Lipo + Renuvion vs. Tummy Tuck

Posted on: January 27, 2022

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Looking for a Tummy Tuck Alternative?

Results after just one day!

After children, many mothers are left with stubborn fat around their midsection and and saggy skin around the bellybutton. Plus, with aging, it can be much harder to “bounce back.” The same side-effects can happen for men and women who lose a significant amount of weight.

So, what’s the first step? We diet and exercise for months (sometimes years), and lose a few pounds while toning our muscles. Great, but that extra “pooch” fat and loose skin that makes us wear “cover-up” clothes, are still there. Feeling frustrated and defeated, we research mommy makeovers and start wondering if a tummy tuck is the only solution. Finally, after learning about the intense recovery, expense, and seeing photos of the large hip-to-hip scar, we desperately search for an alternative.

Liposuction + Renuvion/J-Plasma could be the alternative you’ve been hoping for!  Renuvion®/J-Plasma works is by delivering a combination of helium-plasma and RF energy, beneath the skin, triggering a tightening effect that has been described like, “Shrink wrap for your skin.” When paired with SmartLipo360, patients can achieve life-changing results in both their shape and skin quality

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A tummy tuck is an invasive procedure, most commonly done under general anesthesia. Downtime can vary, but most patients can expect to be home from work for at least 2 weeks after a tummy tuck. So how do you know if you need a tummy tuck or if you can achieve great goals without the downtime or scar?

First, nothing can be certain without a consultation.

Book a Free Virtual Consultation. During your initial evaluation, the doctor will conduct a thorough exam and present you with the best options for you. You will have plenty of time to ask as many questions as you would like, and our experienced staff will walk you through financing and scheduling opportunities to help you make your decision.

Ideal Candidates for SmartLipo with Renuvion

The ideal candidate for SmartLipo is within 25 lbs of their ideal weight and in good health but unable to sculpt the shape they want through diet and exercise. Regarding skin, Renuvion is a great option for anyone with mild skin laxity from pregnancy, aging or weight loss, or anyone who wants to avoid a tummy tuck or skin-removal surgery like an arm, thigh or neck lift.


Renuvion Wand - under the skin

Patients Who Might Prefer A Tummy Tuck

There are two cases when we generally recommend tummy tuck over SmartLipo with Renuvion. First, patients who have skin-laxity with severe over-hang of belly skin (an “apron” effect), and second, patients looking to get rid of extensive stretch-marks. The “apron” of skin around the belly often results from pregnancy or significant weight loss, where the skin essentially becomes too big for your body.  While Renuvion has been proven to deliver significant results for patients seeking skin-retraction, results and experiences vary depending on the condition of your skin and how it responds to treatment.  However, we do have patients who still opt for SmartLipo with Renuvion because they are looking to avoid the risks, downtime, and scar associated with a tummy tuck. Liposuction with Renuvion can not “remove” excess skin or stretch marks.  If you have extensive stretch marks on your belly, you may be happier with a tummy tuck.

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