I weigh 160lbs and I am 5'1, how does this best work in stages? Frequently Asked Question Riverside CA

I weigh 160lbs and I am 5’1, how does this best work in stages?


Nothing substitutes for a personal evaluation and a face to face discussion of your options. Unfortunately without a examination and review of your medical history I can advise you in general terms, however I hope you will find them helpful.  In general it’s best to be a your goal weight prior to surgery:
1) your abdomen (and other parts of your body) often will change size with weight fluctuations.
2) we all have internal fat (fat on our internal organs that pushes out the abdominal wall and not accessible to liposuction or abdominoplasty) and external fat (fat that we can pinch between our fingers that can be liposuctioned or surgically removed during abdominoplasty). Weight loss effects both and thus when you attain your goal weight we can optimally tighten your muscles and remove the excess fat and hanging skin.
3)Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30 (which yours is) and greater is associated with progressively slightly increased complications.
I would recommend two stages for safety, and overall better result.

First Stage:
1)Weight loss surgery. After you have attained your goal weight, been stable for 6 months and provide a medical clearance letter then proceed to below.

Second Stage:
1) Extended abdominoplasty: removing all skin and fat between your pubic hair line (or lower) and your umbilicus (tummy button) which would remove most if not all of
your rolls of abdominal skin and scar:
A) Tightening of your your flank areas

B) excising excess fat, hanging skin and scars

C) liposuction of the flanks
D) Insertion non-narcotic paint pump for post op pain control

Based solely on your photos and not knowing your personal health history or medications you required I believe you are a reasonably good candidate and will be very satisfied with your extended “tummy tuck” and its components as stated in above.

I suggest you make out a list of your questions and select several nude “model” photos of what your desired goals/look would be and then schedule several different consultative appointments with experienced Plastic Surgeons who are Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and who are ideally members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (denoting by membership as having met additional criteria and a focus on Cosmetic Plastic Surgery).

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