Reverse Tummy Tuck
In the realm of cosmetic surgery, reverse tummy tuck surged in popularity due to its tailored approach, which appeals to patients who may not find the traditional tummy tuck the perfect fit for their needs.
The reverse tummy tuck procedure is an efficient way to enhance the shape of your upper abdomen area and get the desired look.
What Is A Reverse Tummy Tuck?
A reverse tummy tuck, or reverse abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure designed to address the upper abdominal area, particularly the region between the breasts and the navel. While traditional tummy tuck focuses on the lower abdominal area, reverse tuck targets the area above the belly button. A reverse tummy tuck helps people with loose skin in the upper belly, often caused by things like getting older, having a baby, or losing weight. It aims to make the upper belly look smoother and firmer.
Who Is a Good Candidate For Reverse Tummy Tuck Surgery?
A reverse tummy tuck may be the proper procedure for those who have been through:
Significant weight loss and as a result of that experiences sagging or excess skin in the upper abdominal area.
Pregnancy causes many changes in the body, especially in the abdominal area, such as separation and weakening of the abdominal muscles. A reverse tummy tuck can be highly beneficial for addressing post-pregnancy concerns by tightening and lifting sagging tissues in the upper abdomen.
The natural aging process. This procedure is particularly effective for individuals who experience skin laxity, loss of elasticity, and the accumulation of stubborn fat deposits in the area between the breasts and the navel as they age. A reverse tummy tuck can restore a more youthful and toned appearance, helping individuals regain confidence in their body’s contour and shape.
Previous tummy tuck patients. Individuals who have had a previous tummy tuck and were unsatisfied with the results or faced complications may consider a reverse tummy tuck for revision and improvement.
An expert in tummy tuck can help you decide if you are a good candidate for this procedure. It is a part of the initial consultation with our plastic surgeon, Dr. George Lefkovits at Park Plaza Plastic Surgery.
Reverse Tummy Tuck Procedure
The reverse tummy tuck surgery involves several key steps:
Before your procedure, you will meet with our plastic surgeon, Dr. Lefkovits on a consultation appointment. This consultation is the time for you to ask any questions about reverse tummy tuck and get to know Dr. Lefkovits. He will evaluate your abdomen and determine whether you are a good candidate for a reverse abdominoplasty or whether a different procedure is preferable. We will also discuss your expectations and goals during this appointment to ensure you get the best possible treatment plan for your body.
Reverse tummy tuck is an outpatient procedure, meaning an overnight stay is not necessary. Pre-operative preparations may encompass medical evaluations, discussing expectations, and surgery scheduling.
Reverse tummy tuck surgery begins with local or general anesthesia application to eliminate any discomfort and pain during the surgical procedure.
The reverse abdominoplasty procedure starts with an incision made just below the breasts along the breast crease, extending from one side to the other. Next, the surgeon carefully eliminates excess skin of the upper abdomen. Reverse tummy tucks not only address drooping skin but even, enable the doctor to tighten any lax abdominal tissue, resulting in a more refined and smooth body contour.
Recovery and Post-Operative Care
After your tummy tuck procedure, you must rest. For four to six weeks, you will wear a light garment, avoiding strenuous activity throughout this healing process. During the initial days, you might experience mild discomfort, swelling, and bruising. Pain medications prescribed by the surgeon can help manage any pain. You should wear a compression garment to support the healing and reduce swelling. Light activity like walking is encouraged to promote blood circulation but avoid strenuous activities. It’s important to understand that complete healing and final results may take several months.
Traditional Tummy Tuck vs. Reverse Tummy Tuck Procedure
A traditional tummy tuck focuses on the lower abdomen, addressing excess skin and muscle tightening while a reverse tummy tuck targets the upper abdomen, dealing with sagging skin between the breasts and the navel.
The incision for a traditional tummy tuck is made low on the abdomen, while a reverse tummy tuck incision is typically in the upper abdominal region below the breasts.
While a traditional abdominoplasty involves muscle tightening, a reverse tummy tuck mainly focuses on skin removal and tightening, with some muscle work, if needed in the upper abdomen.
Also, a mini tummy tuck may be a reasonable option for patients who do not have much loose skin above the belly button but do have excess skin or fat below it.
Reverse abdominoplasty procedure can also be part of mommy makeover surgery.
Benefits Of Reverse Tummy Tuck Procedure
The reverse tummy tuck offers several potential benefits:
Upper Abdominal Rejuvenation
It focuses on the upper belly, fixing loose skin between the breasts and belly button.
Improved Posture and Core Strength
Fixing looseness in the upper belly through a reverse tummy tuck can result in better posture and stronger core muscles.
Enhanced Aesthetic Appearance
With the smoother, more toned appearance in the upper abdominal region, you will feel more confident and, you can wear more fitting clothes.
A reverse abdominoplasty is a fully customized surgery to your needs, and we always try to get optimal results for each patient.
In combination with a healthy lifestyle, reverse abdominoplasty provides lasting results.
Complementary to Other Procedures
Reverse abdominoplasty can be done jointly with other procedures or treatments to give a complete abdominal makeover.
It’s important to note that individual experiences and results may vary, and consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Lefkovits, is essential to determine if a reverse tummy tuck is the most suitable option for you.
For this reason, at Park Plaza Cosmetic Surgery Center, we offer free consultations for our future patients.