A lax, undefined abdomen can be the most frustrating part of your body to tone. Many people find that diet and exercise can only improve their abdominal appearance so much. Having a baby, losing dramatic amounts of weight, or aging can leave you with sagging muscles and lose, excess skin, both of which are resistant to change. If you’re struggling to achieve the flatter, firmer belly you desire, a tummy tuck may be the right procedure for you.
Tummy tuck surgeries are not the same for each person. There are different techniques and degrees, which can each be tailored to better suit different body types and needs. So, which tummy tuck do you need?
Standard Tummy Tuck
The standard tummy tuck utilizes two incisions, one across the hips and a secondary incision around the navel. This technique addresses both lax abdominal muscles and excess skin accumulation from the navel to the pubic area.
- Men and women with age-related or post-weight loss abdominal laxity
- Post-partum women who struggle with both abdominal separation and excess skin
Mini Tummy Tuck
The mini tummy tuck provides more limited correction and uses only one incision along the lower abdominal area. This can correct a small hanging flap of skin but will only achieve minimal correction of excess abdominal skin. It can be combined with liposuction (usually laser assisted) of the abdominal fat above the level of the mini abdominoplasty. Sometimes this procedure can be done under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation, but more extensive general anesthesia may be preferable.
- Women following pregnancy who have an abdominal pooch, but relatively good skin elasticity.
Extended Tummy Tuck
The extended tummy tuck provides men and women with the most significant amount of correction. A long incision is created along the lower abdomen, runs to the hips, and occasionally onto the back. Folds of skin from the abdomen, flanks, and lower back are removed. Muscle tightening may be performed, but is not always needed.
- Dramatic weight loss patients who have redundant folds of excess skin across their lower body.
Schedule a Consultation
Ideal candidates for each technique are determined following a thorough consultation and physical evaluation. These guidelines are designed to help you begin a dialogue with your surgeon about your current needs and goals. Each technique is tailored to your body type, and additional procedures like liposuction may be suggested to refine your results.
You can contact Dr. Jervis’s office to schedule a tummy tuck evaluation today!