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Can a mini tummy tuck help me have smoother stomach, tighter skin? I have loose skin and separated abdominal muscles from two pregnancies. I am really embarrassed by the way they look. Can a mini tummy tuck help me get a smoother stomach back?

Maybe?: Generally, the mini tummy tuck is an  operation that  produces very limited results and is very rarely indicated. It involves a shorter incision but does not address the majority of the abdominal wall issues present for most patients who present consultation, after pregnancy and/or weight gain/loss. Seek consultation with well experienced board-certified plastic surgeons for more precise advice. ...Read more

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How can you tighten loose skin after pregnancy?

How can you tighten loose skin after pregnancy?

Tummy Tuck: Your tummy should be back to normal around 3 months after your delivery. A good diet and exercise program is the best way to reclaim your pre-pregnancy figure. If your skin stretched and has not shrunk back down you may be a candidate for a tummy tuck where the excess skin is removed and the abdominal muscles are tightened. I wait 6 months after a c-section to perform a tummy tuck. ...Read more

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How can I tighten loose skin after pregnancy?

How can I tighten loose skin after pregnancy?

Well...: Depending on age, skin quality and degree of stretch it will likely get better on its own. While there are various non-surgical skin tightening remedies out there removing the stretched out skin is still the most reliable. ...Read more

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How can you tighten loose skin after pregnancy and weight loss?

How can you tighten loose skin after pregnancy and weight loss?

Tummy Tuck: If you have loose tummy skin after pregnancy and weight loss then you may be a candidate for a tummy tuck. The abdominal muscles and skin may become lax after pregnancy. If diet and exercise do not restore your tummy then a tummy tuck could be the answer. ...Read more

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I'm 23, 5'5, 160lbs, how to tighten a post pregnancy pouch and lose 25lbs quickly? I'm scared that just losing weight will cause loose skin..

I'm 23, 5'5, 160lbs, how to tighten a post pregnancy pouch and lose 25lbs quickly? I'm scared that just losing weight will cause loose skin..

Breastfeeding to use: Use breastfeeding to burn up stored calories. One can get her pre-pregnancy weight back, and work out with weights to get in great shape again, but cannot truly get her "pre-pregnancy" body back. That is because a pre-pregnancy body is a different stage in a woman's life than a post-pregnancy body. Also, one's age is older, and some NORMAL permanent changes have occurred after a having a baby. ...Read more

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What can I do post-pregnancy to get rid of the loose skin around my stomach?

What can I do post-pregnancy to get rid of the loose skin around my stomach?

Tummy tuck: Some skin retraction will occur during the first six months after pregnancy however, after that, the only way to remove the remaining extra skin is with a tummy tuck. Before considering a tummy tuck make sure that you have completed your family since another pregnancy will stretch everything out again. ...Read more

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Help! Need to know if there's any way to get rid of loose skin after pregnancy other than tummy tuck?

Help! Need to know if there's any way to get rid of loose skin after pregnancy other than tummy tuck?

Loose Skin?: If it is loose skin you are wanting to eliminate, a tummy tuck would not be necessary. If, however, you are also wanting to tighten the muscles (repair a muscle separation), then yes, a tummy tuck is your only answer. A panniculectomy would address loose skin. Diet and exercise always helps, but it won't help a separated muscle or excessive, loose skin. ...Read more

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I have a lot of loose skin around my stomach, how to tighten it?

I have a lot of loose skin around my stomach, how to tighten it?

Depends how much: Loose skin in abdomen happens after significant weight loss or after pregnancy in females
it may tighten somewhat with exercise and proper nutrition but if is a rather large, it may need plastic surgery. ...Read more

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I have something on my stomach but my stomach vaccum goes in a long way is it loose skin or fat?

I have something on my stomach but my stomach vaccum goes in a long way is it loose skin or fat?

Need more informatio: I don't understand the question. Either there is a typographic error or I need a better explanation of your concern. What is a stomach vacuum? ...Read more

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How can I get rid of loose skin on my stomach and love handles?

How can I get rid of loose skin on my stomach and love handles?

Loose skin: Abdominoplasty or "tummy tuck" is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to make the abdomen more firm. The surgery involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall. This type of surgery is usually sought by patients with loose tissues after pregnancy or individuals with sagging after major weight loss. ...Read more

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My lower stomach slightly bulges. Is this from loose skin or just stomach fat?

My lower stomach slightly bulges. Is this from loose skin or just stomach fat?

Belly Bulge: Usually the lower belly bulges because below the belly button, there is less internal support for the abdominal wall. This makes the internal organ bulge slightly and is often more pronounced following pregnancy. It can be corrected with tightening of the fascia during abdominoplasty surgery. Weight loss can help as well as exercises such as crunches and leg lifts. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of loose skin around my stomach?

How do I get rid of loose skin around my stomach?

Probably surgery: Althougj some lasers, ultrasound or radio frequency devices may claim to tighten skin, they are likely to achieve onlyodesr improvements (2-3 on a scale of 1 to 10). Surgery is likely your best option for anything other than mild laxity and the length of the scar will depend on the extent of the laxity and can extend all the way around your body if necessary. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of loose skin on my stomach area?

How do I get rid of loose skin on my stomach area?

Tuck: The only way of getting rid of loose skin to remove it surgically. Those procedures are known collectively as tucks (witch hazel). The tummy tuck is probably the most common and effective. Some lasers will tighten skin but only a little bit. ...Read more

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What can be done for lower abdomen loose skin removal?

Tummy Tuck: Loose lower abdominal skin that does not respond to diet and exercise can be treated by a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Consult a board certified plastic surgeon to learn about your options. ...Read more

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How do I tighten loose skin on my stomach after triplets?

Abdominoplasty!: The only real answer here (after triplets) is abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). This can remove the extra skin, but more importantly, repair the stretched muscles of your abdominal wall. This is best after your family is complete (i bet it is now!) and may need to wait until the triplets are old enough that you can recover appropriately after the procedure. You should not lift over ten pounds for 6 wks. ...Read more

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After losing weight, how can I reduce loose skin around the stomach and chest area?!

After losing weight, how can I reduce loose skin around the stomach and chest area?!

Abdominoplasty: Patients usually seek abdominoplasty for abdominal wall laxity. The ideal patient is within normal limits for his BMI, has a moderate amount of excess of skin and fat, and has a mild diastasis of the rectus muscles. Patients who seek body contouring following massive weight loss have their own set of criteria. They need to be evaluated by a plastic surgeon for the appropriate procedure. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about a tummy tuck to remove streth marks and loose skin and to repair a colapsed stomach wall was it?

Can you tell me about a tummy tuck to remove streth marks and loose skin and to repair a colapsed stomach wall was it?

Understand options: The best procedure depends on several factors. Liposuction only removes fat and it depends on intact elastic skin and good underlying musculature to achieve a satisfactory outcome. A mini tumy tuck will treat lax skin or scar as well as widened muscles below the belly button. If you have either of the latter conditions, a mini tummy tuck may be a better option for you. See this video to understand ...Read more

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What can I do to get rid of loose skin on my abdomen?

No easy fix: Traditionally a abdominoplasty, tummy tuck is used to remove excess skin. However there ia a scar usually under the panty line. There are lasers and other devices that may firm the skin a little but if you have alot of stretch marks then usually tummy tuck is the answer. You need to be evaluated by a board certified plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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My stomach has a lil loose skin would diet and cardio help lose it if not what types of exercises will help with that?

Maybe: Improving diet and exercise are always a good idea. The ability of one's skin to recover after being stretched is an independent quality of the skin, and related to age, gender, and overall health. Loose skin on the abdomen after pregnancy is a common concern. Although it can recover with time and weight loss, it often requires surgical removal. ...Read more

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I've been losing weight and am worried about loose skin especially around my abdomen and thighs. Is there a way to reduce it?

Maybe there is...: Weight loss that is gradual is better than rapid weight loss. Skin that does not have stretch marks usually will shrink to match your new shape. If after loosing the extra weight if there is loose skin you can consult a Plastic Surgeon to see if removal is possible. Excess skin removal does leave scars and only you can decide if the scar looks better than the loose skin. ...Read more

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Lose abdomen skin. Discomfort insides tomach feeling like something is stuck is that normal? Do patients with loose skin have that problem? Wat to do?

Unrelated: I don't believe the two are related. You should make an appointment with your primary care doctor to go over the history of this and to do a thorough exam. ...Read more

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What to do if I am not worried about it anywhere else apart from my stomach. I have literally a flab of fat at the minutewill this go or will I have loose skin?

What to do if I am not worried about it anywhere else apart from my stomach. I have literally a flab of fat at the minutewill this go or will I have loose skin?

Spot fat loss does: Not occur naturally. By losing weight in general a certain amt will probably be abdominal fat. However, we don't get to chose what area of the body the fat is lost from. Eat healthfully ; be physically active. Calories burned must > calories consumed. To tighten ab's do crunches, reverse crunches, exercise ball crunches, pelvic thrusts, lying leg raises, side bridge ; “bicycling” exercise on your. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have skin removal surgery on my neck and my stomach area at the same time? I want skin removal surgery for the folds of sagging skin on my neck and flabby loose skin on my abdomen (i've had three children). Is it usual to have two areas

Is it possible to have skin removal surgery on my neck and my stomach area at the same time? I want skin removal surgery for the folds of sagging skin on my neck and flabby loose skin on my abdomen (i've had three children). Is it usual to have two areas

There: There are plastic surgeons who will perform more than one surgery at a time. You would need a complete medical evaluation by your internal medicine physician first to be sure that you don't have any concerning medical conditions. Then your plastic surgeon can discuss the risks with you. Any time that you perform more than one surgery at a time, it does increase the surgery time and the surgery risk. ...Read more

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I'm average weight. Lost a bit of weight intentionally. Now I have ugly loose skin on abdomen even though didn't lose much. What to do about this?

I'm average weight. Lost a bit of weight intentionally. Now I have ugly loose skin on abdomen even though didn't lose much. What to do about this?

How much weight?: If you have lost a significant amount of weight in terms of percentage of total body weight, like more than 20%, then you may develop loose skin. After being stretched for years, as we get older skin is less likely to recoil into its older tight position. The more weight gain, and the faster the weight loss, the worse it is. See a plastic surgeon who can advise you on surgical options ...Read more

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I am about 50+ lbs overweight. I carry the weight in my arms, thighs, stomach, and butt. Am I going to have loose skin now?

Depends: On how much weight you lose, how much skin laxity you have to start with, your age, intrinsic elasticity of the skin, luck. ...Read more

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I am 18 days to my pregnancy do date can I use castrol oil to induce my labor at this stage? The baby is head down n in my abdomen n im efaced at 40%

I am 18 days to my pregnancy do date can I use castrol oil to induce my labor at this stage? The baby is head down n in my abdomen n im efaced at 40%

When you are ready: Castor oil does not induce labor. It causes a rapid release of stool in your GI tract. If your body is not ready to go in to labor this rapid release of stool will in no way stimulate you to start labor. ...Read more

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Expanding abdomen. 7 mths. All pregnancy symptoms. Feel what seems to be fetal prts head, back legs. See and feel strong movements. Neg. Preg. Test.?

Expanding abdomen. 7 mths. All pregnancy symptoms. Feel what seems to be fetal prts head, back legs. See and feel strong movements. Neg. Preg. Test.?

Psychological: First, as a physician I am going to speak very frankly to you. If you are seven months pregnant and not seeing an obstetrician then this choice is putting your life and the baby's life at risk. In this day and time where obstetrics can save women and baby's from most of the common problems that plague pregnancy makes not seeing an OB nearly a crime.
Second, if you doubt the test go see an ob. ...Read more

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How can I minimize loose skin as much as possible?

Size, sun, and smoke: The three main causes of loose skin (besides the normal loosening that comes with aging) are changing size, smoking tobacco, and sun (or tanning bed) exposure. Weight gain and then loss, especially after 35 or so, results in loose skin as the weight gain stretched it and then it remains somewhat loose after weight loss. Nicotine and ultra violet light destroy the elasticity of the skin ...Read more

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How can you tell if its just fat or just loose skin?

How can you tell if its just fat or just loose skin?

Do a pinch test: Fat and skin are easy to tell apart. The skin is not thick, measuring approximately 1 centimeter. (1/5 of an inch) fat varies in thickness. The best way to figure out how much fat is located in a certain area, is to do a pinch test. Simply take your thumb and index finger, and pinch your abdomen. If you find a thickness of 1 to 5 inches, this is mostly fat since skin thickness is quite small. ...Read more

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Will I have loose skin if I lose 80 pounds in a couple months?

Possibly: Every person has a particular genetic skin quality. I have seen people loose a lot of weight and not have hardly any skin laxity; other people have dramatic skin laxity. I have seen the most laxity come from surgical weight loss patients following gastric bypass. Generally, weight loss with diet and exercise seems to do better for skin laxity. Loose skin or not you are better off losing weight. ...Read more

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Lost 55lbs. And now I have loose skin it's really embarrassing. What should I do?

Congrats: Great job losing the weight. If the skin doesn't tighten over time then you may require surgery to remove the loose skin. A consultation will help you to understand where the scars are placed and how they will look. Good luck. ...Read more

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Loose Skin (Definition)

Dermatochalasis - outermost layer of tissue covering the body may hang is folds due ...Read more