Upper or Reverse Abdominoplasty
WHEN YOUR MOOD FLUCTUATES WITH THE SIZE OF YOUR BREASTS
What happens after you go under a total of 13 Breast Augmentations? All of a sudden, the extremely large breasts hang too low on your chest in your upper abdomen. Then the procedures range from a natural, proportional size to two large bowling balls, while the size fluctuates in a span of 500cc – 1600cc. Well, this is likely to be unheard of unless you know about the infamous Anna Nicole Smith.
So, what’s next? There’s only so much you can do, right? A patient of Dr. Zoran Potparic, M.D. has gone from 500cc – 1600cc back and forth in 13 breast augmentations. Long story short, is that she goes to other doctors to get these oversized breasts, and then comes to Dr. Zoran to correct them to a more normal size.
This time, the procedure chosen to help correct the patient’s low sitting breasts and contour the upper abdominal area is upper abdominoplasty, also known as reverse abdominoplasty. In performing this procedure, Dr. Zoran had to lift and tighten the upper abdominal area of the patient to elevate the region underneath the breasts, also known as the inframammary folds.
MORE SPECIFICALLY, WHAT IS UPPER ABDOMINOPLASTY?
An upper abdominoplasty is a procedure that is probably unknown to most. So, what is the twist? Well, the focus is on the contour and removal of excess skin in the upper abdominal region . The traditional tummy tuck is focused more on the removal of excess skin in the lower region of the abdomen.
This procedure begins with incisions across the lower breast folds and along the lower sternum. The scars are hidden underneath the breasts. A few reasons why someone may choose to undergo reverse abdominoplasty are: there’s excess skin in the upper abdominal area and/or a breast lift is desired. The raised, excess skin can be used as a breast self-augmentation to provide more volume and shape. It is used in combination with other procedures to tighten the upper abdominal skin, and lift the base of low sitting breasts into a more natural, higher position. This procedure can be a success for patients that have naturally low positioned breasts on their long torso. It truly lifts the breast base into a higher position, thus visually “shortening the torso,” says Dr. Zoran Potparic, M.D., plastic surgeon of Fort Lauderdale.