Should I Have a Tummy Tuck or Lipo Revision? (photo)

I had tumescent lipo of upper & lower abdomen 4 months ago. I know that I'll continue to see changes but I am not happy with the results & I don't feel my doctor is considerate of my concerns. I've had 2 kids, 50 lb gain with each, but no loose skin & excellent elasticity - so my doctor recommended lipo over tummy tuck. However I still have moderate abdominal protrusion and want a flat tummy. No underlying health issues and no ab separation. Would you recommend lipo revision or tummy tuck?

Doctor Answers 4

Should I Have a Tummy Tuck or Lipo Revision?

       I perform hundreds of tummy tuck procedures and liposuction procedures a year.  A short scar tummy tuck may give you the best result, but an exam would be necessary to sort this out.  Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of liposuction procedures each year.  Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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More Liposuction Surgery or Tummy Tuck Indicated?

Thank you for the question and picture.

Frankly, I think that it is very likely that you already know the answer to your question. You will likely do (based on your pregnancy history, history of weight gain/loss, and stated goals)  much better with tummy tuck surgery than additional liposuction surgery.

 Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Should I Have a Tummy Tuck or Lipo Revision?

Agree with Dr Daniels you need in my opinion a short scar full tummy tuck with muscle repair. It seems that you and your surgeon did not communicate the desires to each satisfaction. 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Lipo vs tummy tuck

Repeating the same surgery that left you dissatisfied seems like a recipe for more dissatisfaction. It may be that a second opinion by an experienced board certified plastic surgeon may be in order.

Marcel Daniels, MD
Long Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

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