When it comes to a belly bulge, sometimes healthy eating and exercise can only get you so far. At Noble Cosmetic Surgery in Plano, Texas, Dr. Patrick Obasi specializes in the reverse tummy tuck and other cosmetic procedures that will tone and trim your midsection. For men and women who want a more sculpted, youthful physique, Dr. Obasi can help you achieve the body you’ve always longed for.
Reverse Tummy Tuck Q & A
A traditional tummy tuck addresses the area below the navel. A reverse tummy tuck involves removing fat and skin from the area above the navel. Both procedures are similar in how they’re carried out. Dr. Obasi makes an incision or a series of incisions across the breast area, the hips, or near the navel. He loosens skin from the abdominal wall and repairs weakened muscles or fascia. He may use liposuction to remove excess fat and manipulate the abdomen more easily. Then, he removes any excess skin and pulls or “tucks” the area closed with stitches. Most patients end up with a lower abdomen that’s more contoured and an upper abdomen that’s tighter and slimmer.
Dr. Obasi can meet with you to determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for the reverse tummy tuck procedure. An easy way to see if this procedure might benefit you is to take your shirt off and stand in front of a mirror. Bend forward at the waist. If flesh from your belly button to the pelvic area looks smooth and tight, but skin from the breast to navel hangs downward, a reverse tummy tuck can probably help. Additionally, you might be a good candidate for reverse tummy tuck surgery if:
- You don’t smoke
- You have reasonably good overall health
- You’re at or near your ideal body weight
- You have realistic expectations for the outcome
As with any cosmetic procedure, your results depend on your ability to follow aftercare instructions and make healthy lifestyle choices. When it comes to a reverse tummy tuck, results are usually long-lasting, provided you don’t gain a significant amount of weight. As you age, gravity can take a toll on the body, and this might also affect your results. Pregnancy could also change the shape of your abdomen after a reverse tummy tuck. However, with a healthy diet and lifestyle, you can expect to enjoy a flatter, more sculpted tummy for years to come. Call or click today to schedule a reverse tummy tuck consultation with Dr. Obasi.