Do a need a full Tummy tuck or mini? I'm planning have lipo next year but don't know if a just have lipo or what. (photos)
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Liposuction vs tummy tuck
This can be confusing- full abdominoplasty would give best results for a flatter tummy. However, if you are planning more children, you should wait.
In the meantime, you can do Vaser ultrasound liposuction with or without removing the lower skin only (no muscle tightening) for marked improvement with an easier recovery.
An exam and consultation with a plastic surgeon who performs these procedures is recommended to confirm you are a candidate as well as discuss your options and expectations.
Full or mini tummy tuck?
Thanks for your question and the photos. From your picture you look like a good candidate for full. Mini would not take away nearly as much loose skin or allow as much muscle tightening. Your PS will be able to confirm this with an examination and pinch test. While you can have children after having a tummy tuck, most women wait until they are done having children to avoid the need to repeat the surgery.
I have include below FAQ about TT as well. Hope it helps and best wishes.
The procedure of choice would be a full abdominoplasty. You have an overhanging panniculus plus a diastasis. Liposuction would be an add-on procedure. If you are planning to have more children in the short run, then I would recommend deferring surgery. However, if the condition of your abdomen is really disturbing to you, you could have the operation in the understanding that followup surgery might be necessary to maintain the gains. Liposuction alone would result in even more sagging in the midline.
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Full tummy tuck
Thanks for the question.
In this regard, I'm totally agree with you, therefore i recommend you a Full Tummy Tuck with muscle repair, to get a flat abdomen and waist and back Liposculpture, getting better curves especially in the waist, improving your body contour.
Finally, I suggested take the fat we get and transfer to the buttocks and hips, to mold them and get better volume, contour and butt projection, is that we know as "Brazilian Butt Lift" (BBL).
I would recommend that you wait until you are finished having children to plan your abdominal surgery. Based on your photos you appear to be a great candidate for full Abdominoplasty but not liposuction alone. Abdominoplasty will allow for the removal of excess skin and tightening of separated abdominal muscles.
Be sure to seek a board certified Plastic Surgeon
All the best
Hello and thank you for your question. If you are definitely planning to have another child, then wait on the surgery. With that being said, based on your
photograph, you are a great candidate for a full tummy tuck with liposuction.
This can be done through a low and short incision, all completely below the
bikini line. Your muscles can also be
plicated resulting in a flat abdomen. Make sure you
specifically look at before and after pictures of real patients who have
had this surgery performed by your surgeon and evaluate their results. The
most important aspect is to find a surgeon you are comfortable with. I
recommend that you seek consultation with a qualified board-certified plastic
surgeon who can evaluate you in person.
Best wishes and good luck.
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon
Do a need a full Tummy tuck or mini? I'm planning have lipo next year but don't know if a just have lipo or what.
Loss of skin elasticity and skin sagging occurs due to effects of gravity over time. These problems can be seen in any part of body but especially in abdominal area. Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure to make the abdomen thinner and more firm. It consists of removing excess skin and fat tissue and muscle repairing if required. In some patients it can be combined with liposuction. There are several variations of tummy tuck surgery like regular tummy tuck, mini tummy tuck, extended tummy tuck each designed to target certain areas of the abdomen. During the procedure the incision will be made low at about the same level as your pubic hair for the scar to be hidden under bikini level. For improved tightening of the upper abdomen a small incision around belly button might be necessary. Placement of the belly button is very important for a beautiful belly. Tummy tuck operation is also a surgical choice for patients whom want to get rid of love handles. Our experienced plastic surgeons will explain these options and help you find out best treatment plan to reach satisfactory results.
Do you need a full or mini TT?
Far more important than deciding if TT is for you is the skill and experience of your plastic surgeon. Choose your surgeon rather than the technique and let him explain why one technique may be better than another and if you need a tummy tuck. Many board certified plastic surgeons provide a free first time consult and you should take advantage of that! See the below link on some suggestions on finding the most qualified Plastic Surgeon for you!
Full tummy tuck
If you are thinking of having another child, then i would put off the surgery. It looks like you would benefit from a full tummy tuck.
Thank you for your question and photographs.
Based on the photos you have posted, you do look like a candidate for a full tummy tuck with liposuction to remove the excess fat and tighten the abdomen. If you are planning on having more children I would wait to have these procedures done due to the fact that when I perform a tummy tuck I tighten the diastasis rectus muscle which brings in the waist. During pregnancy, this muscle stretches out and the chances are you would need a second tummy tuck. If you wanting something to help contour your body in the meantime, I would suggest getting the liposuction then waiting to have the full tummy tuck until you are done having children. Best wishes in your endeavors!
James Fernau, MD, FACS
Board Certified ENT
Board Certified Plastic Surgery
Member of ASPS, ASAPS, ISAPS, The Rhinoplasty Society, AAFPRS, OTO/HNS, ASLMS, International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics & Science
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