Think skinny girls are immune to a flabby belly? Think they all have bikini-perfect mid-sections? Think again. Skinny girls get tummy tucks too.
Patient A, who is far from overweight at 5’7″ and 125 lbs., came to Changes Plastic Surgery wanting to improve the “bumps” or dimpled-looking skin on her belly.
Like Patient A, Patient B is also 5’7″ and 125 lbs. She didn’t like the horizontal fold lines on her upper abdomen.
For both women, Dr. Lee suggested a reverse tummy tuck. “A reverse tummy tuck is indicated for patients with looseness in their upper abdominal skin. These patients generally have little to no laxity of their abdominal muscles and just need the skin removed from above the level of the belly button” says Dr. Gilbert Lee of Changes Plastic Surgery.
Typically, patients who request a reverse tummy tuck have laxity of the upper abdominal skin particularly when they are sitting upright. Like Wendy and Sandra, these patients are generally thin with an athletic build and they have good muscular tone.
The procedure is performed through a W-shaped incision located at the inframammary fold underneath the bra line. The upper abdominal skin is undermined and the skin is elevated to remove slack and excess skin. Approximately 2 inches of extra abdominal skin can be removed and the incision is closed at the inframammary fold.
The recovery from the reverse tummy tuck procedure is relatively quick compared to a traditional tummy tuck because there is no muscle repair involved. Patients can resume work within 10-14 days and can resume normal activities within four to six weeks from the procedure.
For more information on reverse abdominoplasty and other procedures contact Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa at 858-720-1440 or fill out the contact form below.
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