Getting a tummy tuck could be important to you for various reasons. Maybe you’re unhappy with your stomach area after weight loss or having children. There could also be a genetic reason you carry extra skin there, or you just want to look more firm and toned. Fortunately, there are several different types of tummy tucks so you can choose the one that’s going to be best for your specific situation. From smaller procedures to those that are more complex, there are options for you to get a stomach you’re more comfortable with.
The Standard Tummy Tuck
When most people think of types of tummy tucks, this is the one they’re thinking of. It tones and reshapes the lower abdominal area and is common for women who’ve had children. The typical incision in this procedure is made from hip to hip, and between the belly button and the pubic area. Fatty tissue and excess skin are then removed. Liposuction is also used to achieve a flatter look to that area of the body. The abdominal wall muscles are also tightened during that time, adding to the smoother, sleeker look. The incision is hidden when wearing underwear or a bathing suit, in most cases.
An Extended Tummy Tuck
For anyone who wants and needs all the benefits of a standard tummy tuck but who also struggles with “love handles,” an extended tummy tuck can be the answer. The incision in this procedure is much like in the standard option, but it extends out further and wraps around to the back of the hip on either side. The belly button is repositioned, as well, to provide a more natural look. Like the standard tummy tuck, excess skin and fatty tissue are removed and liposuction is used. The abdominal wall is tightened. Most people who have this procedure spend a night in the hospital since this is one of the most invasive types of tummy tucks.
The Mini Tummy Tuck
Some people only need a small amount of skin and fat removal in the abdominal area and have a smaller “pooch” in the lower abdomen. People who are good candidates for this procedure are generally healthy and toned, but their exercise and weight loss efforts have left them with a problem area that’s hard to address. The incision in this procedure is a lot smaller than the incision in the standard tummy tuck, and there’s no need to reposition the belly button.
For people who have lost significant weight, often in excess of 100 pounds, a panniculectomy can be used to remove the extra skin and tissue that may hang down in an “apron” below their stomach. While this can be a relatively invasive procedure, it’s also life-changing for people who struggle with excess skin problems after losing large amounts of weight. Removal of the skin apron allows them to get back to normal functioning and reduces the risk of infection and further skin breakdown problems, as well.
There are several different types of tummy tucks to be considered depending on your individual needs. Finding the one that’s right for you is easier with the right help from a trained professional.