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Dr Lanzer Answers Questions on Tummy Tucks
People often ask me, “What would I expect as my results from a tummy tuck?” A tummy tuck is something that one should consider if there is excessive loose skin. This means that liposuction alone cannot give a satisfactory result. Loose skin is typically seen in people who lose a lot of weight such as after pregnancy or following excessive weight loss as may be seen with lap banding.
The loose skin is draped down below towards the pubic area and cut out. The results that one would expect would be a flatter and smoother stomach but the downside is that there is a long scar across the lower abdomen. Initially, it is red but in time this will fade.
Some patients have weakness or curvature of their stomach muscle. This is typically seen following pregnancy. If a person lies on their back and lifts their head and shoulders, they may see and feel a bulging in the central line of the stomach, either above or below the umbilicus. This is a sign of weakness of the muscle. If this is present, I would also suture and tighten the muscle at the same time. This may require that I also change the position of the belly button.
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I am often asked why I perform a lipo tuck. A lipo tuck means combining liposuction initially followed by the tuck excision of the skin. In 1992, I helped bring the tumescent liposuction method to Australia by convening an appropriate workshop conference with an American expert. That technique I found has a lot of safety factors. The liposuction fluid tends to stop bleeding, reduces infection and allows us to sculpture out the fat. If one performs that initially, then often all one is left with is some loose skin that is easily cut out. Therefore, performing a tumescent liposuction initially, I find tends to safer and easier. By doing this method we also find that we do not have to undermine and cut so much of the skin from the outer stomach. This keeps the procedure a little bit less invasive. I can perform lipo tuck just an as out-patient in our day surgery.
I am often asked if it is worth doing a lipo tuck or just going for liposuction. It is an interesting question, as there definitely is a crossover where some patients could benefit by either. As a general rule, I first try and look at the less invasive liposuction which will have less scarring and less down time. In some patients that is really not an option and a tummy tuck is what is needed. There are 3 types of tummy tucks, one being the full tuck where we tighten the underlying muscle and move the belly button. Another is where we perform a mini tuck, just looking at the lower abdomen.
Then there are patients who have really a skin tuck which is just removal of any loose skin.
Ultimately, it is the patient’s choice after being well informed as to which is the appropriate procedure.
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"All photographs represent one person's experience, and results may vary for each patient. All photographs are of actual patients of Dr Lanzer. The visible change in these photographs has occurred as a result of the procedure/s undertaken. Best results are obtained when the procedure is combined with a balanced diet and exercise.
Some before and after photos shown are not exact, in that they vary in light, contrast, clothing, background, distance from camera, hairstyle and make-up."