Types of Tummy Tucks
Full Tummy Tuck
A Full Tummy Tuck is a good procedure for patients who have a large amount of separation of the abdominal muscles following pregnancy or weight gain. Also if the patient has an excessive amount of loose and hanging skin subsequent to weight loss, a Tummy Tuck will serve to remove this extra skin and tighten the abdominal muscles.
A Full Tummy Tuck is made by making a horizontal incision just above the groin. The incision extends along the groin toward the both hips. The skin is raised from the underlying abdominal muscles to the belly button, which is then separated from the abdominal skin. In the middle of the upper stomach the skin is raised to just below the ribs. The separated stomach muscles are then sewn back together from below the ribs to the groin. The patient is sat up and the excess lower stomach skin removed. A small opening is made for the belly button that is re-attached to the skin. Drains are usually placed to aid the patient in recovery. The drains remain in place from anywhere from 3-7 days on average. The lower abdominal incision is sutured and is easily hidden in the bikini line.
Mini Tummy Tuck
Someone who has less muscle separation and less sagging skin is a good candidate for a Mini Tummy Tuck.
A Mini Tummy Tuck is limited to the lower abdomen. It does not suture the upper stomach muscles and does not detach and re-position the belly button. The horizontal lower abdominal incision is like the Full Tummy Tuck, but usually smaller in length. The separated lower stomach muscles are sewn back together and excess skin is removed.
Circumferential or Extended Tummy Tuck.
A Circumferential Tummy Tuck is a great option for patients who have excess loose and hanging skin that extends from the abdomen to the hips and buttocks region.
When there is excess skin and laxity of the hips and buttocks it is necessary to extend the incision from the abdomen to the hips and lower back. This allows removal and re-draping of the skin and tissue of these areas. If the excess skin of the hips and buttocks is not removed there would be a very noticeable difference with the tighter and flatter stomach appearance.
Liposuction and Tummy Tuck
Liposuction is a great way for a patient to get rid of stubborn areas of fat which will not go away with diet and exercise. A lot of times patients do not know if they would get a better result with Liposuction or a Tummy Tuck—but there are more options! We can do a combination of both procedures both to remove excess skin and to get rid of those stubborn areas of fat.
The fat that is located in the lower abdomen is removed with removal of the excess skin of the lower abdomen at the time of the Tummy Tuck. However, if there is fat located in the rest of the abdomen or hips, Liposuction of these areas can still be done at the time of the Tummy Tuck. This helps to create a more defined and contoured appearance. We also give our patients to option to have Liposuction of these areas performed after they have healed from their Tummy Tuck.