Reverse Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty
A reverse tummy tuck, also known as a reverse abdominoplasty, is an aesthetic surgical procedure that removes excess, loose skin from the upper abdomen. The traditional tummy tuck addresses the issue of loose skin of both the upper and lower abdomen. A reverse tummy tuck focuses on removing excess, loose skin above the belly button or navel. Therefore a woman with a tight lower tummy but loose skin of the upper tummy would be an ideal candidate for this surgery. Of course an ideal candidate is also in good health, is a non-smoker, and has realistic expectations.
The reverse tummy tuck procedure is not performed very often. The primary reason is that most women who want a tummy tuck have loose skin both below and above the belly button. To address these problem areas, a traditional tummy tuck is done. Additionally, some women do not like the incision required for a reverse tummy tuck.
Dr. Moliver walks us through a Reverse Abdominoplasty procedure – from drawing out the “Body Blue Print,” to making the first cut in the operating room.
WARNING: The following video contains surgical footage that may not be suitable for all audiences.
Are you unsure if you need a reverse abdominoplasty? Try standing in front of a mirror and bend forward at the waist. Now focus on your belly button. What do you see? Is the skin below your belly button loose and hanging toward the floor but the skin above your belly is in good shape? You most likely need a mini-abdominoplasty. Now if the skin below and above your belly button is hanging loose and downward you may need a traditional abdominoplasty. Finally, if the skin below your belly button is nice and smooth, but the skin above your belly button is loose and hanging downward, chances are you may be a great candidate for a reverse tummy tuck.
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