Reverse Tummy Tuck Overview
Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, is a popular cosmetic procedure for both women and men. Beverly Hills board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jaime Schwartz offers numerous types of tummy tuck surgery for individuals with loose skin in the stomach area. There are several factors that can lead to the development of loose skin around the abdomen including pregnancy, a significant weight loss, and aging. Thankfully, there are cosmetic treatments such as tummy tuck surgery that can be performed to remove excess loose skin and create a younger, tighter appearance. While most of these surgeries address the lower abdomen, there are a number of patients who come to our Beverly Hills plastic surgery center because of loose skin and fat in the upper stomach. To correct this, Dr. Schwartz performs what is known as a reverse tummy tuck (upper abdominoplasty). This treatment addresses the upper portion of the stomach, as well as the "bra fat pads" that develop from excess tissue and skin that accumulate below the breasts and are most prominent when sitting. If you believe you may be a candidate for this procedure, we invite you to call our office to learn more.
Reverse Tummy Tuck Reviews
"By far one of the best plastic surgeon around LA. After the first consultation appointment I had with him, I had no doubt I’d wanted to have my TT and lipo performed by him. One month later I’m already healing from my surgery. Dr. Schwartz and his staff (Amanda, Sasha, Maricella, Robin, and all of the others) don’t need to try too hard to give an excellent customer service and attention to their patients; it’s already natural in them. Thank you so much."- V.C. / Google / Dec 12, 2019
"Today was my 6 week check up after having a fleur de lis tummy tuck..... can I just say that this whole experience has been incredible. Dr. Schwartz is an amazing surgeon and a kind hearted individual who always took his time to answer all of my questions or concerns. Although I felt 100% confident in Dr. Schwartz I have to admit I was scared of the recovery... I had read individual blogs and talked to friends about their experiences after surgery and everyone said I would be in alot of pain!! Well all I can say is "Wow" my surgery and recovery have been great my pain was very minimal and I only took tylenol and motrin. My friends who came to visit me were all astonished in how well I moved around and could not believe I was not complaining about being in pain. Dr. Schwartz and his team were very attentive after my surgery. They called me, they texted me, Dr. Schwartz reminded me each time we spoke to call him with any concerns. I am in awe of the aftercare I have received and continue to receive from Dr. Schwartz and his office. Dr. Schwartz and his team deserve more than 5 stars!!!"- E.C. / Yelp / Aug 01, 2018
"Dr. Schwartz and his staff are the best. I went to six consults with plastic surgeons and immediately knew when I met him that he was the surgeon for me. After extreme weight loss, Dr. Schwartz has done fleur de lis abdominoplasty, bra-line back lift, and mastoplexy for me. The whole experience has been great. He takes the time to explain everything and the process went very smoothly. I was up and feeling good the day after surgery. The results are amazing. He and his staff take the time to explain everything and take care of all my needs. I wouldn't choose any other surgeon and will be going back to him for the rest of my procedures. Hands down, he is the best of the best."- S.R. / Yelp / May 23, 2019
"Dr. Jaime Schwartz helped me get my self confidence back after my major weight loss when he performed a fleur de lis tummy tuck, 360 lipo, a thigh lift & fat transfer to my butt (bbl) to give me back what I had lost after my weight loss surgery! I bought my 1st bikini in 31 years & wore it on the beach thanks to his work!!! He is by far one of the most genuine people I have ever met & his staff are just as awesome as he is! He takes his time explaining everything about the procedures as well as what to expect during recovery. Even though my insurance covers breast reductions, I'll be booking mine with Dr. Jaime Schwartz!!!"- S.F. / Google / Jun 07, 2019
"Dr. Schwartz and his staff are the best. I went to six consults with plastic surgeons and immediately knew when I met him that he was the surgeon for me. After extreme weight loss, Dr. Schwartz has done fleur de lis abdominoplasty, bra-line back lift, and mastoplexy for me. The whole experience has been great. He takes the time to explain everything and the process went very smoothly. I was up and feeling good the day after surgery. The results are amazing. He and his staff take the time to explain everything and take care of all my needs. I wouldn't choose any other surgeon and will be going back to him for the rest of my procedures. Hands down, he is the best of the best."- S.R. / Google / May 23, 2019
Reverse Tummy Tuck Ideal Candidates
A large majority of our patients that seek to have a reverse tummy tuck are those who have experienced a major weight loss. These patients are usually overjoyed by their weight loss, but they often battle areas on the body where loose skin collects. Weight loss of this dramatic nature can result in lax skin in the upper abdomen. In addition, patients who have had a regular tummy tuck may still have lax abdominal tissue that requires the top portion of the abdomen to be addressed.
Ideally, women who are desiring a reverse tummy tuck will not be planning additional pregnancies in the future. This is because pregnancy after a reverse tummy tuck will greatly affect and alter the results of the procedure. Candidates for a reverse tummy tuck treatment need to be at a healthy weight, in good overall health, and have realistic expectations for their results.
Reverse Tummy Tuck Surgical Technique
Dr. Schwartz performs a reverse abdominoplasty by making an incision under the breasts in the inframammary fold. This allows him access to the internal tissues while at the same time producing a scar that will be hard to see since it resides under the breasts. To perform the reverse tummy tuck surgery, liposuction may be used to remove excess pockets of fat. The muscles in the upper abdomen may be tightened if needed. The excess skin will be removed and pulled and tightened to create a smooth, tighter-looking result.
Reverse Tummy Tuck During/After Surgery
Dr. Schwartz is known throughout Beverly Hills for his Schwartz Rapid Recovery™ - a term that describes a combination of techniques Dr. Schwartz uses during surgery to accelerate the recovery process after the procedure is over. One unique method that sets Dr. Schwartz apart is his use of a gentler form of general anesthesia called TIVA, this stands for total intravenous anesthesia. Patients undergoing a reverse tummy tuck are given an IV with medication. This approach is different as it provides patients with an adequate amount of anesthesia, but at the same time does not require a breathing tube nor does it use anesthetic gases. Patients are asleep during the surgery and breathing on their own. TIVA medications wear off quickly during recovery and are mostly out of the body within a few hours. Patients are coherent faster, wake up feeling less nauseous, and experience an overall smoother experience.
The reverse tummy tuck is performed as an outpatient surgery and generally lasts about 2 – 3 hours. After the patient is properly observed and monitored, they will be released to recover at home. Dr. Schwartz likes to see his patients for a follow-up appointment at his Beverly Hills office the next day after surgery so he can assess the surgical outcome and results. Most patients are out to dinner the next evening and back to work in a week. They are able to begin light exercise in a few weeks and back to full activity at 6 weeks.
Reverse Tummy Tuck Expected Results
After a reverse tummy tuck, even though there will be slight bruising and swelling, patients will notice their results almost immediately. The compression garment should be worn as much as possible in the first few days, but as the swelling completely resolves, patients will get to see the full benefits from their surgery. The upper abdomen will be tighter and smoother, which not only leads to an appealing aesthetic outcome but also an increase in overall comfort. Any visible scar can be concealed under bras and swimsuits. In addition, women with fuller breasts have a greater chance of hiding these scars within the natural, physical contours of the body even without clothing. The results from a reverse tummy tuck will be long-lasting as long as patients continue to adhere to a healthy lifestyle and remain at a healthy, consistent weight.
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We invite you to call our Beverly Hills plastic surgery office to learn more about the cosmetic treatments we offer and see if a reverse tummy tuck is right for you. If you have loose skin and fat in the upper stomach and it not only causes discomfort but creates an unappealing appearance when you sit or even when you stand, a consult with Dr. Schwartz will help you get one step closer to looking and feeling your best. To learn more, contact Beverly Hills board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jaime S. Schwartz to learn more.
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