Understanding the 3 Types of Tummy Tucks

A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is the surgical removal of loose skin on and around the abdomen. Loose skin can be caused by weight loss, aging, sun damage, muscle loss, or from medical conditions. Loose skin is rarely a medical concern but can be uncomfortable, affect your confidence, and make it difficult to wear clothes you enjoy. Thankfully, a tummy tuck can have you back on track to enjoying your everyday life. Let’s explore the three main types of tummy tucks so you know what’s right for you.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck is a reduced form of a normal tummy tuck. This type of tummy tuck is normally done to address a stubborn belly bulge with small amounts of loose skin. The main difference between a mini and a full tummy tuck is the range. A mini tummy tuck normally only ranges the width of the pubic mound and requires a much smaller incision. The primary goal is to tighten the stomach area and not remove large amounts of loose skin. This is a simpler procedure for less drastic results.

Full Tummy Tuck

A full tummy tuck is the classic tummy tuck technique. This technique is primarily used to remove loose skin from the abdomen. A full tummy tuck uses two incisions to tighten the skin and contour the stomach area. A full tummy tuck will provide more drastic results compared to a mini tummy tuck but will require larger incisions and likely a longer recovery time.

Extended Tummy Tuck

An extended tummy tuck is nearly identical to a full tummy tuck. The primary difference is that an extended tummy tuck includes the sides of the abdomen and occasionally the lower back. The incisions used for a full tummy tuck are simply extended to reach the additional tissue. This produces more drastic results but will likely require longer to heal.

Seeking Treatment

Tummy tucks are great for someone trying to tighten loose skin on their abdomen. That’s why Dr. David Altamira provides all three types of tummy tucks to best suit your body’s goals. Dr. Altamira is an experienced plastic surgeon that brings expertise, compassion, and results to every procedure. If you’re considering a tummy tuck, then contact Dr. Altamira’s office at 713-271-9000 today for a consultation.

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