Types of Tummy Tuck Surgery, Procedures & Techniques

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There are a number of types of tummy tucks, so you might want to have a clear understanding of the different tummy tuck procedures to determine which might be the best for you. Below is a brief description of nine different tummy tuck operations.

What is a Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a procedure to improve the look of your tummy area either by removing excess skin, difficult fat deposits, or otherwise prominent tummy.

Full Tummy Tuck

A full tummy tuck is one of most aggressive options. It addresses excess fat in both the lower and middle abdomen, as well as tightening up loose skin and abdominal muscles. Because it involves so much work, this tummy tuck surgery normally requires multiple large incisions and results in a longer recovery period. This option would be best suited only for those that need the most extensive work done.

Extended Tummy Tuck

Also called a high lateral abdominoplasty, this surgical tummy tuck technique focuses on the hips and love handle area. For some people, their main excess fat might not be in the front of their stomachs, but more localized on their sides. In these cases, an extended tummy tuck might be the best option. It removes more skin and fat than a mini tummy tuck and can be helpful for people where liposuction alone won’t achieve the results they want.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck, or partial tummy tuck, focuses on the lower tummy area. Less invasive than other tummy tuck surgery options, it can be a good choice for those with additional fat localized to this area. It is one of the shortest tummy tuck surgery choices, usually lasting between one to two hours. Like with other surgical tummy tuck procedures, most patients wear compression garments afterwards. However, it’s recovery time will typically be shorter, anywhere from one to three weeks. Read more about mini tummy tucks here.

Tumescent Tummy Tuck

A tumescent tummy tuck combines both tumescent liposuction with either a full or partial tummy tuck surgery. Because this surgery is so complete, it can lead to dramatic results for patients with considerable fat deposits or loose skin, that won’t respond to exercise. During this surgical tummy tuck, the liposuction occurs first. Then the actual tummy tuck surgery comes afterwards. An upside, because both procedures are done at the same time, the total cost can be lowered, and the overall recovery time needed for both procedures will be shorter, then if they were performed separately.

Modified Tummy Tuck

A modified tummy tuck surgery sits somewhere between the full and the mini tummy tuck surgical procedures. It requires smaller incisions than a full tummy tuck does, because it focuses only on the lower abdomen, which makes it more like a mini tummy tuck. However, this tummy tuck option does work to tighten up the abdomen walls, just like on a full tummy tuck. This option may be well suited for people who have a loose abdomen wall under their lower tummy.

Endoscopic Tummy Tuck

An endoscopic tummy tuck has the advantage of only requiring very small incisions because it uses a tiny camera, called an endoscope (hence its name) to operate underneath the skin. This tummy tuck surgery option is designed to tighten loose, lower abdomen muscles and remove unwanted fat. It does not tighten the skin of the stomach, so is best suited for those who already have fairly taut tummy skin.

Reverse Tummy Tuck

This surgical tummy tuck is called a reverse tummy tuck because it pulls the skin up to tighten it, rather than downwards which is the more typical method. Because the skin is getting pulled up, this option is usually indicated for people who are carrying their excess fat and skin in their upper abdomen area. The incision for this tummy tuck surgery is made just below the breast. For this reason, it is often combined with breast reduction or lift surgery.

Smooth Tummy Tuck

The smooth tummy tuck procedure is one of the tummy tuck surgery choices that will involve both liposuction and skin tightening. It does not, however, include a tightening of the abdomen muscle. For this reason, it can often result in a shorter and easier recovery time. Although, this shouldn’t be taken to mean that it’s not as aggressive an option as the others. Indeed, a smooth tummy tuck will remove fat from both the stomach and hip areas, and can be a good choice for people with a considerable amount of fat around their middles.

Natural Tummy Tuck

For someone who prefers not to have a surgical tummy tuck, there is the natural tummy tuck. This is a process that involves special exercise, hormone treatments, genetic indicators, and nutritional counseling to help a patient lose the excess fat and improve the shape of their tummy. To work, the patient will follow the process specifically designed for them for at least six weeks.

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