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Reverse Tummy Tuck

Reverse Tummy Tuck

Postby juliebird » Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:25 am

Has anyone ever had one? If so, would you mind sharing info/photos. My ps in reccommending revisions off my TT by doing an inverted T. I went to another plastic surgeon who said he would absolutely do a reverse TT, that way there are no additional scarring. He would reopen my bl/ba scar to sew into. Anyhow, my revision with my pas will be totally covered, this ps would like $9000. I would rather have my ps do the reverse TT, just have to talk him into it.
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Re: Reverse Tummy Tuck

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:28 am

Hi Julie,

Hopefully someone knows who can help you,but did the doctor say what a Reverse TT is? I mean, how does he use your BA/BL incisions?

I know you are asking for help with the same question, but did he tell you anything other than that it is a Reverse TT?
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Re: Reverse Tummy Tuck

Postby myturn07 » Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:30 am

Julie - YES!!! We had a girl have one a couple years ago. Let me go dig a little and see what I can find.
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Re: Reverse Tummy Tuck

Postby myturn07 » Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:39 am

OK Julie - her username is Starbux. Not sure if she is around anymore, but you can pull up here profile and look through her posts for info, OR even send her an email, I recommend using email instead of IM since she is not around...hopefully this will be helpful.....

***BELOW IS A POST I PULLED FROM STARBUX***

Hi everyone! Hope you all are enjoying your beginning to SPRING!

Tomorrow will be 12 weeks since surgery. It has been quite a journey, with apparently a lot more to come!

For anybody new or who isn't familiar with my story (I haven't been visiting often lately! sorry!) I had a major weight loss, and in January I had an extended TT with the vertical incision (inverted T, fleur de lis) and a breast lift. I am thrilled so far, but we aren't done yet. Unfortunately the vertical incision wasn't enough to take care of the redundant skin on the upper abs, so a revision is necessary.

Yesterday was my appt. with PS. Let me just say, I LOVE my doctor. I hadn't seen him in over 6 weeks, and I was worried we wouldn't see eye to eye on the revision. As soon as he walked in the exam room he told me he had spent some time doing research on my case and he had printed out a bunch of information to go over with me.

So, here's the plan: enjoy my summer, see him again on 8/27, and get ready for an October surgery - Reverse Abdominoplasty.

This is very rare, but he feels it will do the job to get rid of the excess I still have. Although he removed so much, I can still grab two handfuls up top. It isn't going to be nearly as big a surgery as the first, and all the MR work is already done so this is just skin. He will be making a horizontal incision underneath the breasts and be pulling up (rather than the traditional TT of pulling down). I think the reverse is often done in conjunction with a breast lift, but this will not be combined with my breasts (already done), just the ab work alone.

I am a little bummed that it seems SO FAR away, but on the other hand, I do want to be able to enjoy my summer with the kids swimming, vacation, etc. so I guess it makes sense. I am also apprehensive on having another surgery, I just wanted this to be over! But I feel I deserve the results I went in for, too.

I haven't taken pictures in a long time (bummed about the upper abs) but the PW is newbeginnings if anyone hasn't seen the old ones. Maybe I should finally do some updated 12 wk shots tomorrow.

Oh, and there is no OR cost to me (or PS fees of course) but I do have to pay the anesthesiologist ... that's it! Yippee!

I know there are a handful of us who have the Inverted T but I don't think I have ever read anything on reverse abdominoplasty. If there is anyone out there who has done this, please speak up!
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Re: Reverse Tummy Tuck

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:42 am

This is one of the many reasons we need you more around here Elysia. You rock!!!
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Re: Reverse Tummy Tuck

Postby CareBearMomOf3 » Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:43 am

Hi Julie,
So is a revers like an upside down TT? He would open your BA and pull the skin up?
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Re: Reverse Tummy Tuck

Postby myturn07 » Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:46 am

:D Thanks Annie - - being an oldtimer has its advantages!
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Re: Reverse Tummy Tuck

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:02 am

myturn07 wrote: :D Thanks Annie - - being an oldtimer has its advantages!

Yes it does, plus you remember names and details so well!
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Re: Reverse Tummy Tuck

Postby juliebird » Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:11 am

Thanks so much myturn, very helpful!!

I saw my ps yesterday. We talked for a long time. He did say that I need an inverted T revision....he also admitted knowing that prior to my sx, but thought that a TT would work. He also told me not to waste anymore tears on my wound, because it is small and will heal nicely over time. I expressed my concern about a vertical scar, but he told me it is the only way to thin out my upper tummy. I asked about pulling my upper skin up (reverse TT, but didnt know it had a name at that time.) He said that he is concerned about doing it because it will pull my breasts down. He also said that the revisions will be free of cost, including anst. cost and facility cost. He said that I must concentrate on healing now and we will revise in 3 months.

I saw another ps this morning, showed him my before pics and he immediately said that I need a reverse TT. They pull my upper ab loose skin up and sew it under my breasts. It is a very rare sx, this ps says he does about 5 reverse TT's out of every 400 TT's he does. They would reopen my incisions from my ba/bl and sew there. He said this procedure is a much better option than inverted T, no visible scarring, and less than a week of recovery. I asked him about the sx pulling my breast down and he said no, that they sew into the deeper scarred tissue, so it won't pull on the breasts. He is a highly recognized surgeon who operates in the wealthiest part of CT...I really feel that a reverse TT is what will be best for me. Oh, and this ps said that my sx was done very well, and also said my ps did a great job with my breasts. I know I may sound crazy....but I truly believe in my ps...now, if I can only get him to agree/or have experience with this type of sx.
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Re: Reverse Tummy Tuck

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:20 am

Julie, maybe you could ask your PS to do some more research on it? Tell him you have heard from others that there is a way to do it without pulling the breasts down (if you don't want to tell him you saw another PS who told you this).

It is very encourging to hear from the other guy that your guy did a great job.

If you can get either revisions in 3 months that's not bad at all! I know not what you wanted, but at least you don't have to wait a year.
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Re: Reverse Tummy Tuck

Postby mamaags » Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:04 pm

omg this is wut my PS plans to do for me after the summer as i know too need revisions after my mini tt that left me w bulging muscle below the bb. so im not alone here i love u ladies and this site its so informational. =D> so i gotta wait like 6 mos and he told me it could subside like 25% more but still i need the revision. damnit i see the pics of ladies w dangerous curves and that is wut i expected on myself but apparently not my case. he rid my upper protrude but not i got the lower and god knows i have that laxed skin which isnt horrible but its so there and it bugs me. i just feel they are paid well and god knows they are set financially forever and us avg salaried ppl are putting out damn good money to have wut we expect to be done done.. 9grand i paid and thats for mini tt w the mr. yet i see ppl getting full tt w mr and paid the same or less. its not about the $ tho its i want the best job to be done here. so this summer no two piece i can do a tankini or full piece i guess i can find a nice one piece w leopard print yet still sexi looking on the beach. ughhh. my dr also told me ive got aging belly skin im frigen 38. talk to me when im much older than i mite believe it more. i work out every day at lunch here at my job the gym and spin when i can at nite. i drink lemon water all day eat yogurt f free for breakfast ok and my lunch is peanut butter. its not like i got a tt and went out and eat like a pig. annie u r so great to talk to on here i bug u on emails on my tt i know. so many women who had mini tt are not happy at all. and this rev btr make me btr cuz we cant keep opening up my belly and making things worse off. im grateful im healthy and came out fine but i jsut cant believe that the end result is looking prego. lovelyyyyy good luck juliebird and keep us posted on the rev. i have a while to wait yet.
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Re: Reverse Tummy Tuck

Postby juliebird » Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:36 pm

Awwww, I hear you mamaags...

It's so disappointing when sx doesn't go the way you envision it. I could not believe that I was able to afford this sx I have had wanted for months...years of working hard to lose weight and then living with/and covering up this ugly extra skin. I read and researched the sx, was nervous, but truly saw visions of myself with a flat tummy, no longer afraid to show my mid-section!! I know, God I know, how devistated I was after sx....I cried soooo much. I am at the point where I can't stand to bitch about it anymore....I'm really tired of talking about me...lol!! And, to a certain extent after my sx, it was hard to come on this sight and see the girls who had sx the same month as me with their new pics, flat tummy, no complications....but it is my situation I am upset about, not theirs. I am upset that my "dream tummy" didn't happen right away...remeber, there is no gaurantee that sx, especially elective sx, will be complication-free. But I know, WHY do I have to be the statistic!!!! We just are, but I truly believe that we will be happy with our results, eventually. Try to let go of the anger, it only hurts you in the end...
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Re: Reverse Tummy Tuck

Postby Equestrian » Tue Mar 30, 2010 1:24 pm

Hey Julie,
I haven't posted in such a long time due to having issues getting on but today I stuck it out to reply to you. Be careful about doing a reverse TT. It is what I needed as I only had wrinkled skin above bb and a huge muscle seperation. Below BB was perfect and taut. (when I posted my before pics on here and asked if I should have the surgery at all most people said no as it was hard to see that wrinkly skin above the BB and I was so flat to begin with)

I was told by many and I do mean many PSs that there is absolutely the risk of it pulling down your breasts. Also, there will be a horiontal or v shaped scar between your breasts where they go from under one inframam. fold to the next. Lastly, and to me the worst risk is that the entire scar can migrate down after the skin becomes lax. One is never as tight a few months down the road as you are right after surgery.

Just wanted to pass along this information to help with the decision making process. Good luck.
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Re: Reverse Tummy Tuck

Postby puddin-pie » Tue Mar 30, 2010 3:57 pm

Ok girls....
I know all about the reverse TT... so ask away
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I had the inverted T procedure done Mar.4/ 2009. Take a look at my picts and you will see why I needed the inverted T...and what a HUGE difference it made to be cut vertically. pw is puddin-pie

I had lost a tremendous amount of weight ( 150 lbs ) and there was no way that a reg. TT would be able to get rid of all of my excess skin. Surgeon said if I had the inverted T surgery he could pull me in much tighter. I listened to the expert and did what he suggested and he removed 14 lbs of excess skin. No lipo was done.

After my surgery, I thought I had a lot of swelling in my upper abs for months and months .. but in the end it really was still more excess skin. I was disappointed that I couldn't wear more form fitting tops unless I wore my CG all the time.

At 9 months I consulted my surgeon and said I just am not happy with the upper abs. Yes I look so so so much better than my befores but I want to wear tops that are more form fitting to match my totally flat tummy. He said well he could do the T surgery... which looks exactly like a T. He cut me horizontally under the breasts and then opened up my vertical scar ( only to the top of the BB ) and pulled me in tighter. Thus giving me a new vertical scar from the top of my BB up to my breasts.

During my revisions in January 2010, he cut off another 4 lbs of excess skin in my upper abs. Pulled me tighter to my center incision and also pulled me up and under my breasts. Also he took my horizontal incision all the way around to the back and I have No fat or rolls on my back now. Fantastic. The back incisions don't quite meet about an inch and a half space between the two sides.

As a few others have noted, he said you have to be careful with this surgery to NOT pull the breasts down. He is a very experienced surgeon and knew exactly what had to be done and my breasts are still nice and perky.

The healing was much easier with this surgery because you don't have the MR like with the original TT. Also I didn't have any drains this time. After one month I am back at the gym and working out 2 hours a day, no problem at all. I was up and about my house at 5 days and cooking meals at a week.

If you take a look at my picts you can see where he recut me.

As for costs.. all I had to pay were the hospital fee for the operating room and the anaesthetics. My Surgeon didn't charge me for his time. My revision surgery was scheduled for 4 hours but it only took 3 and 1/2 hours. Since he went around to my back, I had to be flipped over during surgery. Something I know the surgeons prefer to not have to do.

I hope my picts and my experience helps you with your questions and quandries.
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Re: Reverse Tummy Tuck

Postby puddin-pie » Tue Mar 30, 2010 4:04 pm

myturn07 wrote: I know there are a handful of us who have the Inverted T but I don't think I have ever read anything on reverse abdominoplasty. If there is anyone out there who has done this, please speak up! [/i]



Ok... myturn... :lol:
I have actually posted quite often about my revisions and the T surgery, but for those who missed my postings check the above LONG post :) Or read through some of my earlier postings.

You will be SOOOO happy with your new T incision.
I'm over the moon. This morning I went clothes shopping for my upcoming trip.
I can wear fantastic form fitting tops now and couldn't stop smiling and admiring myself in the dressing room mirrors.

BTW ... I tried to see your album myturn but the password didn't work for me.
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