Tummy VS. Reshaping and Enhancing the Butt
Liposuction would flatten the tummy some and may be associated with some skin shrinkage BUT it will NOT flatten it to the extent of a Tummy Tuck. A well done Tummy Tuck will recreate the hourglass figure, flatten the tummy AND raise the sagging privates. HOWEVER, there is no reason to have it and then undo everything with one or more pregnancies.
In this case, a BBL would define the lower back, upper buttocks and nicely augment the buttocks as well as remove some of the fat under the tummy skin. Then, after you complete your family, IF you are not happy with the mild degree of flatness obtained by the BBL. you can always proceed and have a Tummy Tuck.
Peter Aldea, MD
Thank you for your clinical post and photographs. From the photographs you appear to have excess subcutaneous fat of the anterior abdominal wall or the front of your tummy as well as the love handles, both side and back. Liposuction especially modern based liposuction such as BodyTite and SmartLipo will get good skin contraction and fat reduction of the back of the love handles and side flanks. The front of the abdomen which has some skin laxity will also respond well to modern skin tightening liposuction preferably BodyTite which uses radio frequency energy. Studies have shown up to 30% area contraction, which will more than make up with the loss of fat and improve your skin elasticity. This will then allow harvest of fat, purification of the fat derived stem cells and adipocytes and injection to your buttock to create a nice full, round Brazilian butt lift.
As you’re planning on more children to add to your family you may in fact develop skin laxity, which would necessitate a tummy tuck at a later date or you may find that your skin responds well to your last pregnancy and you don’t require any skin removal procedure and hence avoid the scar.
I think researching modern liposuction techniques such as SmartLipo and BodyTite both of which I offer as well as Vaser Lipo will allow you the kind of results you want without the big scar associated with an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck.
I’ve been performing liposuction for almost 25 years and have pioneered the use of energy assisted base skin contraction liposuction and think you’d be a good candidate.
I hope this information is of some assistance and best of luck.
To find out more, please visit the link below. Pay particular attention to the areas of BodyTite and SmartLipo.
R. Stephen Mulholland, M.D.
Certified Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck vs. Liposuction , Toronto Plastic Surgeon , Dr. Adibfar
Based on your history and the photos you have submitted , you have the following:
1) abdominal wall muscle laxity
2) excess fatty deposits in the abdomen and flanks
3) stretched abdominal skin above and below the belly button
A properly performed Abdominoplasty would treat all of the above.
Liposuction will only treat #2 and may leave you with loose hanging skin in the lower abdomen.
This could however be an option if your expectations are to just go down in size and look better in clothes. You may still opt for the abdominoplasty after your last pregnancy.
Abdominoplasty scars are quite reasonable and fade over time.
An in person consultation is highly recommended but meanwhile feel free to review our comprehensive "body enhancement" gallery below .
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