How to fix loose skin after pregnancy
Loose abdominal skin
Anything less than a full tummy tuck will have unsatisfactory results. Chances are that when you are back to your pre-pregnancy weight you will have even more laxity in the skin.
The amount of skin tightening you can expect with SmartLipo is not enough to make a difference in the appearance.
Seldom is a patient a candidate for a so-called “mini-tummy tuck” since that procedure can only address the lower abdomen, and the problem after pregnancy or weight loss almost always involves the entire abdomen.
A consultation with board certified plastic surgeon will be the best way to review your options. (Jourdan Gottlieb, MD, Seattle Plastic Surgeon)
What are my options for loose skin post babies?
Unfortunately a full tummy tuck and liposuction will be the only option to achieve your goals in my experience. Other options can tighten skin and suction fat, but would not be powerful enough to achieve what you have in mind.
Do not exhaust your bank account and patience trying to avoid the right procedure (Jason Mussman, MD, Phoenix Plastic Surgeon)
You need a tummy tuck with liposuction.Your BMI is 25 and based on your photos, you are an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck through a small suprapubic incision, full abdominal muscle tightening and VASER liposculpting of your abdomen, hips and waist. Laser liposuction (Smartlipo is promoted by the company beyond its abilities). Has limited skin tightening capabilities and induces excessive skin scarring. I personally repaired many patients who had that procedure. BTW, I did use Smartlipo, it is slow, inneficient, it is best for small areas such as the neck.
The other problems, I experienced in my practice is that a lot of physicians, non plastic surgeons and not even any surgeons use the machine with poor understanding of its workings. See a board certified plastic surgeon for an in person consultation/evaluation who is experienced in advanced body sculpting techniques. (George Marosan, MD, Bellevue Plastic Surgeon)
Don’t rule out a tummy tuck
Tummy tucks are probably the most rewarding procedures that I perform. When patients tell me with tears of joy that I have changed their life, it’s usually after a tummy tuck. Your photos suggest that you do have loose skin, and you almost certainly have loose abdominal muscles after two children, even if you exercise and do sit-ups every day. A tummy tuck will improve both of those problems.
The trade off is a relatively long scar, but the scar tends to fade with time and become fairly inconspicuous, and it can usually be placed low enough to be hidden by most bikinis or attractive underwear (not by a thong). Liposuction can be added to contour the hips or other areas at your discretion, although those areas can indeed be improved by additional weight loss.
Unlike the hips, where the skin likely has good enough tightness and elasticity to respond well to liposuction, using liposuction alone for the abdomen will likely leave you with persistent loose skin. Of course, your best advice is to visit a board certified plastic surgeon in person for an examination and discussion of your options.
Please don’t be afraid of a tummy tuck. I’ve performed many for women of your age and younger, with very happy patients. (Andres Taleisnik, MD, Orange County Plastic Surgeon)
Exactly because your are a very young patient, I would highly recommend you to have done a Full Tummy Tuck and muscle repair, because THIS is the perfect time on your life to enjoy your body with confidence, wear whatever you choose: a sexy bikini, a jersey dress, a cropped top, or a tight night gown. TT surgery will help to get rid of the saggy skin on your abdomen and should be done through a very low incision and the muscle repair will help to tighten your muscle and create a flat abdomen and tapered waist. ANY type of liposuction will only create a more flaccid skin and your muscle will remain as is. So, a poor result after all. Be encouraged. You will be loving your results. (Laura Carmina Cardenas, MD, Mexico Plastic Surgeon)
I’d say your only real treatment would be a Tummy Tuck. Liposuction alone cannot fix the muscle separation (caused by pregnancy) and will increase even more the “sad mouth” appearance of your belly button. An artistically performed tummy tuck along with some liposuction of your flanks will be able to enhance greatly your body in general. (Luis A. Fernandez Goico, MD, Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon)
Your options include liposuction and tummy tuck surgery – You don’t have a profound amount of skin laxity – but you do have some. A consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon is recommended to help make this decision. You could certainly have liposuction done and then a tummy tuck ‘down the road’ if you disliked the skin laxity that you have. (Scott C. Sattler, MD, FACS, Seattle Plastic Surgeon)