Understanding The Differences Between 3 Popular Tummy Tuck Procedures

Tummy tucks can be carried out for a variety of reasons, including to remove excess skin and to improve muscle definition. The procedure is not a weight-loss treatment, but it can help enhance the shape and appearance of the abdominal area in those who have lost a lot of weight. Anyone who has experienced a rapid change in body shape that has left them with loose or sagging skin around the abdomen, such as is experienced by some women who have had a baby, may be a suitable candidate for a tummy tuck. There are three popular types of tummy tuck, but all tummy tuck procedures are carried out with general anaesthetic and require at least a couple of weeks of recovery. Here's an overview of each of these popular tummy tuck procedures.

Mini Tuck

A mini tummy tuck is often the type that's most appropriate for women who want to address loose skin after a pregnancy. Only the lower abdominal area is worked on, so there's no change to the position of the belly button, and the incision for a mini tummy tuck is located in the same place as a C-section incision, which is just above the pubic bone. This makes a mini tummy tuck discreet and recovery may not take as long as it would with other types of tummy tuck. The procedure can leave you with a flatter abdomen, which can lead to improved self-confidence and body positivity.

Standard Tuck

A standard tummy tuck is a more in-depth procedure than a mini tuck. It can be the right option for those who have a lot of excess skin and those whose abdominal muscles have separated. A long horizontal incision is required for a standard tummy tuck and the incision runs from one hip to the other. This allows the surgeon to suture together any separated muscles and easily cut away excess tissue. A standard tummy tuck will leave you with a tighter abdomen, which can contribute to improved core strength and body confidence.

Extended Tuck

An extended tummy tuck is similar to a standard tummy tuck, but the incision goes beyond the hips to both sides of the lower back. The larger incision allows the surgeon to remove excess skin right around the torso, so this procedure can benefit those who have lost a significant amount of weight and have loose or sagging skin on their hips and lower back. The extent of tissue removal involved in an extended tummy tuck means the belly button will typically have to be repositioned, as tightening the skin will cause the belly button to be lower down. Having the belly button repositioned during surgery will require an incision around the belly button, but this is not particularly noticeable once healed.

A tummy tuck is a transformative procedure that can boost your self-esteem and leave you feeling more comfortable with the shape of your body. If you're interested in having this procedure, schedule an initial consultation with a cosmetic surgeon to discuss the benefits and risks and the type of tummy tuck that would be right for you.