Customize My Tummy Tuck:
There are different types of tummy tucks depending on each patient’s individual situation. They are categorized by how extensive the surgery is. In every procedure, an incision is made and the weakened underlying muscles are tightened, and tissue is re-draped. Excess skin is trimmed away and excess fat can be removed with liposuction techniques. The end result is a smooth, tightened, and toned mid-section.
Standard/Full/Classic Tummy Tuck:
The most popular tummy tuck is for individuals who wish to tighten their abdomen both above and below the belly button. The procedure involves a horizontal incision that extends from hip to hip. An incision is also around the belly button. Excess skin is removed and any muscle splitting is repaired. Finally, the belly button is repositioned and the low incision is closed.
This procedure is best for healthy men or women who have excess skin and weakening of the abdominal muscles. Surgery is performed at the hospital under general anesthesia. Most patients require 2-4 weeks for a full recovery.
Vertical Tummy Tuck/Fleur de Lis:
A fleur-de-lis or vertical tummy tuck is for individuals who have significant loose skin not only in the lower abdomen but also above the belly button. This procedure involves the same lower incision as a standard tummy tuck. It differs from a standard tummy tuck because it adds a second vertical incision in the midline of the abdomen. This vertical incision allows the surgeon the ability to remove excess skin above the belly button.
Recovery is similar to a full tummy tuck.
Mini Tummy Tuck:
A mini tummy tuck is a smaller version of a standard tummy tuck. This technique addresses only skin and muscle below the belly button. The belly button is not repositioned with a mini tummy tuck. The mini tummy tuck is ideal for patients that have only a minimal amount of loose lower abdominal skin and bulging of the muscles only below the belly button.
During a mini-abdominoplasty, a limited horizontal incision is made above the pubic area. Excess skin below the belly button is removed and the lower abdominal muscles are tightened. There is no scar around the belly button since it does not need to be repositioned. This type of surgery can often be performed in the office with local anesthesia. Sometimes it is performed in the hospital with IV sedation. Recovery generally takes 1-2 weeks.
Extended/Circumferential/Lower Body Lift Tummy Tuck:
A circumferential tummy tuck or lower body lift addresses the hips, lateral thighs, buttocks and lower back in addition to the anterior abdomen. This technique is reserved for individuals who have loose sagging skin the extends all the way around their body.
To accomplish this procedure an incision is made that extends 360 degrees around the midsection. This allows the surgeon to remove the skin from the anterior abdomen, lateral abdomen and back in one procedure.
A circumferential tummy tuck requires general anesthesia and is performed in the hospital. This technique requires an overnight stay in the hospital. Recovery takes 4-6 weeks.