Square shape of the body after tummy tuck
The tummy tuck is a plastic surgery procedure performed to help patients get a flat and firm tummy. The procedure addresses both men and women and can be performed on patients of different ages. There are many causes of an unpleasant appearance of the tummy, among them, weight variations and multiple pregnancies. The skin can start sagging on the tummy also due to the natural aging process, especially when the patient has a sedentary life.
To be eligible to undergo the tummy tuck, patients need to have good health and emotional condition and realistic expectations from the procedure. Some patients will get a square shape of the body after the tummy tuck and can be quite dissatisfied with this result. This is why it is important to understand what the procedure can do for you.
The tummy tuck is performed to eliminate skin sagginess from the abdominal wall. The plastic surgeon will also make sure to strengthen the abdominal muscles in case they have been affected by diastasis recti and also correct umbilical hernia, if it is present. The skin is detached from the abdominal muscles to allow access, then the plastic surgeon will suture the muscles together on the median line to get a flat and firm tummy. After the muscles have been strengthened, the skin and fat tissues are re-draped on the tummy and the excess is eliminated. In short, this is how the tummy tuck is performed. As you can see, the plastic surgeon won’t address any unwanted adipose deposits, and the procedure doesn’t have an effect on the flanks.
Unwanted adipose deposits on the flanks can create a boxy appearance of the body and a square shape that many patients don’t consider a good result. But, as you can see, there is nothing that abdominoplasty does to the fat deposits. There is another plastic surgery procedure that is performed with the aim of eliminating unwanted fat deposits, and this is liposuction.
To correct the square shape of the body after the tummy tuck, the plastic surgeon might recommend liposuction and, in some cases, even a fat transfer to the hips might be a good solution. A responsible and experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon will be able to recommend the correct plastic surgery procedure from the beginning, so there is no need for the patient to undergo repeated procedures.
Combining liposuction with fat transfer to the hips and abdominoplasty is known as the hourglass tummy tuck and is a modern, cutting-edge procedure that can only a few plastic surgeons offer. The procedure delivers superior results and can lead to a more dramatic and visible improvement in the appearance of the body. Make sure to choose an experienced plastic surgeon for your hourglass procedure.