Are there specific risks to undergoing an hourglass tummy tuck?
Abdominoplasty is the procedure recommended for patients with an excess of skin tissue on the lower part of the tummy. The procedure can also help patients suffering from diastasis recti, a condition characterized by the gap that can occur between the left and right abdominal muscles due to various causes, but mostly pregnancy. Abdominoplasty is a complex procedure and can help patients get a firm and flat abdominal area; however, it doesn’t improve the contours of the body considerably.
Over the last few years, I have developed and perfected another procedure called the hourglass tummy tuck that aims to correct the flaws of the classic abdominoplasty. When the classic tummy tuck is performed on patients with small hips and adipose pockets on the flanks, the results will not be satisfactory as the patient will still have a square shape after the procedure. The hourglass tummy tuck is performed to help patients achieve superior results and get the most wanted shape of the body: the hourglass silhouette.
The hourglass tummy tuck is a combination of classic abdominoplasty with liposuction and fat transfer to the hips. The curvaceous body is created by eliminating fat from the midline where it usually is in excess, processing this fat, and injecting it into the hips. Narrow hips can create a square shape and a boyish appearance. To make the silhouette more feminine, we perform fat transfer to the hips to give them more volume. This way, the hip-to-waist ratio will be improved and the body shape becomes much more alluring.
When patients are recommended the hourglass tummy tuck instead of the classic abdominoplasty, they often want to know if there are specific risks associated with the procedure. The hourglass tummy tuck is more complex than the classic abdominoplasty as it combines three plastic surgery procedures in one. This means that we have the risks of all three procedures and not only the risks associated with the classic tummy tuck.
However, the good news is that most of the risks are common for all procedures such as infection, excessive bleeding, seroma and hematoma, and so on. Liposuction is associated with minimal risks and complications, and the same is valid for fat transfer to the hips. Aside from the common risks associated with undergoing a tummy tuck and liposuction, there are no other specific risks to undergoing an hourglass tummy tuck.
In terms of the results, the only risk could be losing the fat that was transferred to the hips in the next months after the procedure. It is normal for the body to reabsorb about 30% to 40% of the fat transferred during the procedure. This means that the hips will lose volume in the first month, but in about two months the results will stabilize and the fat that is left will stay there.