Steven Carp, M.D.
I am a candidate for a reverse abdominoplasty. I cannot find any information on this procedure or any post-op photos. Could you please explain the procedure and contraindications?
A reverse abdominoplasty is a procedure designed to improve abdominal contour, especially in the upper portion of the abdomen. For patients that have skin excess or laxity above the belly button, this procedure may be an option. The procedure places an incision along the lower portion of the rib cage, just below the breasts. The final scar may be hidden by the breasts to some extent, except for in the midline. Patients in poor health or who have extensive abdominal scars may not be a candidate for this procedure.
I plan to have a tummy tuck within the next two months. Presently, I am 60 pounds overweight. If I slowly lose the weight after surgery by eating and exercising regularly, will that amount of weight loss affect the desired look of the tummy tuck?
Weight loss can potentially affect the outcome of surgery. It is recommended that patients who plan on losing weight do so prior to surgery. Remember that weight loss should be done slowly and in a healthy manner. Otherwise you could have nutritional deficiency that may impact healing potential.
The other reason to drop weight prior to surgery is that you could develop additional skin laxity after the weight loss which could have a negative impact on your final result.