Exploring The Different Types Of Tummy Tucks

If you have been longing for a stomach that has a smoother, flatter, and more fit look? If so, a tummy tuck is probably high on your list of considerations. A tuck will help remove excess fat and skin on your stomach, in addition to tightening up your abdominal muscles to give you the fit look you’ve dreamed of. It is important to know the facts about any cosmetic procedure you are considering, so we’ve laid them out for you here.
The Ideal Tuck For You
All bodies are different and a skilled cosmetic surgeon will work with you to help you decide on the best procedure to deliver the results you desire. A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is versatile and generally come in multiple forms:

  • Full Abdominoplasty
  • Mini-Tuck
  • Extended Tuck
  • Abdominoplasty/Lipo combination

Determining the perfect procedure for you will depend on your unique problem areas, health history, and any concerns you or your surgeon might have. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions out there, so listen to your surgeon carefully about what to expect and your potential results. Cosmetic surgery is never a one-size-fits-all process, and abdominoplasty is fortunately flexible enough to address a wide range of body types.

The Mini-Tuck
A mini-tuck is a popular version of a tuck that is often ideal for individuals with only minor problems below the belly button. A small pouch of loose skin and excess fat may easily be addressed by this less-involved surgery. A single, short incision makes the mini-tuck a winner for those who desire fewer scars and shorter recovery periods. If your lower abdomen is your only problem area and the last stubborn bit of fat and skin is preventing you from having the slim tummy area you desire, consider looking into a mini-tuck today.

Full Abdominoplasty
The full tummy tuck is exactly what most patients have in mind when anyone mentions the word tummy tuck. Compared to the mini-tuck which generally only address areas below the belly button, a full tuck addresses the entire length of the abdominal wall. Excess skin and fat deposits located both above and below your navel can give your body a rounded look that a full tuck can help deal with. Tightening your abdominal muscles can provide the flat, fit, and youthful look that you may have been missing. A full tuck typically includes two incisions, with one that is greater in length than the single mini-tuck incision but is usually covered by clothing and bathing suits. For an informative look at how a tuck is performed, see this short animation.

Extended And Combination Tucks
Much like the full tuck, the extended tuck addresses excess fat and skin on the mid and lower abdomen. However, the extended tuck also addresses the lower sides and back. So if you are struggling with loose skin, fat deposits, or love handles on your sides and flank, then an extended tuck may be an option for you. The extended tuck is often the tuck of choice for people who have had massive weight loss and thus have a lot of sagging skin to remove. Most tummy tuck procedures can also be combined with liposuction to help improve your shape and remove more stubborn fat if needed. Your surgeon can help you to decide if the addition of liposuction would be beneficial in your case as not all patients need it.

With the variety of tummy tuck options available today, there is no reason to suffer with loose skin and unsightly fat pouches around your midsection. Whether you only need a small area dealt with or you are looking to remove a lot of excess skin and fat after weight loss, there is always a tuck for you.

A consultation is the best way to get your questions answered and discover which cosmetic procedures can help you achieve the body you desire. To schedule an appointment or receive more information be sure to contact our office today.