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If you’re having trouble achieving a flat and toned abdomen after pregnancy or significant weight loss, a reverse abdominoplasty may be a suitable option.
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Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is an increasingly common surgical procedure to remove excess abdominal skin and fat.
Whereas traditional abdominoplasty addresses the issue of loose skin in both the upper and lower abdomen, reverse abdominoplasty focuses on removing excess, loose skin from only the upper abdomen, resulting in a firmer, flatter stomach.
When is Reverse Abdominoplasty Better than Traditional Abdominoplasty?
Reverse abdominoplasty is suitable for Individuals with a generally tight midsection but with noticeable skin excess and stubborn fat in the upper abdomen that cannot be adequately addressed with a traditional abdominoplasty.
Just as with traditional abdominoplasty, results are typically permanent. However, patients should maintain a healthy weight with diet and exercise, since fluctuations in weight can affect results.
Good candidates are men and women with stubborn fat rolls or loose skin in the lower abdomen, or patients with some excess fatty tissue in the lower abdomen but without skin excess. You will also need to be in good general health with realistic expectations of what surgery can do for you.
Reverse abdominoplasty is not recommended for women planning to become pregnant, since pregnancy can cause the entire abdominal area to become stretched.
Reverse abdominoplasty is performed under general anaesthesia on an outpatient basis.
The surgery begins with incisions placed along the lower breast fold and then across the lower sternum to connect both sides of the abdomen. The resulting scars are easily hidden even under a bikini.
The full thickness of the skin is lifted down the abdomen preserving the vital blood supply on either side of the belly button. Upper abdominal muscles will also be tightened if necessary. Liposuction may be used to address excess abdominal fat.
There is no need to reposition the belly button, which usually forms a part of the traditional tummy tuck.
Before & After
Before the Surgery
- Read the pre-surgery instructions They will help prevent complications and improve outcomes for your surgery.
- Plan to take 1 week off work and your normal activities.
- Shower and clean yourself thoroughly with soap in the morning of the surgery.
- Do not eat or drink anything from midnight on the day of the surgery.
- You will typically be able to return home on the same day after surgery.
- Some swelling and bruising is normal post-surgery; post-operative pain can be controlled with painkillers.
- The incisions will be covered by a bandage or compression garment. This should be left in place until your surgeon advises you that it is safe to remove it.
- Once the bandage has been removed, take care to keep the incision clean.
- Take all medications prescribed by your doctor.
- Your surgeon may recommend a topical medication. This should be applied to the scar according to instructions given to you.
- Avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for at least 4 weeks.
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