American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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3 years ago

What procedure would be right for me

Hysterectomy total in 2000. Seems to be no muscle tone where the stitches were. I alway had a flat stomach prior to that surgery. I exercise 5 days a week am 72 with type 2 diabetes (under control). What would you suggest as the best option for removing this fat flap. It doesn’t look good and causes a terrible rash with exercise.

Procedure: Tummy Tuck
Location: Orlando, FL

Replies 3

Omar Beidas
ASPS Surgeon

Good evening and thank you for your question,

Sounds like you need an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) but without pictures or a formal exam, it is difficult to say for sure. Also, based on your description, you may have symptoms of panniculitis, and insurance may be able to help cover a portion of this surgery (panniculectomy, which is removal of the skin below the belly button). This can be combined with muscle repair to create a full tummy tuck.

Please consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon and best of luck,

Omar Beidas

Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your question. Unfortunately without photographs or an in-person examination it is difficult to offer advice. Typically during a hysterectomy the muscle function is preserved and should regain its strength with exercise. Loose skin may develop over time and with weight loss which is best treated with a tummy tuck procedure. Hope this helps.

Michelle Copeland
ASPS Surgeon
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Although it is difficult to say without an in person examination, if you have good skin elasticity, you should be a good candidate for liposuction. Liposuction works best on patients who are of relatively average weight, but who need help with a problem area. I use several innovative forms of liposuction, including SmartLipo, in order to contour and resculpture the area while providing the most beautiful results with minimal scarring. Typical candidates for a full tummy tuck are women and men who've lost a great deal of weight, menopausal women, or older people with loose skin due to age. In the tummy tuck, the skin from the rib cage down to the pelvic area is tightened, and the belly button is moved up and secured in a new position. A non-surgical option for improving abdominal muscle firmness is EMSCULPT – the only non-invasive procedure to help both women and men build muscle and sculpt their body, by reducing fat and building muscle to create a tighter, more defined look.


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