Candidate for BBL or Tummy Tuck or Mini Tummy Tuck?
Updated: Jul 25, 2021
Question: Am I a candidate for a BBL? Would I be a better candidate for a full tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck?
Answer: A patient with loose skin will not be happy with liposuction alone. Liposuction merely removes fat, and this fat removal can actually make the skin worse. A short scar tummy tuck leaves about the same length of scar as that of the mini-tummy tuck, but it also tightens the muscles, removes skin and fat, and allows for belly button relocation (umbilical transposition). The incision can be designed low so that bikinis may be worn afterwards. Dr. Kenneth Hughes creates a scar which is flat all the way across and one that is not a smiley face.
Ideal patients have to be in general good health and somewhere close to their ideal body weight. To make certain that the results of the procedure last, many doctors ask that patients maintain a steady body weight for six months prior to the procedure and maintain their weight after the procedure.
Generally, patients require only one or two weeks to recover before returning to a sedentary job. Patients are advised not to perform strenuous exercises for about six weeks after the surgery. Most plastic surgeons would recommend that you wait at least 6 weeks before lifting anything greater than 10 lbs. These restrictions help to limit complications such as incision separation, fluid collection, postoperative bleeding and hematoma, as well as plication failure among other complications.
Dr. Kenneth Benjamin Hughes, ABPS (American Board of Plastic Surgery) Board Certified Harvard Trained Plastic Surgeon with Offices and Surgery Center in Los Angeles, California