Many of the women and men who visit Board-Certified South Carolina Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ted Vaughn from the Greenwood/Greenville area for tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, do so because of concerns about bulging, excess belly skin and fat.
But no two bodies are alike. That means the ways in which an individual's abdominal region responds to aging and lifestyle changes over time may be different from one tummy tuck patient to the next. For instance, it is not uncommon for some people to struggle with lax skin and accumulated fat or cellulite in their upper abdomen.
For cases such as these, Dr. Vaughn can tailor the tummy tuck procedure with a technique known as upper abdominoplasty, or what is casually referred to as a reverse tummy tuck. Cases such as these require the skill and experience of a well-qualified plastic surgeon because the skin removal process utilized in a traditional tummy tuck must be adjusted.
People are typically good candidates for an upper abdominoplasty when:
- Their weight is stable.
- The patient wishes to preserve their original belly button.
- They are women with relatively full breasts that can help mask the incision scar.
It also is not unusual for patients to combine an upper abdominoplasty with liposuction.
The best way to determine which procedure or treatment variation is best-suited to your body and physical aesthetic goals is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Vaughn at Piedmont Plastic Surgery in Greenwood by contacting our offices online or calling 864-223-0505.