Main flaws of the traditional tummy tuck - Hourglass Tummy Tuck
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Main flaws of the traditional tummy tuck

Main flaws of the traditional tummy tuck


The appearance of the tummy can be negatively affected by many factors, but it is mostly weight fluctuations and pregnancy that can cause a not-so-appealing appearance of the abdominal area. Nowadays, most patients will resort to a tummy tuck to enhance the appearance of the tummy and get rid of the sagginess; however, it is important to know that the traditional tummy tuck has certain limitations or flaws as some might consider, such as:

–    It doesn’t reduce the dimensions of the waist

When preparing for a tummy tuck, most patients will have in mind a flat and firm abdominal area and a slimmer waist. But few are aware of the fact that it is not in the goals of the traditional tummy tuck to work on the waist to slim it down. The tummy tuck consists mainly of strengthening the abdominal muscles and removing the excess skin. This means that it mostly addresses the front of the body while the waist is made out of the front and sides. The flanks are not corrected during the traditional tummy tuck, and because of this, the waist does not get any smaller after the procedure.

Patients with a recommendation for the tummy tuck have a flap of skin that partially or entirely covers the suprapubic area or have bad skin tonus. The plastic surgeon makes an incision lower on the abdomen, lifts the skin from the muscles, strengthen the muscles with sutures, then pulls back the skin and sutures the incisions. As you can see, there is no reduction in the circumference of the waist, but there will be a reduction on the lower part of the abdomen where the sagginess is.

–    It can leave the patient with a square body shape

The traditional tummy tuck method doesn’t address the flanks at all. This means that the patient can be left with a flat and firm tummy, but also with a square shape of the body due to the adipose deposits that are often localized on the flanks. Just think of Spongebob and you will understand why this is a major flaw of the tummy tuck. The traditional tummy tuck can’t create a beautiful shape of the body as its only purpose is to firm and tone the abdominal area. This is the reason why another procedure was developed and perfected over the years: the hourglass tummy tuck. When the hourglass tummy tuck is performed, the main flaws of the traditional tummy tuck are addressed. Liposuction is performed on the abdominal wall and the flanks to reduce the circumference of the waist, while fat transfer is performed on the hips to create beautiful curves.









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