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A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a very common procedure because it offers the patient a trim contoured waistline and firmer abdomen. However, there are different types of tummy tuck surgeries that are performed. Read on to know the best tummy tuck surgery for you.
Types of Tummy Tuck

What are the different types of tummy tuck surgeries?

Unique aesthetic goals and desired outcomes of treatment vary from person to person. And it is necessary to be open and discuss the procedure at length before the surgery. The main difference between the types of surgery resorted to depends on the outcome the patient desires and the limit to which the tummy has to be reduced.
The main types of tummy tuck surgery are:

  • The full tummy tuck
  • Mini Tummy Tuck
  • Extended Tummy Tuck
  • Reverse Tummy Tuck
  • Fleur de les tummy tuck


The full tummy tuck

The standard or the normal tummy tuck focuses on reshaping and toning the lower abdominal area. In these cases, an incision is made above the pubic mound, spanning from hip to hip. The abdominal area is contoured with liposuction and the muscles/fascia are tightened. The bellybutton is repositioned.

This procedure is selected in patients who have significant lower abdominal sagging skin.
Mini tummy tuck.

A limited or modified tummy tuck is ideal for you if you have lesser sagging skin limited only to area above the pubic mound . A less invasive procedure, it provides almost the same results as a traditional tummy tuck. The belly button does not get repositioned in this surgery. The incision is smaller and there is no scar around the bellybutton.
Extended Tummy Tuck

Are your love handles bothering you too much? Go in for the extended tummy tuck. If you require a significant amount of skin or fatty tissue removed, this is your best friend. The surgery is a little more extensive and extends from hip to hip and beyond depend on the skin laxity. Like with the normal tummy tuck procedures, the body is contoured and muscles are tightened to the desired results.

The reverse tummy tuck

The reverse tummy tuck involves extensive recontouring starting with the midsection just below the breasts. The doctor makes one long incision or 2 small ones underneath the breasts or in the breast folds. The doctor removes the excess skin and fat present in the upper torso tucks it “upwards” toward the breast area. This is selected in patients who have more sagging skin in upper abdominal wall and/or who have scars in upper abdomen due to previous surgeries like open cholecystectomy.

Fleur de les tummy tuck.

It is designated to remove significant excess skin from the entire midsection. This procedure consists of horizontal incision similar to standard tummy tuck as well as a vertical incision running in midline from pubic area to upper abdomen. This is more commonly done in. post bariatric patient s following massive weight loss.

Variations to tummy tuck surgeries.


The results are very visible post the tummy tuck surgery. And depending on the situation and the extent to which the excess fat has to be removed to attain the results, the doctors may suggest variations too. Flankplasty is similar to a full tummy tuck and involves a significantly longer incision that extends three-quarters of the way around the lower torso. The doctors may resort to Belt Lipectomy and an Extended Belt Lipectomy or a full-body lift during this surgery as the need may be.

However, there are many risks involved and it is ideal to talk to your doctor at length before going in for the surgery.  Consult our doctors for desired results.


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