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Classic1 05-24-2010 08:14 AM

Do I have to have a lift?
Hello everyone!

I'm in the research phase of a tummy tuck, breast lift and implant. I completed my first consultation last week and have an additional 6 by the end of June. I'm looking to actually have the surgeries done over the Christmas-New Year holiday.

My stats: 32 years old, 5 ft 7, 189 lbs, wide frame (shoulders and hips), uneven breasts (38b) left one considered a medium C, right a full B. I'm getting a full tummy tuck due to a vertical c-section scar, fat on the tummy and back as well as minimal stretch marks.

During my first consult, the surgeon said I have enough tissue to where over the muscle implant would work well for me. I have slight sagging and I wonder if its essential for me to get a lift as well. I prefer the "teardrop" natural slope of my breasts and just want them a little larger so my question is: does a lift have to accompany an implant in MOST cases?

Any/all feedback is appreciated.

robyne00 05-27-2010 09:25 PM

Welcome to the forum!!! :) ;) :D

You might want to get implants as well to even out your frame. Definitely opt for under the muscle.

Are you getting a tummy tuck, full body lift, mini tummy tuck, or tummy tuck with panniculectomy?

la_angel 05-29-2010 03:10 PM

Well you're on the right track, but I'm not so sure about the over the muscle... you may have enough tissue now, but will you ever weigh less in the future (and then you wouldn't have enough:confused:). I would love to hear more details so we can help!

p.s. There is a thread from March about C section scar revision (vertical) that you may want to check out! :)

Classic1 06-03-2010 11:57 AM

Hello! I'm back and thank you for your responses. It took me a while to find the webste again.

I am only interested in the tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). For all 3 consultations I've been to the doctors say I dont need anything more other than that.

I am definitely interested in implants but I dont want a lift. I have sufficient amount breast tissue which is why over the muscle was recommended. I dont plan dropping any lower than 170 lbs so the breast tissue is not a concern.

Now I have to decide if I want to do scar revision with lipo or a full tummy tuck. The issue is the placement of the scar I will have. I dont have alot of "loose" skin which means having a low scar will be difficult. Has anyone ever heard of this before?

robyne00 06-05-2010 08:15 AM

So you are not getting a lift or implants?

If you are only getting a tummy tuck, you might want to start a new thread in the appropriate are of the forum.

A scar revision with lipo vs. a tummy tuck? A tummy tuck is a much more extreme procedure vs. lipo. From your original post it sounded like you needed a tummy tuck. Why are they recommending a scar revision with liposuction?

Are you at a stable weight? Your BMI puts you in the high end of the overweight range, professionally speaking. Ethically, you really should not be a candidate for lipo. Are you going to lose weight prior to the procedure?

Classic1 06-05-2010 03:09 PM

I want to get implants ONLY and not a lift.

I plan to lose 10-15 lbs at the most, I dont want my weight dropping below 170 lbs. The way my body is shaped, specifically my stomach, 2 doctors have said a full tummy tuck is virtually impossible with the results I want. I was told I dont have alot of "loose" skin on abdomen so it would be difficulty to move the skin all the way down to my bikini line if my entire c-section scar is revised.This is why the scar revision was recommended. I've also been told about a "floating belly button". where it's moved down about 1-1 1/2 inches?

I'm feeling overwhelmed with information at this point and not sure what options I truly have. My ultimate desire is to have larger breasts, my c-section and stretch marks on my stomach fully removed showing a flatter/tighter belly.

robyne00 06-05-2010 05:01 PM

I understand your desired goal, but at your current weight you are overweight, borderline obese. Even if you lost 15 lbs., you are still in the overweight range, as per your BMI. It would be unethical for a surgeon to perform lipo. Lipo is for 5-8 lbs. over the norm. Even 8 lbs. is pushing it.

Floating belly buttons look fake.

At a minimum, you should lose 30 pounds prior to surgery. Your surgeon sounds quite unethical. Then pursue the tummy tuck and breast augmentation. Why do you no longer want to get a lift?

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