If you want to put the finishing touches on your weight loss results or simply want to change a feature you’re unhappy with, body contouring is an effective option. The waist tuck is a procedure that can transform your figure with the help of a board-certified plastic surgeon. Here’s what to know about it and what you can expect.
What is a Waist Tuck?
If you’re feeling dissatisfied with the appearance of your waist and are looking for a change, a waist tuck can be a great option to enhance your figure. The surgery is an extension of a tummy tuck procedure that can create a more shapely and defined waist and hip area in addition to the tummy tuck. The waist tuck procedure lengthens the tummy tuck incision and removes excess fat and skin tissue from the back of the waist, an area that some women refer to as the love handles or “muffin top”, resulting in a slimming effect.
Why Get a Waist Tuck?
Those who want to look slimmer in tight or low-rise style jeans may be interested in a waist tuck to further enhance their shape. Candidates who have lost weight and notice excess hanging skin or extending fat tissue around their waist and upper hips may be interested in the procedure to remove extra tissue around the area. Those who have previously had a tummy tuck procedure and enjoyed the tummy-slimming results, and are looking to get similar results for their waist and love-handle area, may be interested in a waist tuck.
Waist Tuck vs Tummy Tuck
A waist tuck and tummy tuck, while similar, are not the same procedure. A tummy tuck procedure removes excess skin and fat from the tummy area and tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall, resulting in a slimmer and more toned stomach. The incision is horizontal from hipbone to hipbone across the front of the abdomen. The waist tuck is an addition to this procedure that extends the incision around the hips and towards the back of the body, above the buttocks, but will not connect in the back. The procedure consists of extra skin and fat removal from the sides and back of the waist and hip area, resulting in a slimmer figure. Because the incision is positioned above the buttocks, it is also possible to slightly lift the buttocks during the procedure.
How Long is Recovery?
You’ll likely be able to return to work in 7-10 days, though side-to-side movement may be limited. You’ll be given detailed recovery instructions by your plastic surgeon to make sure your recovery goes smoothly and quickly.
Schedule a Consultation
The decision to undergo waist tuck surgery is highly personal. You may desire to complement your tummy tuck procedure with slimmer hips, are looking to shed inches off your waist, or remove excess tissue after losing weight. If you’re interested in seeing a difference in the shape of your figure, a waist tuck may be the change you’re looking for. Feel comfortable and confident in your decision by talking to our team at Accent On You. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nakamura to see if the waist tuck procedure is right for you.