While the tummy tuck procedure is quite well known, many patients do not realise that there is more than one kind. These options are built to suit different situations or achieve specific goals.
The tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, in the broadest sense, aims to create a firm, flat belly, tightening the waistline via the removal of excess skin and fat. In some cases, it may also feature a tightening of the abdominal muscles.
In this article we are going to look at some of the tummy tuck options available to help you decide which option may be right for you. It is vital to appreciate though, that there is no tummy tuck procedure which is a substitute for weight loss.
Your existing anatomy and goals will determine which of the following options are best for you, with a final consultation with Dr. Yunaev to truly evaluate your goals and provide you with the clearest information for making an informed decision.
The Standard Abdominoplasty
Both men and women with overstretched abdominal muscles are well suited for the standard, or classic abdominoplasty. This procedure removes excess skin from around the midsection creating a flatter abdomen above and below the belly button.
This procedure involves the tightening of muscles with the skin being pulled down over the abdomen. In some cases, it may also include an element of liposuction to contour the waistline and hips.
The Mini Tummy Tuck
Sometimes, no amount of diet and exercise will get rid of stubborn belly fat, and this is where the mini tummy tuck comes in.
This procedure targets the small bulge in the lower abdomen only. It involves a small incision, and much like the classic procedure above, a tightening of the muscles in the lower abdomen along with the removal of excess skin.
The most significant tummy tuck procedure targets the lower abdomen, as well as the hips and sides of the lower back. An extended tummy tuck removes a large amount of skin from a wide area and is best suited for those who have experienced a significant amount of weight loss.
Reverse Tummy Tuck
The reverse tummy tuck targets excess skin on the upper abdomen only to help provide a more desirable contour. Sometimes combined with liposuction, this procedure is very similar to the standard tummy tuck, however exclusively focussed on the upper abdominal area with a similar recovery time as the mini tummy tuck.
Which Tummy Tuck Is Right for You?
The amount of excess skin, its quality, and your body type are all factors that will determine which of the above procedures are the best fit for you and your goals. We also need to consider the placement of excessive fat deposits as deep fat within the abdominal cavity is not something often addressed by a tummy tuck.
In the end, a final determination will come down to your unique needs and goals. Dr. Yunaev will assess your situation and recommend the best path forward while giving you all of the necessary information you need to ensure that you are making a well-informed decision.
The team at the Breast and Body Clinic are here to answer all of your questions and support you through your procedure and recovery process. Our goal is to help you feel comfortable with your body, so speak to us today about how best to achieve this.