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How to Get Rid of a FUPA

Posted May 02, 2023 in Body Contouring, Liposuction, Mommy Makeover, No Drain Tummy Tuck

By Sherri Roberts 

Before and after photo of a true form tummy tuck patient,You might be surprised to know a fatty upper pubic area, sometimes called a FUPA, is one of the top reasons women seek out tummy tuck revision surgery with Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Chris Patronella. After undergoing their initial tummy tucks, they’re distressed to see a stark contrast between their taut abdomens next to a fuller mons (the upper portion of the pubic mound beneath the belly button) which is noticeable when they are in and out of their clothes. That’s why treatment of the mons through the removal of excess fat and skin is one of the essential elements of Dr. Patronella’s True Form Tummy Tuck® procedure, his renowned approach to abdominoplasty.

“During pregnancy, many different areas in addition to the abdomen experience stretching, including the hips, waist, and mons. If one is not attentive to the areas that are adjacent to the abdomen, the tummy tuck can look artificial,” said Dr. Patronella.

In technical terms, it’s called looking at the “entire anatomical unit” rather than isolating an area without consideration of the overall appearance. Dr. Patronella is meticulous in ensuring the sleek, toned abdominal appearance he creates during tummy tuck surgery is visually harmonious with the areas next to it (and beyond, if desired). He relies on one or more tools to accomplish this, including liposuction, fat grafting, and skin excision.

About 80% of Dr. Patronella’s True Form Tummy Tuck patients opt for liposuction to improve their contours. Commonly this is done on the waist to give it a more slender appearance that tapers into the hips. For women who desire a more hourglass shape or who wish to round out “hip dips,” he may incorporate fat grafting, using the fat removed via the liposuction portion of surgery.

Because of his detailed approach, Dr. Patronella’s patients can confidently wear a two-piece with no fear of a pillowy mons, a bulky step-off between the tissue above and below the incision line, or other tummy tuck pitfalls.Dr. Patronella says, “My objective is to make the results look completely natural, so that—if a person didn’t see the scar—you wouldn’t know it was surgical.”

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