This procedure, also called reverse abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure performed on the upper part of the abdomen. It can help to remove excess skin and bags of fat from the abdomen's upper area. If you have recently lost a lot of weight or have had a baby, you can get the procedure.
The surgery helps to give your abdominal area a new shape, creating a more contoured, slimmer figure. The procedure is an effective solution to remove excess fat and tone the upper section of the torso. It is vital to know what to expect from a reverse tummy tuck.
What is a Reverse Tummy Tuck
Unlike the normal tummy tuck that focuses on the lower abdomen, this tummy tuck targets the area above the patient's belly button. People who need to address that area can benefit from the surgery. Many individuals carry their weight on the upper abdomen.
There are several reasons why the skin on the abdomen can become loose. The reasons include having a baby, drastic weight loss, and the natural aging process. The skin becomes loose, and stretch marks appear on the abdomen.
During the procedure, the surgeon may make one or two incisions. They will make the incisions along the breast folds or under the breasts, which are sources of the excess fatty tissue and skin.
Unlike the traditional tummy tuck, a reverse tummy tuck does not involve tightening the lower or middle abdominal muscles. In some cases, liposuction can get rid of unwanted fat. The surgeon pulls the baggy skin at the incision site.
Reverse Tummy Tuck and Breast Augmentation
There are cosmetic procedures surgeons can perform alongside a reverse tummy tuck. They can make changes to the breasts during the procedure. The surgeon makes the incision right below the breasts, offering a good opportunity to work on the breasts.
If you want a breast lift or breast augmentation, the surgeon can perform it alongside the reverse tummy tuck. The surgeon can graft the extra skin from the reverse tummy tuck to reposition or hold an existing implant. You can get a two-in-one cosmetic procedure that will give you a slimmer and shapely figure.
Ideal Candidates for This Procedure
The ideal candidate for the procedure should be healthy, not a smoker, and within the normal weight range. Weight fluctuations can compromise the results of the surgery. Smoking can affect the results and slow down recovery from the surgery.
For a woman, it is a good idea to wait until you are through with having children before you get the procedure. Pregnancy can reverse the results of the procedure by stretching the skin.
What You Can Expect from the Procedure
When done by an experienced plastic surgeon, you can expect a trim upper body with no permanent suture line. The procedure can address the abdomen and the breasts in one appointment. Highly qualified surgeons use the EXPAREL technique to ensure comfort during the surgical procedure.
If you are concerned about your upper abdominal area, talk to a plastic surgeon. You can find out if you are a good candidate for this type of tummy tuck. The procedure can help you feel more confident when you wear clothes that are tight along the mid-region.
For more on what to expect from our reverse tummy tuck, contact Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa at our office in San Diego, California. You can call us at 858-264-3800 today to schedule an appointment.