Reverse Tummy Tuck in Reston, VA
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what is a reverse tummy tuck?
There are several factors that can lead to the development of loose skin on the body including aging, pregnancy and weight loss. Thankfully, there are procedures that can be performed to diminish loose skin and create a younger, tighter appearance.
A regular tummy tuck places a low incision to pull extra skin down and remove it. A reverse tummy tuck places and incision under the breasts to pull extra skin up and remove it.
A reverse tummy tuck (upper abdominoplasty) can be a beneficial procedure for patients who are concerned about excess/loose skin and unwanted fat on their upper stomach. This includes fat deposits that develop from excess skin below the breasts and are most prominent when sitting. Additionally, a reverse tummy tuck procedure can be useful for patients who have had a previous tummy tuck or liposuction procedure, but are not completely satisfied with their results because of the formation of scar tissue. At Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Reston, VA, our plastic surgeons are proud to offer reverse tummy tuck procedures to help patients look and feel their best. To learn more, contact our facility to schedule a consultation today.
am i a candidate for a reverse tummy tuck?
Candidates for a reverse tummy tuck procedure need to be in good overall health and have realistic expectations for their results. Ideally, women who are wanting a reverse tummy tuck will not be planning to get pregnant in the future. Pregnancy after a reverse tummy tuck will greatly affect and alter the results of the procedure. A reverse tummy tuck can be beneficial for both men and women who have experienced extreme weight loss and are now at their goal weight. It can also be helpful for women who have excess or loose skin due to pregnancy and/or aging. During the initial consultation, we will listen to your concerns and goals while also examining the your stomach before discussing any recommendations. Prior to the actual procedure, you will receive a custom treatment plan that will achieve your desired results.
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how is a reverse tummy tuck done?
To perform the reverse tummy tuck surgery, a single incision is placed in the natural creases below the breasts (the inframammary folds). Once the incision is made, excess skin is pulled up and removed. The final scar rests under the breasts where it typically conceals well. This procedure is particularly popular in women who already have a scar in this location after a breast reduction or lift. Liposuction and muscle tightening can also be performed through this incision if your doctor deems them necessary.
how long is recovery from a reverse tummy tuck?
The reverse tummy tuck is performed as an outpatient surgery with the patient under general anesthesia, and it typically last about 2 – 3 hours. After an observation period, the patient will be allowed to leave to recover at home. Patients are seen at day 1 for a checkup, and around a week for suture removal. Patients should wear a post-surgical compression garment that will help support their core while they regain their strength and improve their blood circulation for better healing. After surgery, patients should allow their body to rest and heal, but short walks throughout the recovery period are encouraged. Core exercise can be resumed by 6 weeks, but many patients are able to return to sedentary jobs and perform light activities within a week or two.
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With a reverse tummy tuck procedure, we can help you achieve the results you desire. At our practice, each of our plastic surgeons work to create customized treatment plans to help you receive your wanted outcome. Contact our Reston, VA facility today to schedule a consultation and get one step closer to looking and feeling your best.