Difference between the traditional and hourglass tummy tuck
The hourglass tummy tuck is the plastic surgery procedure designed not only to deliver a flat and firm abdominal area but also to improve the appearance of the patient’s body by getting closer to an hourglass silhouette.
Nowadays many patients don’t understand the difference between the traditional tummy tuck and the hourglass tummy tuck. Moreover, it is often the case that the patient will go to the pre-operative consultation asking for a tummy tuck and be unhappy with the results, even if they were satisfactory by industry standards.
To better understand the differences between the two procedures, we need to see what each involves in terms of the operative plan and expected results after the surgery.
When it comes to the traditional tummy tuck, the procedure targets the muscles of the abdominal wall as well as the skin and fat tissue that are in excess. During this procedure, the plastic surgeon will strengthen the loose abdominal muscles with sutures and also eliminate the excess skin and fat tissue. Once these steps are performed, the surgical wounds are sutured and the procedure is done. The results to be achieved after the procedure are a flat and firm abdomen with no sagginess on the inferior part of the stomach.
When it comes to the hourglass tummy tuck, the procedure targets not only the muscles and the excess skin, but also the thickness of the adipose layer on the tummy and the flanks and aims to correct narrow hips. When this procedure is performed, the plastic surgeon will begin by performing liposuction on the abdominal wall and the flanks to reduce the circumference of the waist and tummy and create a beautiful profile by eliminating the adipose pockets on the flanks. After the desired results are achieved with liposuction, the plastic surgeon will perform the tummy tuck. During this time, the fat collected with liposuction is processed and purified. The pure fat cells are then re-injected into the hips during the third stage of the procedure. The results to be expected after the hourglass tummy tuck are a flat and firm tummy, better-defined waist and profile and more voluminous hips. The aim of the procedure is to create a good proportion between the waist and the hips so the patient can enjoy the much-desired hourglass silhouette.
The differences between the two procedures are both in terms of what happens during the operation and also what results can be achieved with each of them. The traditional tummy tuck can leave the patient with a square shape because the flanks are not addressed and the adipose tissue there might have altered the beautiful shape of the body. The hourglass tummy tuck is performed with the purpose of enhancing the appearance of the midline area, not only the tummy but as well as the hips.