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Sculpt tummy tuck to tighten your tummy, sculpt your tummy and remove loose skin

Sculpt tummy tuck to tighten your tummy, sculpt your tummy and remove loose skin

The Sculpt tummy tuck focuses on tightening your tummy, removing loose skin and sculpting your waistline. Read this article to find out how this Tummy Tuck technique can benefit you.

“Every surgeon has their own way of performing the tummy tuck or body lift. Over the last few years I have been performing a VASER lipo-abdominoplasty, that is based on my experience and also extensive research. I feel this provides my patients with the best possible result with the quickest possible recovery.”

Dr Beldholm

Content:

  • What is the Sculpt tummy tuck?
  • Features of the Sculpt tummy tuck
  • The Mini the Full or the Extended Sculpt tummy tuck for women post pregnancy
  • The difference between VASER liposculpture and standard liposculpture
  • Not just a tummy tuck with additional liposuction but a radically different tummy tuck
  • Replacing the standard liposuction used in lipo-abdominoplasty with VASER liposculpture takes this operation to the next level
  • Fat injections with the Sculpt tummy tuck
  • Peer review journal articles supporting the way that I do things

What is the Sculpt Tummy Tuck?

This is a VASER liposculpture based Tummy tuck (VASER lipo-abdominoplasy) that is specifically designed for tightening and sculpting your tummy. It specifically targets 3 main concerns that women have about their tummy:

  1. Loose skin.
  2. Separated muscles.
  3. Shape of the tummy and waistline.

The Sculpt tummy tuck incorporates the latest in tummy tuck techniques, with a focus on providing the best possible recovery, with the least amount of down time, as well as a superior result.

Features of the Sculpt tummy tuck

There are 3 Sculpt tummy tucks that address loose skin and separated muscles.

These are the:

  • Mini Sculpt tummy tuck.
  • Full Sculpt tummy tuck.
  • Extended Sculpt tummy tuck.

They all incorporate the 11 techniques that is the feature of the Sculpt tummy tuck.

Sculpt Tummy Tuck

A range of Sculpt tummy tucks

Not all women have the same concerns about their tummy. It is therefore important to tailor a tummy tuck to each individual woman’s needs. There are 3 different Sculpt tummy tucks that can assist women with a small amount of loose skin to loose skin that extends around the hip area.

Mini Sculpt tummy tuck

Mini Sculpt Tummy Tuck

The mini Sculpt tummy tuck is targeted to the lower abdomen, mainly the small overhang that many women get. Often women that have had a c-section complain about the skin hanging over the C-section scar.

Extensive Vaser liposculpture is performed on the full abdomen and sides. The focus is to tighten the lower abdomen. The scar is usually in the underwear line extending from hip to hip. The belly button is not re-positioned in this operation.

The recovery is usually very quick and this operation can be performed as a day stay operation. Full recovery can be expected at approximately 2-4 weeks post surgery.

Full Sculpt tummy tuck

Full Sculpt Tummy Tuck

This is the most common abdominoplasty that Dr Beldholm performs. It treats loose skin on the full tummy as well as muscle separation and excess fat.

The operation involves;

  • Repositioning the belly button.
  • Tightening the rectus abdominis muscles.
  • Extensive Vaser liposuction of the tummy and sides.
  • Tightening and removal of excess skin.
  • The incision extends just past the hip bones.

The full Sculpt tummy tuck is normally performed as an overnight stay operation. There are no drains, and the majority of patients are able to go home the day after surgery in the afternoon. You will be able to have a shower in the morning and walk around. At 10 days you will be able to stand up straight and perform most common duties around the house. If you have a desk type job then you will be able to return to work at approximately 2 weeks after the surgery. Expect to wait approximately 6 to 8 weeks for return to full exercise.

Extended Sculpt tummy tuck

Extended Sculpt Tummy Tuck

The main difference between the extended and the full Sculpt tummy tuck, is the extent of the lower abdominal skin resection, extending around the hips.

This is an extended Vaser liposculpture tummy tuck that involves:

  • Repositioning the belly button.
  • Tightening the rectus abdominis muscles.
  • Extensive Vaser liposuction of the tummy and sides.
  • Tightening and removal of excess skin.
  • The incision extends around the sides of the abdomen.

The recovery is similar to the standard Sculpt tummy tuck.

Not just a tummy tuck with additional liposuction but a radically different tummy tuck.

The lipo-abdominoplasty which the Sculpt tummy tuck is based on is a radically different concept to the traditional abdominoplasty. It is important to realise that this is not a classic abdominoplasty with some added liposuction.

The liposuction is integral to the result and the recovery from this operation. The liposuction is used both to remove fat and to dissect the tissues. The internal dissection is carried out, not on the abdominal wall, which disrupts blood flow as well as lymphatics, but in a higher plane to avoid these structures.

No drains are required, and you only need to stay overnight in hospital. There are many research reports that demonstrate both the safety and great results of these modern techniques (ref 1, 11).

Traditional W pattern vs Lipo abdominoplasty Infographic

Replacing the standard liposuction used in lipo-abdominoplasty with VASER liposculpture takes this operation to the next level

Traditional liposculpture is quite a simple procedure. Fluid containing local anaesthetic and adrenaline is injected into the area to be sculpted and a metal cannula is used to suck the fat out. This is still the most common method of performing liposuction today, and is also the most common method used with the lipoabdominoplasty surgery.

Over the last ten years or so there has been a number of advancements in performing liposuction, such as the power assisted liposuction cannulas, Laser liposuction and water jet liposuction. Many of these methods, in Dr Beldholm’s experience, add very little to the final result.

Liposuction vs Vaser

However, VASER (Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance) liposculpture, has made it possible to do more superficial removal of fat, which makes it possible achieve a much more sculpted appearance. Dr Hoyos and Dr Millard first described the VASER high definition liposculpture technique in 2007 (ref 18). The VASER probe melts fat and provides a much smoother result than traditional liposuction.

I have found that using VASER liposculpture instead of the traditional liposuction for my Sculpt tummy tucks improves the results and recovery significantly in my hands. It makes for a more sculpted and defined abdomen.

Fat injections with the Sculpt tummy tuck

There is usually a significant amount of fat that is removed during the tummy tuck. The good news is that this fat is not necessarily waisted.

Common changes after pregnancy are emptiness in the breast area. Fat injection can be used to enhance your breasts without having to use a breast implant. It is possible to achieve approximately 1 cup size extra, and fill out the upper pole area of the breasts, that are commonly empty after breast feeding and pregnancy.

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PEER REVIEW JOURNAL ARTICLES THAT SUPPORT THE WAY THAT WE DO THINGS

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