Reverse Tummy Tuck

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in a reverse tummy tuck. All my loose skin is above my belly button. When I pull up on my upper abdominal skin it looks great. I have attached pictures for your review. 

A: Thank you for your inquiry and sending your pictures. As reverse tummy tucks go, you are about as perfect a candidate for it as I have seen. They are for women that have either had liposuction, a tummy tuck or weight loss where the tissues below the belly button are taut. But the skin above the belly button is loose and has some overhang exists onto the umbilicus. By simply pulling up on the abdominal skin a good improvement is seen. By definition a reverse tummy tuck is a more simpler form of a tummy tuck, does not involve muscle plication and is a skin excision only procedure.

The key in a reverse tiummy tuck is the incision location. I have done it either keeping the incisions limited to the inframammary folds or crossing the lower end of the sternum. When it crosses the sternum it produces a better skin lift/tightening (due to the central pull) but does have visible scar location in the very center. When the ellipitical skin excisions are limited to the inframammary folds, the effect is not quite as good but still apparent. One has to decide whether more upper abdominal skin tightening is worth the scar trade-off. The upper abdominal tissues are plicated to the fascia over the ribs at the inframammary fold level.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana