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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. 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


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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?

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?

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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Could i lose my double chin after tummy tuck and lipo?

Skin laxity?: The results of liposuction on your chin/neck will depend on the quality and laxity of your skin and its ability to contract following fat evacuation. If sufficient fat is removed, you may be left with loose or irregular skin. Generally speaking, at 38 years of age, your skin contraction is not as good as it would be for some one under 30. However, you should be able to see significant improvement. ...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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Has anyone had lipo in tummy tuck?

Has anyone had lipo in tummy tuck?

Thousands; Concerns: More likely hundreds of thousands of people have had lipo with tummy tuck. Although it is not an essential component of a tummy tuck, lipo is commonly performed together with a tummy tuck to achieve a superior result. However, there are concerns about the area of liposuction to be treated and it is generally avoided in the central portions of the abdomen where it can compromise the blood supply. ...Read more

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Which is more effective? A tummy tuck or liposuction?

What's you problem?: If we are talking about the abdomen, the tummy tuck is more effective for loose abdominal skin and muscles, as is seen after childbirth or weight loss. Liposuction is more effective for disproportionate collections of fat located under tight skin. Which is more effective depends on the type of problem you are trying to fix. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time after a tummy tuck and lipo?

What is the recovery time after a tummy tuck and lipo?

Everyone varies: 5 percent of my patients will tell me it was the worst experience of their lives and took weeks to recover and 5 percent will say they were dancing the next night. 90 percent are somewhere in between. Since we don't cut muscles it usually hurts less than common operations like c-sections which do. Desk jobs can usually be back in one week but no sit-ups for 6 weeks. Strenuous jobs take longer. ...Read more

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How much lipo is done on the flanks with a tummy tuck?

Varies by surgeon: Some plastic surgeons have made liposuction an integral part of their abdominoplasties, while others do none at all. Speak with your surgeon ahead of time so that realistic expectations are present before surgery. ...Read more

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Please describe to me the difference between "tummy tuck" and a "lipo suction".?

Tummy tuck vs lipo: Liposuction will remove unwanted fat from your stomach area. This is a great choice if you have unwanted fat deposits that do not respond to exercise. It can be performed with local only anesthesia. If you have excess hanging skin, tummy tuck is a good choice. The tummy tuck has a larger scar, and longer recovery. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel bloated after a tummy tuck and a liposuction?

Yes: The boated feeling following a tummy is usually the result of several things: 1. Tightening of the abdominal wall (which then makes any bloating more noticeable) 2. Side effects of medications given around the time of surgery 3. Hormonal changes associated with the trauma of the surgery itself. The good news is that most bloating resolves quickly and has no untoward effects on your result. ...Read more

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I had a abdominoplasty surgery(tummy tuck) and some liposuction recently. I would like to keep my shape , what would recommend for my daily diet?

I had a abdominoplasty surgery(tummy tuck) and some liposuction recently. I would like to keep my shape , what would recommend for my daily diet?

Whole foods: Simple sugars and processed carbs should be avoided or limited. This includes any flour product. The fine grind makes absorption quick, and spikes your blood sugar which increases Insulin and promotes weight gain. Good fats such as olive oil and coconut oil are fine in sensible amounts. Eat a rainbow of organic vegetables and 3-4 oz protein with each meal 5 hours apart. ...Read more

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Will i gain weight in weird places after a mini tummy tuck? I’ve heard that liposuction sometimes causes fat to accumulate in weird places on the body. Is this a risk with a mini tummy tuck? .

No: Removing lower abdominal skin and fat, done by mini tummy tuck does not make the fat go somewhere else. However if you gain weight, you will enlarge body areas that still have fat tissue left: upper abdomen, thighs arms, neck etc. It's not the fat traveling in weird places, it is that your body proportions have changed. ...Read more

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Is a mini tummy tuck a better option for reducing abdominal fat than liposuction?

Is a mini tummy tuck a better option for reducing abdominal fat than liposuction?

TT and Fat Red: Liposuction reduces fat, tummy tuck mainly reduces excess skin and tightens muscles. Both often used at same procedure for best results. ...Read more

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Obesity (Definition)

Having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for ...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