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What Are the Different Types of Tummy Tucks?

Most people are somewhat familiar with tummy tucks and what they can do. But did you know there’s more than one type of tummy tuck? 

It makes sense, considering there’s more than one type of body. Yet many of our patients don’t realize tummy tucks are highly customizable procedures that can be tailored to suit your needs. 

If you want to change the way your abdomen looks, a tummy tuck at DFW Aesthetics and Cosmetic Surgery in Southlake, TX, is the best way to do it. 

Keep reading to learn about three tummy tuck variations and who they are right for. 

What Is a Tummy Tuck? 

A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure that works by removing extra skin and fat around the abdomen to give you a tighter abdominal contour. It is one of the most popular plastic surgeries today due to its speed and ability to create a natural-looking, toned appearance. 

Who Is a Good Candidate for Abdominoplasty? 

Almost anyone who wants to change the way their abdomen looks is a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery. 

Tummy tuck surgery is most common in women — mothers, specifically — but men can benefit from this procedure, too. Generally speaking, people who are interested in abdominoplasty should be:

  • In good overall health 
  • At a stable weight
  • A nonsmoker 

Many moms elect to get a tummy tuck to address some of the changes their bodies experienced during pregnancy. However, if you plan on having more children in the future, you should wait to have this procedure. 

Although getting pregnant after a tummy tuck is not dangerous, it could undo all of the results you achieved with surgery. 

3 Types of Abdominoplasty We Offer

At DFW Aesthetics and Cosmetic Surgery in Southlake, TX, we offer three different kinds of tummy tucks to address your unique cosmetic concerns and provide the precise results you’re looking for. 

Each type of tummy tuck uses a slightly different technique and comes with a unique set of benefits. More information on each type of tummy tuck can be found below. 

1. Mini Tummy Tuck

Rather than transforming your entire abdomen, a mini tummy tuck focuses on the area below your belly button. During this procedure, our skilled surgeon will make a discreet incision along your bikini line. This allows us to remove excess skin and access and repair your abdominal muscles, if necessary. 

Benefits of a Mini Tummy Tuck 

A mini tummy tuck has the shortest surgery and recovery time and only requires one incision. This type of tummy tuck is best for moms who are at a healthy weight but can’t seem to get rid of the little “pouch” of loose skin at the bottom of their stomach. 

2. Classic Tummy Tuck

A classic tummy tuck is what most people are familiar with. It involves one incision at the bottom of your abdomen, just above the pubic area, and another around your belly button. 

This allows our surgeon to remove excess skin from your upper and lower abdomen and sew your abdominal muscles back together to improve the appearance and placement of your belly button. 

Benefits of a Classic Tummy Tuck 

This procedure targets your entire abdomen and creates a tighter overall appearance. The classic tummy tuck is ideal for people who have more than a small pouch of skin to remove but do not have too much excess skin along their entire abdomen. Even though this is the most common type of tummy tuck, it is still customized to meet your needs. 

3. Extended Tummy Tuck

An extended tummy tuck is a bit more involved than the classic and is meant to remove significant amounts of loose skin. During an extended tummy tuck, we make a large incision at the bottom of the abdomen that stretches from one hip to the other. 

This allows us to remove all of the excess skin on your abdomen and create a smoother and more uniform final result. If the classic tummy tuck incision were used, there would still be a lot of skin left over around your flanks, and the result would not look natural. 

Benefits of an Extended Tummy Tuck 

This tummy tuck is ideal for people who have undergone an extreme weight loss journey and are left with excessive sagging skin along their entire abdomen. An extended tummy tuck removes that stubborn layer of loose skin so you can finally show off the newly toned and slim figure that you worked so hard for. 

Get the Most Out of Surgery by Combining Procedures 

If you have multiple cosmetic concerns you’d like to address, it’s a good idea to combine them into one procedure. Since tummy tuck surgery requires general anesthesia, it’s better to schedule it with any other planned surgeries that would also require general anesthesia, such as the following:

  • Breast augmentation
  • Breast lift
  • Breast reduction
  • Arm lift
  • Facelift
  • Neck lift
  • Thigh lift 
  • Butt lift 
  • Vaginoplasty

Not only does this create more dramatic results, but it also saves you time and money by requiring only one recovery period.

Take the First Step Toward a Tighter Stomach Today 

The first step toward a tighter tummy is a consultation with our skilled cosmetic medical team. This is so we can review your medical history, discuss your expectations and treatment options, and formulate a personalized treatment plan for you. 

If you think you might be a good candidate for abdominoplasty in Southlake, TX, get in touch with our friendly staff today to schedule your consultation. 

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