Little do you know that there are various types of tummy tucks. It is based on the amount of excess skin and degree of muscle weakness you have. In an hourglass tummy tuck, the abdominal wall is tightened and the excess skin is removed. Liposuction is also performed and fat transfer is done on the hips. Most of the patients who want to undergo surgical procedure want to achieve their desired shape without having long scars. Patients ask surgeons if it is possible to perform the tummy tuck with a two-centimeter incision. This is not possible. Know that the length of the scar is determined by the amount of excess skin that a patient has.
If you have a perception that anybody can have a mini tummy tuck or a modified tummy tuck that is performed to improve the abdomen, then you are wrong. Most patients get a scar that goes from hip to hip. On the other hand, there are instances when patients who have lost a lot of skin or who have gained too much weight and have stretch marks all the way to the flank and beyond, need a scar that should be extended toward the back. Sometimes, it is also extended toward the midline at the back. This goes posteriorly for about 8 to 10 cm. This is what is called an extended tummy tuck. It is where the scar goes past the hips and toward the back. If you will ask why there is a need to extend the scar, this is because you will develop bunching and puckering of the skin on the sides if you do not excise the excess skin.
You have to be open-minded that there is a possibility for you to have a long scar because if you do not let the surgeon do his job, your results are not going to be as good and you are going to have excessive skin in these areas. It would be better if you consult with your surgeon for you to have realistic expectations.