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What Is Reverse Tummy Tuck

Reverse tummy tuck is the process of removing loose skin after pregnancy, weight loss, or other causes of excess skin. It is a type of body contouring surgery that can help you achieve a more toned and firm appearance. The procedure involves removing excess fat and skin from your waistline and lower abdomen area (lower tummy), with an incision that runs vertically along the belly button.

Surgeons typically use liposuction techniques to remove unwanted fat from this area before performing the reverse tummy tuck. You will most likely be placed under general anesthesia for this procedure and given antibiotics to prevent infection. Your surgeon may also recommend pain medication after surgery to help relieve any discomfort or swelling you experience following the procedure.

Reverse tummy tuck is a procedure to remove excess skin and fat that remains after weight loss. This procedure is often performed as part of a tummy tuck procedure, which removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area.

The main difference between reverse tummy tuck and traditional tummy tuck is that in a reverse tummy tuck, the surgeon removes excess skin from the lower abdomen and hips. In traditional tummy tucks, the surgeon removes all of the extra skin and tissue around the abdomen.

Reverse tummy tucks are commonly performed for people who have lost large amounts of weight and have excess skin in their lower abdomen or hips. This can occur when you lose 50 pounds or more within a year or two, which can cause your body to change shape dramatically.

Pregnancy and weight loss can leave the stomach sagging, with excess skin pooling across the abdomen. Diet and exercise seem to make little difference; the stubborn fatty tissue does not improve with further weight loss or toning. A surgical procedure will be required to bring back a youthful, flat stomach.

While the Tummy Tuck has always been the go-to procedure for soft, bulging skin across the waist and below the beltline, excess tissue above the belly button can still remain after surgery. Those who are experiencing protruding, shapeless tissue of the upper stomach can find the Reverse Abdominoplasty will return the tight, sculpted shape they desire.


The Reverse Abdominoplasty, sometimes referred to as the Revise Tummy Tuck, is a surgical procedure designed to lift and tighten lax sagging skin from the stomach. Different from the traditional Tummy Tuck, which excises skin from the lower stomach, the Reverse Abdominoplasty removes skin only from the upper portion. An inframammary incision below the breasts is used for a Reverse Abdominoplasty, leaving the scars well hidden within the breast crease. The technique can easily be combined with other body sculpting procedures, such as a Breast Augmentation using the same incision, for optimal results.

The surgeons at Spalding Drive Plastic Surgery have been recognized for performing the Reverse Abdominoplasty. They have years of extensive experience and utilizes safe and most effective Reverse Abdominoplasty techniques.

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Those patients who have experienced a dramatic weight loss, have sagging tissue above their belly button (even after a previous Tummy Tuck), or are looking to receive both a Breast Augmentation and Tummy Tuck may benefit from the Reverse Abdominoplasty procedure.

The ideal candidate will be in good health, not smoke, understand the surgical procedure, and hold realistic expectations for their results. Women who are planning on becoming pregnant in the future should discuss their aesthetic goals with the doctors first. There is the possibility that pregnancy will pull and stretch abdominal tissues, un-doing the initial surgical results. In this instance, a revision procedure may be necessary.


The procedure is performed at the Spalding Surgery Facility in Beverly Hills. Performed under general anesthesia, on an outpatient basis, patients are resting comfortably at home the same day. The surgery will take between two and four hours to complete.

The procedure begins with a small incision along the inframammary fold, along the crease breast crease. From here, he will excise the unwanted, loose skin along the upper abdomen, as well as the unsightly fatty deposits. The remaining skin is then pulled upward until taut, followed by dissolvable stitches to hold the tissue in place. With this procedure, there is no need to reposition the belly button, which often occurs during the traditional Tummy Tuck.


Patients should expect the recovery after the procedure to take between one and two weeks. Initially, patients will need to wear a special surgical bandage or compression garment. Swelling, bruising, and tenderness may remain for the first 10-14 days.

There will be mild to moderate discomfort for the first week, so at this time, you will be prescribed with pain medications needed for a comfortable, at-home recovery. In one to two weeks, patients will feel well enough to return to work. Strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and exercise should be postponed for four to six weeks.


Immediately after the procedure, patients will be able to note a smoother, tighter abdomen. As the swelling resolves, over the following two to three months, the full benefits of the surgery can be appreciated. The entire stomach will be lifted and tightened to a smooth, healthy contour. A small scar will result from the surgery, but this will fade over time and is normally well concealed within the breast crease. Women with larger breasts will have more scar coverage.

What Is Reverse Tummy Tuck

Reverse abdominoplasty, or a reverse tummy tuck, is a plastic surgery procedure that focuses on the upper abdomen. This surgery is a mirror of the traditional tummy tuck, which focuses on the lower abdominal area. This surgery removes loose skin from the region above the belly button. It is not nearly as common as a traditional tummy tuck, but a skilled plastic surgeon understands the technique that is necessary to help some patients achieve their best body.

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Who is a candidate for a reverse tummy tuck?

A reverse tummy tuck may be an excellent plastic surgery procedure for the person who has lost a significant amount of weight. In cases of extreme weight loss, there is no way to predict how the skin will retract, nor where. The reverse tummy tuck addresses a hard-to-tone part of the body that may lose fat but retain loose skin. This procedure is sometimes done for minor refinements after a person has had a traditional tummy tuck. As with all plastic surgery procedures, ideal candidates are in good physical and emotional health and do not smoke. If you smoke, we request that you quit as soon as possible and avoid smoking for at least a few weeks after surgery. If you currently have loose abdominal tissue that you would like to correct but you plan on getting pregnant in the future, a surgeon may recommend that you wait until you are done having children, since pregnancy will stretch the area that has been sculpted.

Is a reverse tummy tuck right for you?

The best way to know is to schedule a consultation at Gaines Plastic Surgery in Gainesville, FL. However, you may begin by observing your abdominal tissue when looking in the mirror. If, when standing upright, the skin below your belly button is drooping downward, you may benefit from a mini tummy tuck. If, when looking at your belly button, the tissue above and below is loose, you may benefit from a full tummy tuck. If the tissue above the belly button is drooping downward but the tissue below the midsection is smooth and relatively taut, the reverse tummy tuck may be right for you.

How is a reverse tummy tuck performed?

Reverse abdominoplasty is an outpatient procedure that is performed using general anesthesia. Patients are in a controlled sleep state throughout their surgery. They remain in a recovery area until they are alert enough to be released to a loved one who will drive them home. To begin the procedure, one incision is made along the inframammary crease. This is just below the breasts. The incision will span from one side of the torso to the other, which will result in a long scar. However, the location of the incision is beneath a bra or bathing suit line so the scar should be easy to hide. After making the incision, the surgeon lifts the skin upward to create a new, smooth contour. Sutures are inserted to secure tissue. The torso may be wrapped with a dressing and compression garment.

What should I expect after a reverse tummy tuck?

A smoother, tighter abdomen is immediately noticeable after the reverse tummy tuck. Swelling is expected and some bruising may also occur. Surgical side effects typically resolve completely within a few months, after which the full benefit of surgery can be enjoyed. The scar from surgical incisions continues to fade for several months. A scar treatment program can begin about one-month post-op to help heal the skin.

How is recovery from a reverse tummy tuck?

Recovery after a reverse tummy tuck lasts between one and two weeks. A surgical bandage must be worn for several days to help support the new abdominal contour. During the first two weeks, patients can expect bruising, swelling, and tenderness to resolve gradually. At first, comfort is managed with prescription pain medication. After a week to 10 days, patients usually feel good enough to transition to over-the-counter pain relief. Around this time, they may also be ready to return to work. Light activities may resume but the strenuous physical activity must be avoided for about 6 weeks.

Is a reverse tummy tuck painful?

Abdominal plastic surgery is performed using general anesthesia. This is delivered continuously via an IV drip maintained throughout the procedure. General anesthesia is administered and monitored by a board-certified anesthesiologist. The medications that are used create a sleep state in which pain receptors are shut down. Patients do not feel pain during their procedure. Once the anesthesia wears off, soreness and tenderness may occur. This is managed with prescription pain medication.

What are the potential risks of a reverse tummy tuck?

All surgeries carry inherent risks such as an adverse reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, and infection. Plastic surgery procedures like the reverse tummy tuck carry risks such as:

  • Blood accumulation beneath the skin (hematoma)
  • Fluid buildup beneath the skin (seroma)
  • Bruising
  • Asymmetrical results
  • Poor scarring

Patient Tummy Tuck Testimonial

“Doctor Gaines is an excellent surgeon with a great staff. He did an amazing job on my tummy tuck. I had a lot of loose skin with stretch marks due to pregnancy with twins. I am so happy with my results. I would highly recommend Dr. Gaines.”

Upper Tummy Tuck Cost

The average cost of a tummy tuck is $6,154, according to the most recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This average cost is only part of the total price – it does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses. Please consult with your plastic surgeon’s office to determine your final fee.

A surgeon’s fee for tummy tuck surgery will be based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used and the geographic office location.

Most health insurance plans do not cover tummy tuck surgery or its complications, but many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.

Tummy tuck costs may include:

  • Anesthesia fees
  • Hospital or surgical facility costs
  • Medical tests
  • Post-surgery garments
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Surgeon’s fee

When choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area for a tummy tuck, remember that the surgeon’s experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery.

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