What Makes One A Good Candidate For A Reverse Tummy Tuck?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Am I a good candidate for reverse abdominoplasty and what’s the approximate cost of this procedure that only addresses the upper abdomen?

A: A reverse or superior-based tummy tuck is indicated in the following:

1) Loose abdominal skin is located above the umbilicus while there is no excess/loose abdominal skin below the belly button. In essence the loose upper abdominal skin ‘hangs around the fixed central umbilical area.

2) The patient does not prefer to undergo a traditional lower tummy tuck with umbilical repositioning or has been through a previous tummy tuck and does not wany to undergo that procedure again.

3) A well defined inframammary breast crease exists that is hidden by some degree of breast ptosis. (sagging)

4) The patient is not opposed to a scar line across their inframammary creases that may cross the midline between their breasts.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana