How is the hourglass tummy tuck different from the hourglass hip procedure? - Hourglass Tummy Tuck
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How is the hourglass tummy tuck different from the hourglass hip procedure?

How is the hourglass tummy tuck different from the hourglass hip procedure?

 

The tummy tuck is recommended for patients who had multiple pregnancies, massive weight loss, or had the appearance of their tummies affected by the natural aging process. The procedure entails the correction of the imperfections of the abdominal wall, mainly strengthening loose abdominal muscles and getting rid of the excess of skin on the inferior part of the tummy.

The hourglass tummy tuck can be performed following different surgical plans that are created depending on the physical characteristics of the patient and his aesthetic goals. Among the types of tummy tucks often performed nowadays are the mini tummy tuck, the full tummy tuck, the extended tummy tuck, and the hourglass tummy tuck. As you can imagine, these procedures are all variations of the tummy tuck; however, there is one procedure that is much more than a simple abdominoplasty: the hourglass tummy tuck.

The hourglass tummy tuck was developed in recent years to correct the flaws left behind after abdominoplasty and to help patients considerably improve their bodies. When coming to the pre-operative consultation to correct the appearance of the abdomen, many patients want to know how the hourglass tummy tuck is different from the hourglass hip procedure and the classic tummy tuck. 

When the hourglass tummy tuck is performed, the plastic surgeon will use the surgical techniques that are also performed when a classic tummy tuck is performed, but also with liposuction and fat transfer to the hips. Liposuction aims to make the waist smaller by removing the adipose tissue in excess on the flanks and the abdominal wall, and fat transfer to the hips aims to make the hips wider and more voluminous for a better hip-to-waist ratio and a more curvaceous body.

But what happens when the hourglass hip procedure is performed? This procedure is not a variation of the classic tummy tuck, as it doesn’t aim to improve the appearance of the tummy in any way. Patients who have a recommendation for the hourglass hip procedure don’t have an excess of skin folds on the inferior part of the tummy, relaxed abdominal muscles, or other imperfections that are usually corrected with the help of the tummy tuck. Good candidates for the hourglass hip procedure are confronted with unwanted fat deposits on the tummy and flanks and have narrow hips.

The hourglass hip procedure is less invasive than the hourglass tummy tuck, and it actually entails the same steps, aside from the abdominoplasty. In other words, it is just liposuction on the midline and fat transfer to the hips that will be performed with the hourglass hip procedure. The procedure can deliver spectacular results for patients with a strong medical indication for it and can help the patient achieve a more curvaceous and alluring silhouette. 

 

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