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Houston Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck, Tummy Tuck, Tummy Tuck.... What Do You Need to Know about Tummy Tuck?

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What is the Perfect Body?

  • —Having an hour-glass figure is considered to be extremely attractive by men throughout human history.

The hour-glass figure is the equivalent of having a 36-inch hips and a 23-inch waist.

The perfect hip-to-waist ratio (hour-glass figure) is the best way to assess women to be fertile. Universally, men find "fertile women" to be attractive.

The "Belly Button" or Umbilicoplasty Involved in a Tummy Tuck

  • A tummy tuck procedure almost always involves repositioning of your belly button (procedure is called umbilicoplasty.)The only time when the umbilicus is not repositioned is when your plastic surgeon performs a mini-tummy tuck, which has very limited indications (very few are candidates for a mini-tummy tuck.)There are several methods of doing an umbilicoplasty performed by different plastic surgeons.

The Ideal "Belly Button" or Umbilicus

  • Although the ideal shape of the "belly button" has been debated, studies have shown that in a young thin female, the umbilicus tends to have a small, vertically oriented umbilicus.

  • As the young attractive woman ages, the hooding of the "belly button" and deepening of the stalk develops.

  • With weight gain and after pregnancy, the umbilicus widens and deepens resulting to an unattractive "belly button."

  • A wide umbilicus and the presence of an outward protrusion called an "outie" are considered to be unappealing.

  • An ideal "belly button" according to studies of young women with an attractive abdomen shows desirable characteristics that is small in size, vertically oriented, and the presence of a superior hood.

Before & After Photos of a Tummy Tuck Procedure with VASER Liposculpture performed by Emmanuel De La Cruz MD, PLLC

Pregnancy and Abdominoplasty

  • —Some of the benefits of abdominoplasty may be reduced or eliminated by pregnancy.

Thus it is wise to postpone the procedure if a pregnancy is anticipated in the near future.

Stay tuned for more information about Tummy Tuck....

Emmanuel De La Cruz MD, PLLC


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El-Sharkawy, etl al. A study of the Aesthetic Patterns of the umbilicus among Egyptians with a ew Technique for Umbilical Reconstruction de Novo.

De La Cruz, et al. The Celtic-Cross Technique for Immediate Umbilical Reconstruction. Journal of Plastic, Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery.

Baroudi R. Umbilicoplasty. Clinics of PLastic Surgery. 2 (3) July: 431-48, 1975.

Hodgkinson DJ. Umbilicoplasty: Conversion of a "ouie" to "inneie". Aesthetic Plastic Surgery7(4):221-2, 1983.

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