Are you looking for a solution to a bulging or sagging stomach? If so, you may have heard of reverse tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty). It’s a cosmetic surgery procedure that tightens or firms the abdominal region. It can be a great solution to a flat stomach—but it’s important to understand what it is and who it’s right for before you take the plunge.
Reverse tummy tuck is a type of abdominoplasty that focuses mainly on the upper abdominal area. In traditional abdominoplasty, the lower abdominal area is often the target of the surgery; reverse tummy tuck, however, aims to address excess, sagging skin in the same general area. This procedure can help improve body contours to create a flatter, more toned abdomen.
In this article, we’ll discuss what a reverse tummy tuck is and what it can do for you. We’ll also provide you with information about the treatment process and necessary aftercare. By the end, you should be armed with the knowledge necessary to make an informed decision about reverse tummy tuck.
What Is Reverse Tummy Tuck?
A reverse tummy tuck, otherwise known as a partial abdominoplasty, is a procedure that focuses on the removal of excess skin on the upper abdomen. Traditional tummy tucks target the lower abdomen by removing loose skin—the reverse of this is what makes up a reverse tummy tuck. The most common difference between a traditional tummy tuck and a reverse tummy tuck is that the latter focuses on the upper abdomen above the belly button while the former targets both the upper and lower sections.
In a reverse tummy tuck, an incision is made in the inframammary crease below the breast folds to tighten and lift the baggy, sagging skin from the stomach area. This procedure is more limited than traditional tummy tucks, and it can also be done in combination with liposuction to remove pockets of fat and improve body contours (more on this later).
Who Is a Good Candidate for Reverse Tummy Tuck?
Reverse tummy tuck is most appropriate for those who have loose skin on the upper abdomen but maintain a tight lower abdomen. Generally, good candidate are healthy and in good overall physical condition; non-smokers; and have reasonable expectations for the outcome of the procedure.
It is important to note that a reverse tummy tuck is not a substitute for diet and exercise. It’s important to understand that a reverse tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that is designed to target excess skin, not body fat. If you’re looking to lose weight, diet and exercise can help you achieve those goals.
What Are the Benefits of Reverse Tummy Tuck?
Reverse tummy tuck can help you achieve a toned, flattened-out look on the upper abdomen. It can also help you feel more confident in your clothes and your body in general.
In addition, the procedure can address issues like excess skin, which can result from major weight fluctuations or significant weight loss (both of which can be more difficult to address with diet and exercise). This can help create a smoother stomach profile and improve overall body contours.
What Does Reverse Tummy Tuck Treatment Involve?
Reverse tummy tuck treatment typically involves general anesthesia, an initial incision, a second incision being made parallel to the first, and removal of excess skin. While the length and direction of the incision depend on the type of tummy tuck you are receiving, it is typically made in the inframammary crease below the breast folds.
The physician will then pull the abdominal muscles together, close the incisions with sutures and wrap the area with soft bandaging. The treatment may vary slightly depending on your individual needs; it’s important to discuss the specifics of the treatment with your doctor beforehand.
Recovery and Aftercare
Your recovery from a reverse tummy tuck will vary depending on factors like your age, overall physical health and the amount of tissue that needs to be removed. It’s important to plan for some downtime—and a support system—in order to recover properly.
During surgery and recovery, your doctor may recommend the use of a tense or compression garment to minimize swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the abdomen. Generally, it should be worn for at least six weeks after the procedure.
You’ll also need to follow aftercare instructions to prevent any potential complications. This may include avoiding any strenuous activities (or activities that involve exertion) for a few weeks and to avoid direct sunlight for at least a month.
Is Reverse Tummy Tuck Right for You?
Reverse tummy tuck can be a great way to address issues such as excess skin and to create a flatter and more toned abdomen. It is important, however, to know what the procedure and recovery process involves—as well as who is a good candidate for the procedure—in order to make an informed decision.
If you’d like to learn more about reverse tummy tuck and whether it might be right for you, find a board certified plastic surgeon in your area that can answer your questions and help you make the right decision.