Many people in Lubbock focus on fitness and body image when considering their New Year’s resolutions. But what if you have already tried diet and exercise without success? Abdominoplasty can get rid of stubborn fat and saggy skin that just will not respond to your best efforts. Knowing your options will help you decide which type of tuck will best fit your needs.
The Mini Tuck
This option is ideal for fit people whose main problem area is below the belly button. The incision is smaller than that of a regular tummy tuck and is similar in size to the incision of a c-section. Your surgeon will tighten abdominal muscles and remove excess skin that will leave a short scar at the bikini line. Unlike the standard procedure, the mini does not typically require the navel to move. This less-involved option also comes with a shorter recovery time and patients are usually back to their regular routines after about a week of healing.
The traditional procedure is for people who struggle with a more substantial amount of abdominal fat and sagging skin. The incision runs from one hip to the other, but can still be hidden under a swimsuit. Since more skin and fat are being removed, the belly button is repositioned to maintain the tummy’s natural appearance. Lubbock patients should plan for between two to four weeks for recovery.
The extended tummy tuck is like the traditional one, but it also involves a longer incision to continue the fat and skin removal to the flanks, or sides of the abdomen. Your board certified plastic surgeon can recommend whether this version is best for you. Liposuction is almost always paired with the extended tuck to achieve better contouring effects.
Dr. Jane Rowley is a leading plastic surgeon in Lubbock who will take the time to talk with you about your individual needs. If the new year has you seeking more confidence in your appearance, call our office today to schedule a no-obligation consultation.