What makes Dr. Mowlavi’s tummy tucks world renowned? If you are desiring the best tummy tuck possible, we encourage you to read about Dr. Mowlavi’s internationally famous tummy tuck outcomes. Five factors are critical to achieving the best tummy tuck results and they include:
- A narrowed waist line
- A low incision line
- An innie belly button
- Avoidance of dog ears
- Appropriate “~” tilde curve proportions
Narrowed waist line
Although this may not be intuitive, when you pull the abdominal skin down to re-drape it prior to trimming it you can actually lose some of your waistline. Dr. Mowlavi draws an analogy to a tent that you put up; when the tent is stretched out, you actually make the skin tent up. As a result, Dr. Mowlavi has modified the undermining parameters of the traditional tummy tuck surgery to include only differential undermining. Specifically, Dr. Mowlavi limits the lateral undermining performed over the lateral aspect of the abdomen at the waistline level; this ensures that the waist line does not get tented up and blunted when re-draping the skin down. In fact, it causes the waist line to get pulled in and be more exaggerated. This is one of the secrets to achieving the best tummy tuck.
A low incision line
A low incision line is the most common complication that Dr. Mowlavi observes in tummy tuck revision cases. When the incision line is placed too high, it will naturally create the shelf or step off effect; this can be best appreciated by looking at the belly from the side where the upper abdomen will be more prominent and step down to the pubic region. The step off deformity is caused by an incision that is too high. The ideal incision line placement which is low on the abdomen will result a hidden incision line and avoidance of this step deformity. If you want to wear a two piece bikini, you must ask for a low incision line that is hidden in your undergarments or bikini bottoms!
An “innie belly button
An “innie” belly button is required for the best tummy tuck which must be natural in appearance and avoid others from noticing that you have actually had a tummy tuck. In order to have an “innie” belly button, you must have the ring that is sewn back onto your umbilical stalk be hidden and in the shadow of your new belly button. In order for this result to occur, you must have your belly button stalk be sewn down to your abdominal muscles, so that when the re-draped skin is sewn back to your belly button stalk it will be pulled down and have the new belly button ring, called the neoumbilicus fall into the shadow of the belly button. To have the best tummy tuck results you should expect a natural appearing belly button so that you can wear a two piece biking without being self-conscious about an operated looking belly button.
Avoidance of Dog ears
Dog ears refers to prominences located in the flank area. When the abdominal skin is re-draped, trimmed, and repaired, there will be a natural tightening of the abdominal contour that will press out your lateral flanks. If this area is not addressed, it will naturally pout out and has been termed “dog ears” as it looks like “dog ears”. Leave this prominence will compromise your outcome. At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute dog ears are universally addressed with either supplemental liposuction or extended tummy tuck.
Appropriate Tilde Curve
The ideal Tilde curve of the torso describes the natural curve of the female torso from the front which involves a slightly concave upper abdomen above the belly button which then transitions to a slight convex curve below the belly button and onto the pelvis. This is achieved during the muscle repair or plication portion of the tummy tuck surgery. In order to achieve this balance, the upper muscle must be tightened slightly more than the lower muscles. If this is done incorrectly, patients will develop what we call a “muffin top” which can be described as a convex or more generous upper abdomen and a tightened concave lower abdomen that is not aesthetically suboptimal.
If you are interested in achieving the best tummy tuck possible, we encourage you to make a consultation at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute. At your consultation, you will get to meet Dr. Mowlavi for a comprehensive body contouring analysis and to tour our state of the art facility and surgical center.
Please observe this 36-year-old female following her tummy tucking procedure with Dr. Mowlavi to return to her pre-pregnancy figure.