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Different types of tummy tucks

Different types of tummy tucks



If you are conscious about your saggy abdomen resulting from an excess skin and weak abdominal wall muscle, you can consider undergoing the tummy tuck. Also known as abdominoplasty, the tummy tuck effectively restores the firmness and youthfulness of the abdomen by removing the excess skin and tightening the underlying muscles. During the procedure, the stubborn fat pockets in the abdomen are also removed.

The procedure is customizable, meaning the techniques can be tweaked to meet your aesthetic goals and treat the specific cosmetic flaws in your abdomen. There are different types of tummy tucks, each developed to resolve particular problems in the abdomen. The plastic surgeon will examine your tummy during the pre-operative consultation and then recommend the type of tummy tuck that can treat the aesthetic problems in your belly.


Types of tummy tucks

The tummy tuck surgery has different versions. Each type of tummy tuck is meant to treat different levels and types of sagginess in the abdomen.


Traditional tummy tuck

The traditional tummy tuck is the most common type of abdominoplasty that can treat severely saggy abdomen. The procedure involves incisions that run from hip to hip. It also involves placing incisions around the navel. This type of tummy tuck can treat an entirely saggy abdomen. During the surgery, the plastic surgeon will also reposition the navel so that the results can look as natural as possible. In most cases, the traditional tummy tuck also includes liposuction of the abdomen to remove any stubborn fat pockets.

The procedure effectively excises the surplus skin and fat from the abdomen. Moreover, it also involves tightening and repairing of the abdominal wall muscles. The abdomen becomes saggy due to factors like pregnancy, massive weight changes, genetics, and aging. These factors make the abdominal skin and muscles loose and saggy. Furthermore, the traditional tummy tuck also treats rectus diastasis, which is a condition that happens after pregnancy.


Mini tummy tuck

The mini tummy tuck is also a popular type of tummy tuck that is best for patients who have developed limited sagging in the lower abdomen or the area below the belly button. This procedure uses only a single and small incision. It does not involve repositioning of the belly button. However, it does include tightening of the abdominal wall muscle. The procedure is not as invasive as the traditional tummy tuck and the recovery period is shorter and less uncomfortable. The procedure is ideal for you if the sagginess in your lower abdomen is mild. It does not treat a severely saggy belly.

During the procedure, the surgeon will make a small incision on the lower abdomen and then remove a small amount of the excess skin and fat from the area. The procedure effectively removes the saggy skin and excess fat that does not usually go away with diet and exercise. Whether muscle tightening will be required depends on the cause of your abdominal sagging. In most cases, muscle tightening is not required. Also, the good news is that it does not involve an incision around the navel, which means there will be no scarring in this area.

The mini tummy tuck is recommended for you if you are thin and have a belly pooch, which is a small protuberance in the lower belly area between the pubis and navel. The small incision is made under the navel in a horizontal shape. The procedure can be performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia. You can resume work some days after the surgery, but complete recovery will take about three weeks.


Endoscopic tummy tuck

The endoscopic tummy tuck is recommended for patients with separated or weak abdominal muscles, some excess fat in the abdomen, and no loose abdominal skin. In other words, it is meant to primarily treat abdominal sagging resulting from loose or weak abdominal muscle. During the procedure, the plastic surgeon will use an endoscope, which is a small tube that carries a small camera.

The use of the endoscope during the procedure ensures that the resulting scar is minimal and not so visible or noticeable. This type of tummy tuck is useful for patients who have rectus diastasis that is making their abdomen look saggy. In most cases, the procedure is performed under IV sedation with local anesthesia; however, it can also be performed under general anesthesia.


Extended tummy tuck

The extended tummy tuck involves not only the removal of the excess skin and fat from the abdomen but also excises the stubborn fat pocket in the sides of the abdomen. The incision is placed on the lower part of the abdomen, which makes the resulting scar less noticeable. This type of tummy tuck is recommended for patients who want to contour an extended area of their abdomen and the periphery. In other words, it treats more of the abdomen and surrounding area than the traditional tummy tuck. As a result of this surgery, your entire tummy and the nearby body areas will become firmer and shapelier.


Circumferential tummy tuck

The circumferential tummy tuck is yet another version of the tummy tuck surgery that is best for patients who have undergone the gastric bypass procedure. Keep in mind that when you experience a considerable weight loss, your abdomen will become saggy due to the resulting excess skin. Weight loss after the gastric bypass surgery makes the skin inelastic. The excess skin will make your abdomen look saggy. It is not only a cosmetic problem but also a medical one because there is a risk that infection may happen in the abdominal skin folds after the surgery.

Depending on your needs, the circumferential tummy tuck may also involve excision of the surplus skin from the localized areas of the body like the butt, hips, and thighs. The scar after the procedure will go to the back. This type of tummy tuck encompasses the traditional tummy tuck circumferentially, meaning that it also eliminates the excess skin from the back. This procedure can be implemented in one or two stages, depending on the severity of the condition, the body areas affected, your aesthetic goals, and health status.

Patients who undergo the circumferential tummy tuck are at higher risk of wound complications than other types of tummy tucks. However, the results are practical as it treats your whole torso region. If you are in good health and desire to have a fully contoured upper body, you may consider the circumferential tummy tuck.

One incision is made horizontally through the lower abdomen whereas another vertical incision is made across the abdomen. As a result, the surgeon gets more control over removing the required amount of excess skin and tightening the weakened abdominal wall muscles. The procedure can also involve the use of liposuction to remove any stubborn fat pocket in the abdomen, lower body, and hips area.  Furthermore, your navel will also be repositioned so that it can look youthful. It is one of the most invasive tummy tuck procedures, but the results are dramatic. Recovery after the procedure can take about 4-6 weeks.


Hourglass tummy tuck

The hourglass tummy tuck is a modern and more advanced type of tummy tuck surgery. As the name suggests, the hourglass tummy tuck not only makes your abdomen firmer but also delivers you the most revered female body type called the hourglass body that features wider hips and a smaller waist. The hourglass tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia.

After the anesthesia has been administered, the plastic surgeon will make an incision on the abdomen. There are three main steps involved in the surgery: treating the saggy abdomen, liposuction, and fat transfer to the hips. During the procedure, the surgeon will tighten the abdominal wall muscles and then remove the excess skin and fat from the abdomen. If required, the belly button will also be repositioned. During the procedure, liposuction will be used to remove the stubborn fat pockets from and around the abdomen.

The fat removed from the localized areas of the body through liposuction is then processed in a centrifuge. The impurities are removed during this step. In the last step, the surgeon will carefully inject the purified fat into your hips. As a result of this procedure, your abdomen will become firmer and toned, your waist will become smaller, and your hips will become wider.



The tummy tuck is a significant and invasive plastic surgery procedure that is used to treat saggy abdomen resulting from pregnancy, massive weight loss, aging, gravity, etc. Different types of tummy tuck procedures can treat different kinds of aesthetic shortcomings or flaws in the abdomen. I have described all the types of tummy tuck in this article. A board-certified plastic surgeon can best tell which of these tummy tuck types is useful for you and what results you can expect after the procedure. You should select a plastic surgeon who is board-certified and experienced in the specific tummy tuck type to perform the surgery. All kinds of tummy tucks involve incisions, surgical trauma, and risks. Be sure to discuss the risks and side effects with the surgeon.









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