Scarring after the hourglass tummy tuck
Scarring after the hourglass tummy tuck
Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as the tummy tuck, is a complex plastic surgery procedure performed with the aim to eliminate fat and skin tissues that are in excess on the inferior part of the tummy. During this procedure, the plastic surgeon can also strengthen loose abdominal muscles and correct umbilical hernia, if present.
The tummy tuck is recommended for patients of both sexes and of different ages who suffer from imperfections of the abdominal wall caused by different factors such as weight fluctuations, massive weight loss, or multiple pregnancies. This procedure is for patients of a normal weight who understand the limitations, risks, and complications associated with the procedure.
The hourglass tummy tuck derives from the classic abdominoplasty but has been improved to correct imperfections of the silhouette such as adipose deposits on the flanks, tummy, and narrow hips. The hourglass tummy tuck is a combination of liposuction, tummy tuck and fat transfer to the hips. As you can see, multiple areas of the body are targeted.
For liposuction, small incisions are required. The plastic surgeon will start on the flanks and abdomen and insert the liposuction cannula that will liquify and extract fat. The incisions are often no larger than 3 to 4 mm. When it comes to the incisions for the tummy tuck, we always have a suprapubic incision that can be smaller or from hip bone to hip bone. This incision is needed so the plastic surgeon can detach the skin from the muscles and then remove the excess skin tissue. If the skin sagginess is more severe, an additional incision will be required to reposition the belly button. This incision will have a circular shape and will be positioned around the navel. Most tummy tucks don’t need more than these two incisions, but if the procedure is performed secondary to massive weight loss (e.g. on patients who had bariatric surgery), additional incisions will be needed in many cases. These incisions can be performed on the flanks when there is saggy skin there as well. When it comes to the incisions needed for the fat transfer, they are also small and negligible as the plastic surgeon will use special syringes to inject the fat into the hips.
As you can see, the scarring after the hourglass tummy tuck is not very different from the scars left behind by a classic abdominoplasty procedure. The scarring can be different from patient to patient and depending on the cicatrization process of each patient. However, it is important to understand that the significant scars that are left behind are the same as in the case of the traditional tummy tuck. The scars left after liposuction and the fat transfer to the hips are usually very difficult to detect after they are fully healed and matured for people who don’t know you had undergone surgery.
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