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Least Invasive Tummy Tuck

The least invasive tummy tuck is a great choice for anyone who wants to undergo this procedure but is concerned about the potential risks of more invasive approaches. This approach involves minimal incisions and less tissue removal, which means that recovery time is shorter and outcomes are generally very good.

If you’re interested in learning more about this approach and how it might be right for you, please contact us today! In this guide, we review the aspects of Least Invasive Tummy Tuck, non surgical tummy tuck with emsculpt, Is there non-invasive surgery for flat stomach, and What is a minimal incision tummy tuck?

Least Invasive Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck can have amazing results, restoring your body to a more toned, firm appearance. Many women have a tummy tuck after childbirth, and both women and men can benefit from a tummy tuck after losing weight. But does a tummy tuck have to be surgical? Are there minimally invasive tummy tuck options and tummy tuck alternatives? Yes. Medical innovations have allowed us to offer tummy tuck alternatives for people who want a wider range of treatment options. Let’s cover exactly what we mean by a minimally invasive tummy tuck, and look at your tummy tuck alternatives.

Understanding a traditional tummy tuck

Before we cover minimally invasive tummy tuck options, we’ll talk briefly about the traditional tummy tuck operation. Generally when someone says they’re having a tummy tuck, they’re referring to a fairly intensive procedure that involves an incision all the way across the tummy area. This large incision allows us to remove a notable amount of excess skin. When we then close the incision, we pull the skin tight which creates a more smooth, toned-looking tummy. In addition to removing skin, we often remove some fat during a tummy tuck, and can even restructure the muscles. This is especially important for women who have a condition called diastasis recti (separated abdominal muscles) after pregnancy. The reason it’s important to understand a traditional tummy tuck, is that minimally invasive tummy tuck options have some similarities, but other differences.

Mini tummy tuck

If you’ve heard the phrase ‘mini tummy tuck’ you’re likely wondering what that involves. Is a mini tummy tuck the same as a full tummy tuck, but for people who only have a small amount of skin to remove? Does a mini tummy tuck have smaller scars? Does a mini tummy tuck have a shorter recovery?

A mini tummy tuck is a less invasive surgery that can be a great option for some people. During a mini tummy tuck, the surgeon makes a small incision – usually a few inches long – in your lower abdominal area. Through this incision we are able to tighten muscles if necessary, as well as remove select areas of fat if you’ve chosen to have liposuction as part of your mini tummy tuck. The incision is important in that it also allows us to remove excess skin, sometimes including stretch marks, which lets us to create a more tight, firm tummy area. The placement of the incision means it can usually be hidden by a bathing suit bottom.

Benefits of a mini tummy tuck

A mini tummy tuck has the advantages of being able to remove skin and fat from your midsection. In this way, the results are often more pronounced than with a non-surgical procedure. The benefits of a mini tummy tuck, when compared to a traditional tummy tuck, often include:

  • Shorter surgery time
  • Shorter & easier recovery time
  • Less invasive procedure
  • Smaller scar

Candidates for a mini tummy tuck

People who are candidates for a mini tummy tuck are usually those with a small ‘pooch’ on their lower tummy, that they would like removed. Candidates are generally at or near their goal weight, and in good overall health.

Disadvantages of a mini tummy tuck

While a mini tummy tuck is a good choice for some people, it is important to understand that a mini tummy tuck does not address excess fat, skin, or stretch marks above the belly button. A mini tummy tuck may also not remove as significant an amount of fat or skin as a full tummy tuck.

Vaser Liposuction

Vaser Liposuction is a strong option for some people who want minimally invasive tummy tuck results that focus on fat reduction. This treatment is a minimally invasive tummy tuck alternative that allows for a decrease in fat, while smoothing and slimming the tummy area. Vaser Lipo is more gentle than traditional liposuction, because we begin by carefully dislodging the fat using ultrasound. This allows the surgeon to more gently and easily remove targeted areas of fat.

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Benefits of Vaser Liposuction

The benefits of Vaser Lipo include:

  • More gentle than traditional liposuction
  • Minimally invasive
  • Almost no scarring
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Removal of fat combined with the ability to tighten skin
  • Option for using the removed fat in a fat transfer procedure

Candidates for Vaser Liposuction

While the best way to understand if you are a candidate for Vaser Liposuction is by scheduling a consultation with one of our surgeons, there are some characteristics we look for:

  • A non smoker in good health
  • Someone who is at or near their goal weight
  • A patient who does not need muscle-tightening as part of their procedure
  • Those without the need for extensive skin removal

Disadvantages of Vaser Liposuction

It is important to keep in mind that if you have separated abdominal muscles, which can happen after pregnancy, Vaser Liposuction will not be able to address that concern. Vaser Lipo is more often a good choice when someone wants to remove targeted areas of fat from their tummy. If your concern is excess skin, but you do not want fat removal, Vaser may not be the best option in your case.

Tummy Tuck Alternatives: shrinking fat

If you are interested in an alternative to a tummy tuck that focuses on a reduction of fat and smoothing of skin tone, there are two non-invasive treatments that may be right for you.

  • VelaShape Cellulite Treatment: VelaShape is a non-invasive treatment that may work well for people who want to reduce targeted areas of fat like a pooch on their abdomen. VelaShape targets both the skin and the deeper layers of fat. Because of this combination, VelaShape can be used on areas where you want to slim down, as well as see a tightened skin tone. This virtually painless treatment uses a combination of infrared light, bi-polar radio frequency energy and vacuum to heat fat and connective tissue. This treatment stimulates collagen growth which can result in tighter skin, smoother skin, and a reduction of fat.
  • Venus Legacy: Our Venus Legacy treatment is another tummy tuck alternative that is a great option for some people. If you want to tighten sagging skin and smooth the appearance of cellulite, this may be a good treatment for you. Venus Legacy uses Multi-Polar Radio Frequency and Pulsed Electro Magnetic Fields that heat the skin and fat tissue in a comfortable, non-invasive treatment. This technology naturally increases collagen and elastin which improve the appearance of saggy or loose skin. Venus Legacy also shrinks fat cells, allowing for a more toned and slim silhouette, which can be a viable alternative to a traditional tummy tuck.

Whether you’re interested in a less invasive procedure like a mini-tummy tuck, or non surgical tummy tuck alternatives, please reach out to us. Our experts can educate you on your options for obtaining a slimmer, tighter, more toned midsection.

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Non Surgical Tummy Tuck Before and After

The midsection is prone to three frustrating but common conditions: excess fat, loose skin, and stretch marks. Some ways to address them, from most to least invasive:

Most Dramatic: Tucking It In

Abdominoplasty costs $4,000 to $15,000, depending on the extent of the procedure, while lipo runs $5,000 to $10,500. With lipo, expect up to four weeks of recovery time versus up to eight for a tummy tuck (which also comes with a long horizontal scar along the bikini line).

The Non-Surgical Approach

For those who have less fat to remove—or are willing to trade dramatic results for an easier, less expensive option to lipo—a new procedure called Vanquish goes one step beyond non-invasive: It never touches your body. An applicator that hovers over the skin delivers radio-frequency (RF) energy that heats fat cells to 120 degrees, killing them.

The procedure is painless and can treat a larger area than most other RF devices. If you want to target the entire abdomen instead of just love handles, this procedure can do it.

“A patient can expect up to 60 percent of fat cells destroyed after four treatments,” says Nia Banks, a plastic surgeon in Lanham. “However, people who practice light to moderate exercise and maintain a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, have the best outcome.”

Four to six treatments are recommended, one to two weeks apart, to destroy fat cells permanently. Cost: $500 to $750 a session.

The Quick Fix

Loose abdominal skin—whether from aging, pregnancy, or weight loss—can prevent even the most toned abs from looking firm.

“Skin becomes less stretchy due to the gradual loss of collagen and elastin—like a tablecloth that is too big for the table,” says Chevy Chase dermatologist Tina West. “In the past, the only option was a tummy tuck, but you’d trade loose skin for a scar from hip to hip.”

In appropriate cases, West now recommends Ultherapy, an ultrasound procedure that stimulates collagen and elastin growth for two to three months following treatment, resulting in firmer skin. It’s the only non-invasive procedure approved by the Food and Drug Administration to lift skin that’s above the eyebrows, on the neck, under the chin, and on the décolletage, although it’s commonly used on other areas as well.

There’s no downtime, and treatment typically takes 30 to 90 minutes—just one session is needed for most patients. Those with too much excess skin might not be good candidates. Cost: $1,200 and up.

Fading Stretch Marks

A stretch mark is a scar in the skin, so it can be hard to treat. Dr. Banks says that fractional-laser treatments such as Fraxel and Fractional CO2 can stimulate collagen and elastic-fiber growth to fill them in and minimize their appearance. If the marks are pink or purplish, a laser can also diminish the color, making them less noticeable. Multiple treatments are usually required. Cost: $1,500 and up.

Prefer a less invasive approach? Some doctors recommend prescription tretinoin, or Retin-A, to fade stretch marks. It’s most effective when applied to fresh marks that are still pink or red.

Perkier Breasts

Washingtonians like big titles and big houses—but not big breasts, apparently. Women here who have work done tend to skew conservative (read: smaller) when it comes to implant size. “Women want to address sagging, the silhouette, the overall look—they’re looking for rejuvenation more than just augmentation,” says Navin Singh, a plastic surgeon with offices in McLean and Chevy Chase. “It’s about shaping as opposed to stuffing.” Here are the latest options:

The New Shape of Breast Implants

The big news in implants is that fake is going natural. “A more naturally sloped look is popular right now, especially with the new, shaped implants,” says Banks.

The idea is to appear bigger and perkier without announcing that you’ve had work done. Instead of the rounder, fuller look (and added cleavage) of traditional implants, “teardrop” versions are tapered to mimic the silhouette of an actual breast. Mentor MemoryShape silicone implant has been dubbed the “gummy bear” because it’s filled with thicker gel and maintains its shape longer than traditional implants. Allergan’s Natrelle 410 implants are designed to be softer so they feel more, well, real. The surgery is very similar to what’s done for rounder counterparts, but the price is a bit higher: $6,000 and up.

Bigger Breasts Without Implants

If you want to go up only about one cup size and prefer not to have implants, fat grafting is an option. Assuming you have enough extra fat in another part of the body, a surgeon can remove it from, say, the stomach, by liposuction, and use it to plump up your breasts.

Unlike implants, fat is a natural filler, so you’re not introducing a foreign substance into the body. There’s minimal scarring, as opposed to the larger scars of traditional augmentation surgery. It also eliminates the need to replace an implant later.

“Typically, 30 to 40 percent of the fat will be safely absorbed and flushed by the body, but the rest will survive permanently,” says Dr. Singh. “If a woman likes how her breasts looked when she was pregnant or breastfeeding, this gives the same effect of filling out the bra in a more natural-looking way—and of course, the feel is soft since every woman’s breasts are typically 70 to 80 percent fat.” Cost: $6,000 to $7,000.

One-Night Boobs

If buying a sexy new dress and a cleavage-hoisting bra isn’t enough to get you through your high-school reunion or an ex’s wedding, you can essentially rent implants for the night. InstaBreast is a procedure that involves injecting the breasts with a saline solution that plumps them up the same way an implant would. Originally developed so women could figure out what size they wanted before making a surgical commitment, it’s now being chosen by some women who want a Cinderella moment—and are willing to pay $2,500.

Alas, much like Cinderella, you’ll have to watch the clock as your boobs turn into the opposite of pumpkins. “Saline absorbs very quickly, so you’re not looking at 24 hours—within an hour, your breasts will start to deflate,” says Singh, who considers the procedure a gimmick. “They’re a great choice for a supermodel who needs to get through a photo shoot, but that’s about it.”

Side effects may include bruising at the injection site and lots of trips to the ladies’ room as the saline leaves the body through urine. Stretch marks may also appear if the skin is significantly stretched.

Possible good news: The inventor of InstaBreast is said to be developing an injectable solution that will last two to three weeks.

The Exercise Option for “Lifting” Breasts

You can also perk up your breasts by doing specific weightlifting exercises that help improve posture.

Cheryl Davis, a certified personal trainer in Alexandria, recommends push-ups, pull-ups, seated cable rows, and exercises that target the lower back to give a lifted appearance. She doesn’t suggest doing chest presses on a flat bench. “If you’re doing flat-bench or decline chest presses”—in which the bench is tilted so your head is below your waist—“it’s likely to flatten the part of the breast where you’d want fullness,” says Davis.

For working the chest, she says, stick to incline bench presses. Position the top part of a weight bench at a 30-degree incline. Lie back and put your elbows at a 90-degree angle, in line with your shoulders. Press up-ward with the dumbbells—use a weight that’s challenging—and push them slightly over your head instead of straight up over your chest. Bring your hands back down, and complete three sets of 10 to 12 reps with 90 seconds of rest between each set.

Shapely Behinds

Blame Kim Kardashian. Enlarging the backside is now an increasingly requested cosmetic surgery—though there are other ways to get a lift.

Most Dramatic: No Butts About It

One way to fill out a flat or saggy posterior is a Brazilian Butt Lift. Performed on its own or with buttock implants, it provides double benefits: A surgeon removes unwanted fat from elsewhere in the body (commonly the hips, thighs, or belly) and uses that fat to smooth, shape, and elevate the derriere.

“Unless you’re very thin, you can get a lot more volume with fat transfer as opposed to implants, and the results are excellent when performed on someone with flat buttocks,” says Banks.

The procedure is lengthy—two to three hours—because the relocated fat needs to be put in drop by drop so it can survive. Expect bruising and swelling plus four to six weeks of wearing a compression garment. Cost: $8,000 to $10,000.

The Exercise Option for a Shaplier Bottom

A round, lifted rear requires targeting all three of the main glute muscles, preferably at the same time. “Squats and lunges of all kinds—using a barbell or dumbbells, wide or narrow stance, deep, partial, and plyometric—are all great for shaping the butt,” says trainer Cheryl Davis.

Her favorite lunge is a walking dumbbell lunge with a single-leg deadlift. Start by standing in a neutral position holding a dumbbell in each hand. Lunge forward with the right foot, placing most of the weight in that heel, then bend both knees until they form 90-degree angles. At the bottom of the lunge, squeeze through the glutes to return to standing, then shift the weight into the right foot, keeping the knee straight. Lift the left leg off the ground while lowering the dumbbells and torso toward the ground until the upper body is parallel to the floor. Return to standing and repeat on the other leg. Davis suggests three sets of ten reps on each leg, using a weight heavy enough to make the last two reps on each leg a challenge.

Toned Legs

Although there are still few cosmetic treatments available to sculpt legs, these are some options for thighs, knees, and calves:

Worth the Shot?

A gold standard of fat removal continues to be laser-assisted liposuction, but there’s a new—albeit controversial—injectable that’s reported to dissolve fatty bulges in the legs, stomach, hips, and back. Aqualyx contains desoxycholan acid, a bile acid similar to what the liver naturally produces to aid the digestion of fat. The substance locks onto fat-cell walls and forces the cell to release stored fatty acid, which is then metabolized by the body.

If you’re generally fit but have spots of stubborn fat, such as outer-thigh bulges, Aqualyx can be injected into these areas, often combined with a local anesthetic such as lidocaine for a more comfortable experience. The treatment is relatively painless—patients feel a warm sensation, some itching, and slight burning. Expect some swelling and redness for one to three days.

“Most people need three to five sessions, at four-week intervals, to see a change,” says Banks. “But it depends on the size of the fat deposit, and every individual will have their own response to the solution.”

Not everyone is a fan. “Because it is injected subcutaneously, Aqualyx isn’t well controlled as to how far it diffuses, and I see the potential for areas of skin depressions,” says plastic surgeon Rondi Walker.

Tummy Tuck Alternatives

There are several surgical options to improve the truncal (abdomen and flanks) region of the body.  Most people are familiar with the “tummy tuck” procedure.  To this end, there are several other surgical options to include liposuction, mini-tuck, and even customized unique offerings, with each option, it is important to understand its goals and limitations so that the best option can be chosen to fulfill the desired outcome.

In order to better understand the various procedures, it is imperative that pertinent anatomy is discussed.  Simply speaking, there are three tissue components to consider: skin, fat, and muscle.  For the most part, skin and fat are obvious, as these elements – we can see and feel (pinch).  The muscle component can be more elusive as it is underneath the skin and fat, and therefore, at times can be confused to be fat (and skin).  Often due to pregnancy, the abdominal wall muscle can be weakened, thereby, leading to the protrusion of the belly – which is then mistaken to be fat.  As part of the informed consent, a qualified healthcare professional can help delineate which of the tissue components requires the most attention, thereby, determining which surgical option is best to correct the anatomical element most responsible for the undesired appearance.

Let’s consider the various surgical options and their impact on tissue components.

Mindful of the chart above, it is easy to see that there is no one perfect surgical option that can fully address all three tissue components.  As to which procedure is best, it depends on the patient’s desired outcome and proper identification of the tissue component(s) that is responsible for the undesired appearance.  In most instances, a combination of several tissue components will need to be addressed.

Please consult an experienced team of health professionals that specialize in body contouring to best determine the best surgical option.

Non-Surgical Tummy Tuck Skin Tightening

non surgical tummy tuck with emsculpt

EMSCULPT is a non-invasive high intensity focused cosmetic treatment that uses electromagnetic therapy to tone and contour the body. This treatment induces rapid muscle contraction which may otherwise not be possible through voluntary muscle movement. It has three main intended purposes.

Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a “tummy tuck” procedure, is a way that patients can significantly reduce abdominal fat and excess skin while firming and tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall. Complimenting a tummy tuck procedure with the benefits of EMSCULPT technology can provide patients with even firmer-looking, tighter abdominal muscles for a well-toned, stronger abdomen.

At Millard Plastic Surgery, we believe that every patient deserves the body they have always wanted! Dr. John A. Millard is an experienced and renowned board-certified plastic surgeon based in Englewood, Colorado. Among his wealth of talents, he and his skilled team have the expertise required to provide patients with the abdominal aesthetics they desire. For more information on how a tummy tuck with EMSCULPT could benefit you, please call our offices at (303)792-5665 or fill out a short inquiry form and we will respond to your questions as soon as possible.

What is HIFEM Technology?

EMSCULPT is a no-exercise, non-invasive way to simultaneously break down the fat that surrounds abdominal muscle and improve muscle tone in one straightforward procedure. It employs HIFEM technology, which stands for high-intensity focused electromagnetic therapy. The results of recent studies suggest that HIFEM procedures are safe and effective options for noninvasive body shaping.(2) EMSCULPT employs this technology in its treatments.

What Happens to the Body During an EMSCULPT procedure?

During an EMSCULPT procedure, the muscles of the targeted area for treatment are forced into a series of involuntary contractions. As well as toning muscle, this process can also burn fat.

Supramaximal Muscle Contraction

The EMSCULPT procedure induces supramaximal muscle contraction in the abdomen. These contractions are similar to those that occur during regular exercise. The main difference between what our muscles do when we are exercising and what they do under the effects of HIFEM is that the latter causes these contractions to occur much faster and with much higher intensity.

Supramaximal Lipolysis

Another attribute of HIFEM technology is its ability to induce metabolic responses in the body. Lipolysis is the process through which fat is broken down in the body. Supramaximal lipolysis occurs when your brain receives signals that your muscles are working intensely somewhere in your body. During an EMSCULPT procedure, your brain sends signals to respond to the unusually intense muscle contractions, causing the body to rapidly break down fatty acids. This causes a breakdown of fatty tissue, further enhancing the body sculpting effects of the treatment.

If you are looking to enhance the definition of your abdominal muscles, or if you wish to complete the transforming effects of a tummy tuck procedure, come to Dr. Millard for top-tier EMSCULPT care. Schedule a complimentary consultation at Miller Plastic Surgery today by filling out a contact form or calling (303)792-5665 to speak to our front desk.

Benefits of EMSCULPT after a Tummy Tuck

It is important to us as plastic surgery providers to give our patients further treatment options to enhance the results of their treatments. You may consider EMSCULPT treatment to build muscle either before or after your abdominoplasty, which is something you will discuss with Dr. Millard at your personal consultation. A tummy tuck procedure in itself has a number of benefits.

An additional non-invasive body sculpting treatment can further enhance the appearance of existing muscles to provide the finishing touches to your new, healthier-looking abdominal tone. With EMSCULPT, you will not need any further incisions, injections, or anesthesia! Many patients consider EMSCULPT to be a “dream” procedure, in that it both burns fat and builds muscle in a procedure that lasts less than one hour.

Candidates for EMSCULPT

The number of non-invasive body shaping procedures performed in the US more than doubled between 2012 and 2016,(3) showing the increase in popularity of treatments to enhance body contour. Good candidates for EMSCULPT are patients looking to fix issues that cannot easily be achieved with conventional dieting and exercise. Similarly, patients who have already undergone tummy tuck surgery may benefit from the further abdominal contouring/strengthening effects of a non-invasive EMSCULPT treatment.

Stay in the know about the latest plastic surgery procedures available in Denver by visiting Dr. Millard’s blog.

Personal Consultation

Your personal consultation with us will consist of an assessment of what you would like to achieve with EMSCULPT. At this time, he will discuss your goals and find the right combination of procedures for your individual situation. If you have recently had a tummy tuck, our team will explain the benefits of EMSCUPLT as a complementary procedure and how it can further enhance your abdominal aesthetic.

The EMSCULPT Procedure

We will direct focused electromagnetic energy over the abdominal muscles using the EMSCULPT HIFEM device. This causes the abdominal muscles to tense involuntarily at a much faster rate than your body is capable of achieving voluntarily. The device can be held at each single point for up to six seconds. As the device is moved from area to area around the abdomen, the muscles contract, new muscle is built, and fat is burned away. A single treatment may take between 20-40 minutes, depending on your individual needs. EMSCULPT sessions can also be undertaken in a planned sequence to further enhance the appearance of the abdomen.

Results of EMSCULPT Treatment

It is important to note that a tummy tuck procedure will require some recuperation time if you are combining it with EMSCULPT either before the procedure, or afterwards. It is therefore essential to discuss your personal timeline with Dr. Millard before your surgery date. With EMSCULPT alone, there is no downtime, so you will be able to get back to your regular schedule quickly, without disturbances to your routine. Patients also note that they start to feel their results immediately after their treatment. Improved core strength and better muscle tone are attainable goals with EMSCULPT!

Non Surgical Tummy Tuck Near Me

Dreams do come true. If you’re dreaming of a flatter tummy, but don’t want to the hassle or commitment of surgery, come into H/K/B to learn more about our non-surgical tummy tuck alternatives. These treatments smooth, tighten, and tone the tummy, no body cosmetic surgery necessary.

For a dramatic abdominal transformation, our tummy tuck reigns supreme, but if you’re hoping to tweak and tighten with minimal downtime and without incisions, our non-surgical options fit the bill. A surgical tummy tuck Charlotte NC provides a complete abdominal transformation. It removes excess skin, slims and sculpts with fat removal, and tightens up core muscles. Our non-surgical treatments often only target one abdominal complaint. Pair these options together to address multiple concerns.

Learn more about your options for non-surgical tummy tuck alternatives and types of cosmetic surgery procedures by booking a personalized consultation at H/K/B Charlotte plastic surgeons.

ThermiTight® – Tighten Loose Skin

For loose abdominal skin, few treatments can compare with ThermiTight. This treatment uses the Thermi device to apply thermal energy to the abdominal area. The tissues are gently heated to an optimal temperature and then the area is wrapped in a compression bandaging.

The result of treatment is tighter skin with a single treatment. No downtime is needed and most patients resume regular activities the very next day.

Is ThermiTight safe? We use a specialized probe to monitor tissue temperatures, ensuring that therapeutic temperatures are reached, but never exceeded. We also use an infrared camera during the treatment to monitor skin temperature. Most patients report that this treatment is painless.

CoolSculpting® – Freeze Fat Away

Excess fat is a common abdominal complaint. It can be easily addressed without surgery using CoolSculpting®. The CoolSculpting® device administers intense cold to your fat cells, freezing and destroying them.

CoolSculpting® significantly reduces fat with a single treatment. Many patients experience a fat reduction of about 20%. If additional fat loss is desired, we can perform a second treatment after you’re fully recovered.

CoolSculpting® is one of our most popular non-surgical body contouring treatments and has been safely performed on countless patients here at H/K/B. Choose CoolSculpting® Charlotte NC – this tummy tuck alternative if you’re tired of tummy fat and want a sleeker, thinner tummy.

EMSCULPT® – Tone Your Tummy

A tummy tuck tightens the abdominal muscles to restore a flat tummy. A non-surgical tummy tuck alternative is EMSCULPT, a revolutionary treatment that tightens and tones muscles. EMSCULPT treatment works by inducing muscle contractions, essentially working your muscles out. The contractions EMSCULPT creates are stronger than natural muscle contractions and in one treatment, up to 20,000 muscle contractions are created. You can’t achieve results that compare on your own.

EMSCULPT offers effective results and dramatic muscle toning. Recovery is easy for most patients. You’ll feel tender like you do after an intense workout. Symptoms usually resolve in a few days.

What is a minimal incision tummy tuck

The Hybrid Tummy Tuck® is a short incision procedure that tightens the entire abdominal fascia. Hybrid differs from a traditional tummy tuck in that the incision is very short. It is approximately the same as for a C-section rather than a hip-to-hip incision.

Hybrid Tummy Tuck® is most appropriate for women who are in excellent shape after having children but are left with a stubborn bulge on their abdomen. The Hybrid Tummy Tuck® is a new method that offers the maximum benefit for patients seeking upper abdominal tightening with a minimal or “mini-tummy tuck” type of incision.

One of Many Options

There are a larges number of procedures available for tummy tucks. Knowing which one is best for you can be confusing at first. However, Dr. Moelleken will work with you during your consultation to decide which matches your needs. Among the tummy tucks available are:

Determining the Best Option

The best technique for the patient depends on a few factors. These include:

Of course, every patient would like to have the micro tummy tuck version. After all, a smaller incision means a smaller scar. But, only patients with a small amount of excess skin qualify for this procedure. When there is the looseness of the abdomen’s tissues and skin, a more traditional tummy tuck may serve you better.

Before and After

More Hybrid Tummy Tuck® Examples

The Strain of Pregnancy

When a child is in the womb, the actual space the baby takes up is enormous. It is not just the weight of the baby. It is also the placenta and fluid. Together it all combines to 15-18 pounds that are sitting in the abdomen. Since the fascia is the skin or layer of the muscle, the layer gets stretched out in pregnancy. In most cases, that layer does not fully return to its original form. The result is a bulge.

The bulge, which appears to be a pocket of fat, leads to the development of a potbelly. Despite efforts at exercise or diet, the bump can stubbornly remain. Even with liposuction, it will not go away. Dr. Moelleken says, “In many women who have children, the bulge in the lower abdomen is not caused by fat, but rather by loose fascia that has ripped in childbirth and consequently sticks out.”

What Happens During a Hybrid Tummy Tuck®?

A common misconception is that this procedure involves tightening the muscle. However, Dr. Moelleken actually tightens the lining of the muscle because that is what gets stretched out. If the area is loose above and below the belly button, he will tighten tissue from the breast bone to the pubic area.

He suggests thinking of this procedure as a patient being laced up and tightened through an internal corset. Your waist will get smaller, allowing the bulges in the lower abdomen to shrink as well.

The Hybrid Tummy Tuck® involves a C-section type incision for the full tightening of the deep fascia. According to Dr. Moelleken, he designed this technique to be able to go in through existing C-section scars. The idea is to prevent plastic surgeons from having to leave their patients with new scar tissue on their abdomens. If a patient does not have an existing C-section scar, Dr. Moelleken will make a small incision near the pubic area.

Hybrid Tummy Tuck® Recovery

Due to its less invasive nature, a Hybrid Tummy Tuck® requires much less downtime than traditional methods. Most patients can return to work in about a week’s time. Other tummy tuck methods can demand up to three full weeks of recovery.

During recovery, it is still vital to take it easy. Be sure to follow Dr. Moelleken’s instructions for the best results.

Schedule a Consultation Today

If pregnancy has left you with an undesirable bulge, a Hybrid Tummy Tuck® could help you take back your body. Schedule a consultation today to take the first step to a rejuvenated appearance and a tighter abdomen. During your consultation, Dr. Moelleken, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, will work with you to develop a plan that matches your needs. Every step of the way, you will be fully informed of your options and the steps of your procedure.

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