Tummy tuck enhances the appearance of the lower abdomen by removing stubborn fat that is resistant to diet and exercise, and tightening the internal abdominal wall muscles. It is popular among women following pregnancy, as well as both men and women after major weight loss. Patients considering this surgery should be in good physical health, and near their goal weight.
Full Tummy Tuck
A traditional (full) tummy tuck is suitable for both men and women who have a moderate amount of excess skin in their midsection. It is commonly performed on women post-pregnancy. During this surgery, the incision extends from hipbone to hipbone, which grants the surgeon access to a greater portion of the internal structures. Liposuction is used to remove fat and the abdominal muscles are pulled and tightly secured. The belly button is usually repositioned for natural placement.
Mini Tummy Tuck
People who are in relatively good condition but want a flatter stomach may prefer a mini tummy tuck. These patients have loose abdominal fascia. However, the muscles are not stretched to the point where a full tummy tuck is required.
During the surgery, a smaller incision is made across the lower abdomen. Liposuction is used to remove excess fat. The remaining skin is pulled tight. The belly button is not affected by this surgery.