One of the most popular types of cosmetic surgery is the tummy tuck. There are a variety of techniques that can be used depending on the patient’s body and the amount of excess skin present. Your plastic surgeon can help you determine the right tummy tuck technique during your initial consultation.
Standard or Full Tummy Tuck
The standard or full tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgical procedure that involves an incision being made from one hip to the other beneath the patient’s bellybutton. There is typically another incision made around the navel so it can be re-positioned once the excess skin in the upper stomach has been removed. The tummy tuck is performed by tightening the muscles of the abdomen by utilizing internal sutures and removing excess skin. The rest of the skin is pulled taut over the patient’s stomach, leaving them with a slimmer, sleeker physique.
Extended Tummy Tuck
An extended tummy tuck procedure involves a horizontal incision being made around the hips by either side of the lower back. This allows the resulting scar to only be visible from the back. When this procedure is performed, there is more skin removed from a larger area on the body, which deems it most appropriate for patients who need to lose a large amount of weight. A round incision is also made around the bellybutton so the skin can be positioned higher after the removal of excess skin.
Fleur-de-Lis Tummy Tuck
The fleur-de-lis tummy tuck procedure involves not only a horizontal incision but also a vertical scar. Because the scar is difficult to conceal, this technique is only performed on individuals who need the maximum coverage. However, if the patient has a long torso, there may only be a short scar and the removal of more skin between the navel and pubic area.
Mini Tummy Tuck
Finally, the mini tummy tuck may be reserved for a small minority of patients. It is most appropriate for women who have lost weight after giving birth or for individuals who have excess skin after losing a significant amount of weight. The procedure involves a scar ranging from 4 to 8 inches above the pubic area without a necessity to reposition the bellybutton or remove excess skin from the upper abdominal region.
If you are interested in getting a tummy tuck, contact board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bohley for your consultation