An abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, can be an excellent procedure for men and women who would like to treat excess skin and fatty tissue around the abdomen. While a tummy tuck is most frequently performed on patients who have undergone pregnancy or dramatic weight loss, abdominoplasty can be customized to accommodate the unique needs of each individual. Here is a breakdown of the three most common types of abdominoplasty.
A mini tummy tuck, also known as mini-abdominoplasty treats baggy skin that hangs in the lower stomach area commonly called the navel. By removing excess skin and fatty tissue from this area, patients can improve their contours and improve laxity and bulge in the lower abdomen. Typically, the abdominal muscles are spared and not treated.
The abdominal muscles can lose their natural compact shape due to pregnancy or weight fluctuations, becoming loose or separated. A traditional abdominoplasty can repair the abdominal muscles and remove excess skin and tissue from the abdomen. Typically, the belly button is repositioned after the abdominal skin is tightened across the repaired abdomen. A traditional abdominoplasty can be combined with liposuction and/or a panniculectomy for optimal results.
The extended tummy tuck is reserved for patients who have undergone significant weight loss, often due to bariatric surgery, and wish to see dramatic improvements in their body contours. In an extended abdominoplasty, excess skin and tissue is removed not only from the abdomen, but also from the hips, thighs and back. Additionally, muscles in the back, flanks and abdomen can be repaired and toned.