Having a baby. Losing weight. These are two accomplishments that can make you feel proud and happy.
The appearance of unsightly excess skin and weakened muscles in the abdominal area are two possible trade-offs that you may have to deal with.
Regular exercise routines and healthy eating habits cannot always get rid of a stubborn belly pooch or sagging skin. Most of the time, patients visit us at our San Francisco practice to inquire about liposuction to address these unwanted trade-offs. Often, we tell these patients that liposuction alone can’t repair the weakened abdominal muscles nor remove the loose, flabby skin.
If you’re having these issues, it’s time to consult with a plastic surgeon to see if you’re a good candidate for a Tummy Tuck.
Hybrid Tummy Tuck: Tummy Tuck Without Long Scars?
What if your loose tummy skin is not as extensive as the others? Or what if you don’t want the long, hip-to-hip scars associated with a traditional tummy tuck?
A hybrid tummy tuck may be an option!
What is a Hybrid Tummy Tuck?
A hybrid tummy tuck is a more advanced version of the mini tummy tuck.
Mary, a 38-year-old mother of two, came in for a face-to-face consultation with Dr. Fan because of a small tummy pooch in her lower abdomen. Naturally thin and quite athletic, Mary admitted that she had done everything to get rid of the unsightly pooch, but nothing worked.
Following a thorough physical assessment and careful evaluation of her goals, Dr. Fan recommended a hybrid tummy tuck. After the procedure, Mary was thrilled with the results! Recovery was quick plus scarring was not as obvious as a traditional tummy tuck.
Like Mary, a hybrid tummy tuck is for you if:
- Your localized excess skin and/or fat is found between your belly button and the pubic area
- You are slender, fit, and close to or at your ideal body weight
- You are in overall good health
Meanwhile, a hybrid tummy tuck is not for you if you have noticeable excess skin above the belly button. A modified tummy tuck, a full tummy tuck, or lipoabdominoplasty (tummy tuck plus abdominal liposuction) is the most appropriate tummy tuck technique for you to attain your desired outcomes.
Your Choice of Surgeon Matters More Than the Tummy Tuck Variation
A tummy tuck can be performed using various techniques, including the mini tummy tuck, a modified tummy tuck, or the hybrid tummy tuck.
Admittedly, all these tuck terms can be downright confusing. To accomplish the most natural results, your choice of surgeon matters more than understanding the nuances of procedures and techniques.
It’s more important to find a great plastic surgeon who has extensive experience with all methods, rather than one who specializes in one method over others. This way, the method your plastic surgeon recommends is determined by your needs and goals, rather than trying to adjust your needs and goals to match a preferred method.
A knowledgeable, well-versed tummy tuck surgeon will be able to come up with a customized tummy tuck plan that will address your specific goals and unique problem areas.
Your Next Step Towards Restoring Your Beautiful Curves
To find a tummy tuck surgeon who is not only board-certified but has also spent years helping patients restore their naturally youthful curves, it pays to ask the right questions during a personal consultation. You can schedule a consult with Dr. Larry Fan by clicking here.
Most importantly, you should be clear about your specific needs and expectations of the surgery. After all, it’s a decision that you should be equally comfortable and confident about before you commit. A quick, online self-evaluation is a good start to a smooth, rewarding journey towards a better you.