The term ‘‘tummy tuck’’ is often used to describe a wide range of procedures that all involve removing excess skin and fat around the midsection. However, many people don't know that there are actually different types of tummy tucks to suit a wide array of needs and body goals. You will need to consult with your surgeon to determine which one is right for you.
Standard Tummy Tuck
The standard tummy tuck, or full tummy tuck, addresses both the upper and lower abdomen and gives you a well-sculpted look from your waistline up to your ribcage. The incision for this type of tummy tuck usually goes from hip bone to hip bone, and a second incision at the belly button may be necessary.
The mini tummy tuck was designed to treat the particularly difficult area just beneath the belly button. Many people struggle with a small pooch that gathers between the waistband and the belly button, which is particularly hard to tighten up with any exercise.
Extended Tummy Tuck
The extended tummy tuck goes from side to side. It is used to minimize fat deposits in the upper and lower abdomen as well as your flanks. It does not go all the way around like the circumferential body lift, but it goes deeper than a standard tummy tuck.
Circumferential Body Lift
The circumferential body lift is done using the same basic technique as a standard tummy tuck, but it is used to address a wider part of your body. Instead of stopping at the lower abdomen, this procedure wraps around the body to address the hips and lower back areas as well.
Other Tummy Tuck Types
You may also hear about different tummy tuck techniques such as an endoscopic tummy tuck. This technique uses a small tube inserted beneath the skin to perform the tummy tuck. The end result is that scarring is minimized and the procedure is much less invasive. This also means there is less recovery time following the procedure. Ask your doctor if endoscopic tummy tucks are available in your area.
Depending on your body structure and your desired end result, you may choose any of these tummy tuck types at Vanguard Plastic Surgery. First, contact us to set up your free consultation and we will discuss which areas you want to treat. Then we can explore options that are best suited to your lifestyle and get you back to your ideal body image.