What Kind of Tummy Tuck Do I Need?
A flabby tummy with stretched skin may get in the way of you looking your best. Tummy tuck surgery can create a flat, toned, and firm tummy so that you can achieve the body contour you desire. There are four different kinds of tummy tucks: mini tummy tuck, full tummy tuck, circumferential tummy tuck, and panniculectomy. Each of these is uniquely designed to help individuals with different needs achieve a more attractive body contour.
Mini Tummy Tuck
As the name suggests, the mini tummy tuck is a shorter and less invasive procedure than the full tummy tuck. The surgeon will tighten the skin and stomach muscles below the belly button to correct a lower tummy bulge. This option is best for patients who still have a fairly tight and smooth upper tummy.
Full Tummy Tuck
The full tummy tuck, formally called “abdominoplasty,” tightens the stomach muscles and skin both above and below the belly button. The surgeon will also tighten the pubic area to make the full abdomen look smooth and flat. This option is best for patients who need correction for the upper and lower tummy, such as those whose bodies have been altered due to moderate weight fluctuations or pregnancy.
Circumferential Tummy Tuck
The circumferential tummy tuck is also known as a belt lipectomy because the incision may extend from the lower abdomen all the way around to the lower back. The surgeon will tighten the stomach muscles and remove excess skin from the front as well as the back of the body. This option is best for patients who have undergone major weight loss and who have hanging skin on their midsection. If desired, patients can achieve similar results by undergoing a full tummy tuck in one surgery and a back and buttock lift in another surgery.
A panniculectomy differs from the full tummy tuck in that it does not tighten the stomach muscles. The surgeon will remove large amounts of excess fat and skin that hang down over the front of the genitals and thighs. This option is also best for patients who have undergone major weight loss, and it can even improve back pain and skin rashes from chafing.
If you are interested in undergoing tummy tuck surgery to improve your body contour and silhouette, schedule your consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andrés Taleisnik. Dr. Taleisnik will help you determine which type of tummy tuck is best for your needs. Call (714) 538-8549 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule your consultation.