Which Type of Tummy Tuck is Right For You?

A tummy tuck is the plastic surgery procedure that is intended to remove saggy, excessive skin around your tummy area. While it can be combined with liposuction, this procedure is not a weight loss treatment. Patients need to have realistic expectations and have clear communication with their board certified surgeon about the procedure, recovery, and expected results. Patients in Lubbock can talk to their doctors about three forms of tummy tuck surgery and decide which one is best for them.


Mini Tummy Tuck


This type of tummy tuck is often referred to as the “scarless tummy tuck.” The incision for this procedure is relatively small compared to a standard tummy tuck. And, this tuck removes less skin. This procedure is the best choice for individuals with that small “pooch” that just won’t respond to diet and exercise. This option is for those who are in general good health, have a slender or fit physique, and who are looking to tighten up the belly. This procedure is made with an incision in the lower abdominal wall that reaches the navel. Unlike other tummy tucks, the navel itself typically does not need to be repositioned during a mini tummy tuck. After making the incisions, the surgeon will “tuck” the skin and abdominal muscles. Because this procedure is a less invasive plastic surgery, Lubbock patients typically experience a quick recovery. Patients are usually back to their everyday activities within a week’s time and can manage their pain with over-the-counter pain medications.


Standard Tummy Tuck


This level of treatment is the traditional tummy tuck Lubbock residents typically think of for this surgery. Like the mini tummy tuck, it is recommended that this surgery is performed on men and women in good physical health. Unlike the mini tuck, however, individuals seeking this surgery have a more sizable excess of skin to remove. Patients with weakened abdominal muscles due to past pregnancies or who have experienced a tremendous loss of weight will benefit from a traditional tummy tuck. For this surgery, the surgeon makes a larger surgical incision. The incision runs in a straight line between the hip bones. Your doctor can suggest if you need to have some liposuction to remove fat at this point before the surgeon tucks the abdomen. With a larger portion of the skin removed during this tuck, the belly button is repositioned. Patients get back on their feet and into regular routines in around 2-4 weeks after surgery. A prescription pain medication is typically recommended. It’s important to rest as much as possible in the first few weeks and not try to jump right back into your life’s activities too quickly.


Extended Tummy Tuck


As you can assume, an extended tummy tuck addresses surgical needs beyond that of the standard tummy tuck. A Lubbock plastic surgery patient wanting to remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen as well as their hips and “love handles,” the sides of their lower back, may be recommended the extended tummy tuck approach. The incision for this procedure is longer than the traditional tummy tuck, covering all areas being addressed–abdomen, hips, lower back. This procedure is nearly always paired with liposuction for a better contouring results. Again, the abdominal muscles are tightened, targeted skin is excised, and the navel is repositioned. The more extensive your surgery, the longer your recovery time will be. Always give yourself plenty of time to allow your body to heal properly.


The more information you have about your plastic surgery options, the better decisions you can make for your body. Dr. Jane Rowley is the leading plastic surgeon in Lubbock who takes the time to explain procedures along with recovery and result expectations thoroughly. If you are feeling like you are tired of carrying around that extra pooch of baggy skin in your abdominal area, schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Rowley today.

Find more information about plastic surgery options and the caring staff at Rowley Plastic Surgery at www.rowleyplasticsurgery.com

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