A reverse tummy tuck tightens and contours the upper rather than the lower abdomen, like a traditional tummy tuck.
The procedure addresses loose skin above the belly button and helps to achieve a toned upper abdomen appearance. When you’re ready to resculpt your silhouette, a reverse tummy tuck may be what you need.
What is a Reverse Tummy Tuck?
Unlike a traditional tummy tuck, which focuses on the lower abdomen, a reverse tuck targets the upper abdomen and is often combined with a breast lift or reduction.
In a reverse tummy tuck, the incision is made in the lower part of the breast, and the excess skin is pulled up to create a tighter, more toned appearance in the upper abdomen. The procedure is often recommended for patients with excess skin and sagging in the upper abdomen but not in the lower abdomen.
In contrast, a tummy tuck involves an incision in the lower abdomen, from hip to hip, and excess skin and fat removal from the lower abdomen. The abdominal muscles may also be tightened during a tummy tuck to create a flatter, more toned appearance in the midsection.
Am I a Good Candidate For a Reverse Tummy Tuck?
Consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon is essential to determine candidacy and potential risks associated with the procedure. That being said, the following factors decide whether or not you are a good candidate for a reverse tummy tuck:
- The procedure is ideal for individuals with excess skin and fat in the upper abdomen
- Candidates should not have significant muscle separation or weakness in the lower abdomen
- It is a good option for those who have undergone significant weight loss or pregnancy
- Ideal candidates should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure
- Candidates should be committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle to help support the results
Reverse Tummy Tuck Procedure and Recovery
Dr. Markelov will make an incision along the lower part of your breastbone and remove excess skin and fat from the upper abdomen. The remaining skin is pulled down and secured with sutures to create a tighter and smoother appearance. The surgery usually takes 2-3 hours, and you will be monitored in the recovery room before discharge.
In terms of recovery, here’s what you need to know:
- After the surgery, you will need to wear a compression garment to minimize swelling and support the healing process
- You may experience some pain, swelling, and bruising, which can be managed with pain medication and ice packs
- You should avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for at least 4-6 weeks and follow your surgeon's instructions for wound care and follow-up appointments
- You may need to take time off work and limit your physical activities for several weeks
Benefits of Reverse Tummy Tuck
If you are looking for a way to improve the appearance of your upper abdomen, a reverse tummy tuck may be the solution you need. The procedure can be done under straight local anesthesia or with sedation, meaning there is no need for general anesthesia. Additionally, it can be combined with liposuction if necessary to contour the abdomen further. With no drains or sutures to take out, downtime is minimal, and recovery is rapid.
Here are some additional reverse tummy tuck benefits:
- Improves skin laxity: As you age, your skin loses elasticity, which can result in sagging skin around your lower abdomen. A reverse tummy tuck can help tighten and smooth out this area, giving you a youthful appearance.
- Reduces the appearance of stretch marks: If you have stretch marks on your lower abdomen, a reverse tummy tuck can help reduce its appearance by removing excess skin.
- Creates a more defined waistline: By tightening the skin around your lower abdomen, a reverse tummy tuck can help create a more defined waist, giving you a more hourglass figure.
- Improves overall body contour: A reverse tummy tuck can help improve the overall contour of your body, making you feel more confident and comfortable in your own skin.
- Minimal scarring: Unlike traditional tummy tucks, which leave a scar along the lower abdomen, a reverse tummy tuck only leaves a small scar along the bra line, easily hidden by clothing.
Why Choose Markelov MD For a Reverse Tummy Tuck?
A reverse tummy tuck with Dr. Markelov can significantly enhance your self-confidence by transforming how you carry yourself. This procedure can slim the upper abdomen area, improving the overall contour of your body and well-being. Dr. Markelov takes a personalized approach to each patient's figure and sculpts desired areas into a refined silhouette. He is double board certified and has undergone extensive education from top medical institutions nationwide. Dr. Markelov has been recognized for his patient care and teaching and has performed many surgeries at a prominent, well-regarded practice in Beverly Hills, California. He completed his plastic surgery training at the top-rated University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and general surgery training at Drexel University College of Medicine at Easton Hospital.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Markelov!