Lately there”s such a push for mini and minimally-invasive procedures that often you don”t hear much about the more intensive options like “vertical-incision abdominoplasty” that some patients need. For surgeons who perform a fair amount of post-weight-loss cosmetic surgery, this abdominoplasty technique can be an appropriate method to address larger amounts of excess tissue and loose skin, especially in the upper abdomen.
What Is The Vertical-Incision Tummy Tuck?
The problem: Most tummy tuck patients have loose skin and muscle in the lower-abdominal area only, and the standard procedure can deal with this very thoroughly. However, if a patient has lost a lot of weight, they”ll probably have loose, extra skin above their belly button, and a traditional tummy tuck won”t address that problem.
The solution: Vertical-incision abdominoplasty takes the standard tummy tuck a step further by adding a second incision upward from the first (the final scar looks like an inverted “T”). This incision allows a surgeon to tighten loose skin inward as well as downward, and gives direct access to the upper abdominal skin. It also makes it a little easier to suture the upper-abdominal muscles into place.
Do You Need It?
Unless you”ve lost a lot of weight, you”re probably seeing looseness and sagginess at the lower abdomen only, so most likely you won”t need anything more than a standard tummy tuck in Orange County.
A few signs that it might be worth asking your surgeon about more extensive options:
- Very loose tissue above the belly button that easily pulls outward when you pinch it
- A deep fold below your ribs, with loose skin hanging below the crease
- Vertical wrinkles, caused by skin looseness, that extend into the upper abdomen