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Is a mini tummy tuck a better option for reducing abdominal fat than liposuction? I don't think I am obese but i definitely have the proverbial "spare tire" around my waist. I wanted to know whether liposuction or a mini tummy tuck would be best for someo

Is a mini tummy tuck a better option for reducing abdominal fat than liposuction? I don't think I am obese but i definitely have the proverbial "spare tire" around my waist. I wanted to know whether liposuction or a mini tummy tuck would be best for someo

Tummy tuck options: The best answer for you would require a personal consultation with a plastic surgeon experienced in all of the procedures. Liposuction is not a good idea if there is skin laxity, and the decision of a mini vs a full tummy tuck is not usually one you can determine on your own. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

The definition started with Louis Israel Dublin, chief statistician of the Metropolitan life insurance company, in the early 1940s, as a BMI >25 (definitely >30) for people in their 20's based on retrospective observational life insurance data of the age at which people died later in life. This was subsequently adopted by the medical disease industry. However, BMI is ...Read more


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Realistically , if I've had SmartLipo and not liking the results, how long must I wait to get Lipo or Tummy tuck ?

Realistically , if I've had SmartLipo and not liking the results, how long must I wait to get Lipo or Tummy tuck ?

At least 6 months...: To repeat surgery of same or similar nature at same or nearby site should done at least 6 months or longer until the healing of the tissues operated upon matures & become soft. Besides, before embarking upon surgery for shaping body for obesity, the patients should counseled for realistic doable weight loss program and expectation. Surgery of this nature alone would not suffice for weight control. ...Read more

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Hernia. When I get it repaired, can I have lipo or a tummy tuck at the same time?

Hernia. When I get it repaired, can I have lipo or a tummy tuck at the same time?

Sometimes: Depending on the type and size of the hernia, these procedures may sometimes come together very nicely; other times, not so much. I recommend that you see a hernia surgeon to see if you are a candidate; they can then coordinate your care with a plastic surgeon if it is feasible. Word of caution: while your insurance will pay for the hernia repair, the aesthetic procedures are not covered. ...Read more

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How do I decide if I should get lipo or a mini tummy tuck?

How do I decide if I should get lipo or a mini tummy tuck?

It depends: Both are body contouring procedures. Liposuction is generally intended for focal areas of adiposity. Tummy tuck addresses both focal adiposity and sagging skin. ...Read more

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Dangerous to get liposuction? Tummy tucks (witch hazel)? What's the difference?

Very Different: Best to be seen in consultation to determine which of these operations, if any, you may be a good candidate for. Each operation is quite different when it comes to indications, “invasiveness”, scarring, potential results, as well as a potential risk/complications associated with the procedures. Do your homework and be very careful with selection of plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Where does the weight go after you get a tummy tuck and lipo?

Where does the weight go after you get a tummy tuck and lipo?

The fat is gone: The fat that's been removed is gone forever. But, if you gain weight - the body will make new fat, which will tend to go to other areas (where there are more untreated fat cells). So, it's best to be good about diet & exercise after any body contouring operation. ...Read more

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How soon can I have a lipo or tummy tuck after having a c-section?

4-6 months: At a minimum, 4-6 months after delivery. The physiologic changes of pregnancy take this long to settle down. You may also want to try to lose the baby weight first, for the best result. ...Read more

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Is liposuction effective for tummy tuck?

Apples and Oranges: Liposuction only removes fat, while a tummy tuck removes fat, excess skin and tightens the muscles that make up the abdominal wall. They are different procedures with different indications and results. http://www.drmele.com/liposuctionortummytuck.html ...Read more

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How long should I wait to have a tummy tuck afterc section and what do u tjthink about tummy tucks (witch hazel)?

How long should I wait to have a tummy tuck afterc section and what do u tjthink about tummy tucks (witch hazel)?

It depends: I perform a significant number of tummy tucks (witch hazel) each year for my young mothers and feel that this is a great procedure when done by a qualified plastic surgeon with experience in this area. I generally recommend waiting a few months following a c-section so that soft tissue swelling has gone done and your hormones have returned to a more natural state. ...Read more

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I had a full tummy tuck with liposuction 5 months ago. I have a pouch above the scar which feels hard. Is this normal?

I had a full tummy tuck with liposuction 5 months ago. I have a pouch above the scar which feels hard. Is this normal?

At 5 months it's: Probably not normal. Likely post surgery fibrosis which is not too concerning but ask your surgeon to examine you and give you his opinion and if fibrosis help you get rid of it ...Read more

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Dr. Otto Placik
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Liposuction (Definition)

Liposuction surgery involves the use of hollow cannulas and suction devices used to remove adipose tissue; should not feel anything when the procedure is performed. Indicated for patients at their long-term stable weight, who present with diet and exercise resistant adipose tissue of localized areas with good quality overlying skin. Not substitute for diet and exercise or ...Read more


Dr. Otto Placik
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Tummy Tuck (Definition)

A tummy tuck involves enhancing the appearance of the abdomen. In order to provide the best results there is skin resection, liposuction and muscle tightening ...Read more