The effects of hourglass tummy tuck will depend on many factors such as the surgeon’s skills, ancillary procedures (e.g., liposuction and muscle repair), and patient’s anatomy.
Leading Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Tarick Smiley explains the fundamental factors affecting the final results of hourglass tummy tuck, which he regularly demonstrates on his Snapchat account.
- Patient’s anatomy
Generally speaking, the more distance between the lowest rib and the pelvic bone the more definition one can achieve from tummy tuck.
Meanwhile, women with a markedly short distance between these two points could not get the same amount of definition achieved by individuals with a “great distance” between them, with or without hourglass tummy tuck.
- Adjunct procedure/s of tummy tuck
Dr. Smiley almost always incorporates muscle repair in his tummy tucks. This rather critical component of the surgery involves tying the pair of loose muscle that extends from the breastbone to the pubic region. Aside from creating a flatter frontal abdomen, he says the procedure makes the results less susceptible to the effects of “unplanned” pregnancy or even mild to moderate weight gain.
Meanwhile, the standard tummy tuck (hip to hip incision) cannot address the appearance of love handles (fat rolls along the flanks) or any excess skin on the sides.
Liposuction can further define the waist and hips by removing the excess fat beneath the skin, while extending the tummy tuck incision into the flanks can help the surgeon remove the excess tissue on the side.
- Surgeon’s technical and artistic skills
Tummy tuck, as with any body contouring surgery, combines art and science. The goal is to remove a precise amount of skin and fat without causing surgical telltale signs such as unacceptable scarring, contour irregularities, navel deformity, and skin asymmetries.
Dr. Smiley, who has performed over 7,000 tummy tucks to date, says that experience allows him to determine the ideal tension during muscle repair and the exact amount of skin removal and fat without destroying the natural curves and contours of the frontal abdomen and waistline.