Tummy tuck with lipo on the flanks can create the hourglass shape
The silhouette of the woman is probably the first thing we notice about her. You might think it is the breasts, the buttocks, or the face, but when we see someone for the first time, it is actually the contours of the body that we notice. The hourglass shape is the most wanted body shape of all time for women. It stands for a small waist, larger hips, and also voluptuous breasts. The hourglass shape is not about having E size breasts or having a rib removed to get an incredibly small waist. It is about the harmony of the features of the body. We can have the hourglass shape in women of different sizes. It is not about being thin, but being curvaceous.
There are women undergoing the tummy tuck only to end up disappointed with the results months after. The goals of the tummy tuck are correcting the imperfections of the abdominal wall such as loose abdominal muscles, umbilical hernia, and excess skin on the inferior part of the tummy. Abdominoplasty doesn’t deal with the excess of fat that can trigger the rectangular shape of the body. This is the reason why even after undergoing a tummy tuck, some patients still won’t have a nice silhouette. For these patients, the right solution would be combined plastic surgery procedures.
Liposuction is among two the most performed plastic surgery procedures in the world. It can be effectively used and with long-term results to eliminate fat deposits from different parts of the body, such as the flanks and the abdominal wall. When using liposuction together with a tummy tuck, the plastic surgeon can reduce the thickness of the adipose layer on the tummy and the flanks, hence creating better aesthetic results. This is the reason why liposuction is commonly performed with the tummy tuck. But is tummy tuck with liposuction on the flanks enough to create an hourglass shape? The answer is different from patient to patient.
For some patients, liposuction with abdominoplasty is enough to deliver the expected aesthetic results. This means that by reducing the dimensions of the waist and creating a firm and flat tummy, the patient can enjoy an hourglass figure. But this is only valid for patients who naturally have wider hips. For patients with small, narrow hips, undergoing just a tummy tuck combined with liposuction will not be enough to deliver the hourglass silhouette. To achieve the hourglass silhouette in patients with narrow hips, the plastic surgeon also needs to perform fat transfer to the hips.
As the main characteristic of the hourglass figure is a good hip-to-waist ratio, many patients will also require fat grafting to the hips to make them wider, aside from the liposuction needed to make the waist smaller. When liposuction is performed with fat transfer to the hips and tummy tuck, the procedure is known as the hourglass tummy tuck.