Dr. Brent

Hybrid Tummy Tuck®

Tummy Tuck | Hybrid Tummy Tuck® | Beverly Hills | Los Angeles | Santa Barbara

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Hybrid Abdominoplasty™ or Hybrid Tummy Tuck™ Overview
For many women, it is difficult going from the joyous time of childbirth to the dissatisfaction with the not-so-perfect body that they are often left with.   Dr. Moelleken has a great deal of experience performing his Hybrid Tummy Tuck™. As with every procedure he implements, Dr. Moelleken works diligently and professionally with patients to ensure they achieve and accomplish their ultimate goals.  The precise treatment plan requires a customized surgical approach tailored to each specific patient. The Hybrid Tummy Tuck® is unique, effective, and has a much faster recovery rate. Dr. Moelleken’s patients experience a much better plastic surgery experience because of his expertise and knowledge of this popular hybrid abdominoplasty. In layman’s terms this is a tummy tuck that is very popular with women. This is especially true of women who have had children because they tend to develop a bulge. This bulge is similar to a hernia and is formed because of the tearing of a woman’s abdominal muscles when they go through pregnancy.

Call today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Moelleken and together you can determine if this innovative procedure is appropriate for you. Anyone considering surgery should be aware of both the benefits and risks of surgery. Fortunately, significant complications are infrequent as every year thousands of people undergo a Hybrid Tummy Tuck® without experiencing any major problems. You can help to lessen certain risks by following the advice and instructions of Dr. Moelleken, both before and after surgery. Please contact us at (310) 273-1001 or fill out the form on our contact page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

The Hybrid Abdominoplasty™ or the Hybrid Tummy Tuck™ Facts
The Hybrid Abdominoplasty™ or the Hybrid Tummy Tuck™ is a short incision procedure that tightens the entire abdominal fascia. It differs from a traditional tummy tuck in that the incision is very short, approximately the same as for a C-section, rather than a hip-to-hip incision. It is most appropriate for women who are in excellent shape after they have children but are left with a remaining bulge on their abdomen.  The Hybrid Tummy Tuck™ is a new method that offers the maximum benefit for patients who are seeking upper abdominal tightening with a minimal or “mini-tummy tuck” type of incision.  There are a confusing number of procedures available for tummy tucks: micro tummy tucks, mini tummy tucks, full tummy tucks, and now the hybrid abdominoplasty. The technique that is best for the patient depends on how loose the skin is, how loose the underlying layer (fascia) is, and whether or not there is extra fat that can be reduced. Of course, every patient would like to have the micro tummy tuck version but only patients with a small amount of excess skin qualify for this procedure. When there is looseness of the fascia, hanging skin, or excess fat, a more traditional tummy tuck may serve the patient better.

Dr. Moelleken understands that when a child is in the womb, the actual space the baby takes up is enormous.  It is not just the weight of the baby; it is the placenta and fluid resulting in 15-18 pounds that are sitting in the abdomen behind the fascia.  Since the fascia is the skin or layer of the muscle, the layer gets stretched out in pregnancy and it is very unusual for that layer to return to its original form.   Although many think tightening the muscle is the procedure involved, Dr. Moelleken explains that what is actually tightened is the lining of the muscle because that is what gets stretched out.  If the area is loose above and below the belly button, he will tighten all the way from the breast bone to the pubic area.  He says that if you think of this procedure as a patient being laced up and tightened through an internal corset, the waist will get smaller allowing the bulges in the lower abdomen to shrink as well.

The Hybrid Tummy Tuck® is a stomach tightening procedure which involves a C-section type incision for the full tightening of the deep fascia. When women have a baby, the linings of the abdominal muscles tear and develop as an abdomen bulge. The bulge, which appears to be a pocket of fat, leads to the development of a potbelly that unfortunately will not go away even with liposuction.  Dr. Moelleken says, “In many women who have children, the bulge in the lower abdomen is not caused by fat, but rather by loose fascia that has ripped in childbirth and consequently sticks out.”  The Hybrid Tummy Tuck® is designed to get rid of this extra bulge by tightening the deep layer. According to Dr. Moelleken, he designed this technique to be able to go in through existing C-section scars to prevent plastic surgeons from having to leave their patients with new scar tissue on their abdomens. If a patient does not have an existing C-section scar, Dr. Moelleken will make a small incision near the pubic area.

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