Enough skin for a tummy tuck? (Photo)
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Enough skin for a tummy tuck?
Hello and thank you for your question . You are a candidate for a tummy tuck albeit a mini tummy tuck . In general I am not a fan of mini tummy tucks but I believe your anatomy is perfect for one as you have a high riding belly button which can be lowered 3 to 5 cm, thereby tightening the upper abdomen . Excess lower abdominal skin is excised and muscle plication can be performed wherever needed.
YOU probably should get a second opinion from a plastic surgeon who performs multiple tummy tucks .
Good luck. School is more important than your body image .
Peter Fisher M.D
Hello. You may consider getting a second opinion. Your photo does demonstrate that you have excessive skin which may possibly be managed with either skin excision or a formal tummy tuck. Also if you have a skin shortage a tummy tuck can be performed but you will be left with a small vertical scar.
You can help to answer your question by yourself: in front of a mirror, while standing erect, grasp ALL of the loose tummy skin with your hands. Make sure that the upper and lower abdominal skin excess is gathered up. If you can gather a "handful" of loose skin, then you are most certainly a candidate for a tummy tuck. If you can only gather up 2-3 inches of loose skin, then a Mini-tuck is more appropriate. In your photos, there is a considerable amount of loose skin above and below the navel. I think the your goals would be best served with a traditional tummy tuck.