What are the Different Types of Tummy Tucks?
Endoscopic Tummy Tuck
This type of tummy tuck uses a small horizontal cut about 4 inches in length above the pubic hairline, similar to a C section incision. The primary goal is to repair the separated abdominal or rectus muscles. Liposuction of the abdominal skin and flanks can be done at the same time. With the endoscopic tummy tuck, only a very small amount of loose skin can be removed.
Mini Tummy Tuck
If you have a moderate amount of loose skin, then a mini tummy tuck may be indicated. The incision is longer than the endoscopic tummy tuck but shorter than a full tummy tuck. The abdominal muscles are repaired and liposuction of the abdominal skin and flanks are done to achieve the best profile and contour possible. There may be an additional incision around your belly button although sometimes it may be possible for the Plastic Surgeon to avoid this incision by performing the "floating belly button" technique.
Full Tummy Tuck
Most patients with a significant amount of loose skin, fat and skin rolls require a full tummy tuck to achieve the best result possible. The incision extends from one hip to the other. However, it is made low in the abdomen just above the pubic area and is typically hidden in the underwear or bikini area. There is also an incision around the belly button and your own belly button is saved and brought through a new opening in the abdominal skin. The abdominal muscles are also repaired. Liposuction of the abdominal skin is performed to thin out the front of the abdomen. Liposuction of the love handles and flanks are performed to remove the excess fat and to give a better shape and curve to the sides. Loose skin is also removed. Typically all the loose skin between the pubic hairline and the belly button is removed. Any stretch marks in this area are also removed with the skin removal.
Full tummy tuck with Lateral Thigh Lift
In addition to requiring a full tummy tuck, some patients may have a significant amount of loose skin on the sides of their hips. With this condition, the tummy tuck incision may be extended around the sides to remove this loose skin. This procedure is called a Lateral Thigh Lift.
During your consultation, your goals and wishes for a flatter, improved abdominal contour and profile will be discussed. Your personal situation will be assessed and options discussed. The majority of patients will benefit from a well performed full tummy tuck procedure.
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