Also known as, tummy tuck, abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure often carried out to improve the look of the tummy area either by getting rid of prominent tummy, or difficult fat deposits and excess skin. Generally, there are several types of this surgery, it’s therefore important to clearly understand them to determine the best for your specific needs. The following are a few common procedures.
1. Full Tummy Tuck
When it comes to the most aggressive options, a full tummy tuck is one of them. This procedure specifically addresses excess fat and skin in both the middle and lower abdomen. It also helps in tightening up abdominal muscles and loose skin. Because full tummy tuck involves a lot of work, it usually requires multiple incisions and a longer recovery period. The procedure is best suited for people who need the extensive work done.
2. Mini Tummy Tuck
Also called partial tummy tuck, this procedure mainly focuses on the lower area of your tummy. Its less invasive surgical procedure than other options, making it a good choice for people with excess fat localized around lower abdomen area. It’s one of the shortest options, often lasting between 1 – 2 hours. Just like other similar procedures, most people wear compression garments after surgery. However, it has a shorter recovery time, ranging from 1 – 2 weeks.
3. Extended Tummy Tuck
Also known as, a high lateral abdominoplasty, this type of tummy tuck mainly focuses on the waist and hips. Some people have excess fat localized on their sides rather than in the front of their stomach. In such cases, the best option is this procedure. It gets rid of excess fat and skin than other types and can be combined with liposuction to achieve the desired results.
4. Reverse Tummy Tuck
Because it usually pulls your skin up rather than downwards to tighten it, this surgical procedure is commonly known as a reverse tuck. It’s indicated for individuals with excess skin and fat in the upper abdomen area. Its incision is made slightly below the breasts. For that reason, this procedure is often combined with a breast lift or reduction surgery.
5. Tumescent Tummy Tuck
This surgical procedure can combine both tumescent lipo with either a partial or full tummy tuck surgery. This makes it so complete, making it a good choice for people with loose skin or considerable fat deposits. The liposuction comes first during this procedure and then the actual surgery comes afterwards.
6. Modified Tummy Tuck
This is yet another type of cosmetic surgery that sits somewhere between the mini and full tummy tuck procedures. A modified tummy tuck often requires smaller incisions because it mainly focuses on the lower part of the abdomen that makes it more like a partial tummy tuck. Even though, it doesn’t work to tighten up the abdominal walls like other options do. This surgical procedure is best suited for patients with loose abdomen walls, particularly in their lower tummy.
Besides the above-discussed options, other types of abdominoplasty include smooth tummy tuck, endoscopic tummy tuck and natural tummy tuck. Each of these procedures focuses on removing excess skin and fat from specific parts of your tummy.