How can my tummy tuck be customized?
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.
Mini tummy tuck:
A mini tummy tuck is meant for those with only a small amount of excess abdominal skin and fat that is located below the belly button. The incision is made below the bikini line and is smaller than with other tummy tucks techniques.
Full tummy tuck:
This is the most common tummy tuck and aims to remove a significant amount of excess skin and fat. Muscles that have become lax from pregnancy are tightened. The incision for a full tummy tuck usually runs from hipbone to hipbone and is made below the bikini line.
Extended tummy tuck:
This tummy tuck extends the length of the incision and is often combined with liposuction to address the flanks (love handles). Whereas a full tummy tuck addresses the front and the sides of the stomach area, an extended tuck also moves around the sides.
Circumferential tummy tuck / Lower Body Lift:
If patients have lost extreme amounts of weight, such as after lap band or gastric bypass surgery, a circumferential tummy tuck can address their extensive loose skin on their abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. The incision in these procedures completely circles the waist. This enables Dr. Kayastha to not only contour the abdomen, but to also lift the hips, outer thighs, and buttocks.