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The tummy tuck is a procedure in which excess fat and skin is removed from the lower portion of the abdomen. An incision is made just above the pubic region below the “bikini line” and the excess fat of the abdominal region may be removed. The surrounding tissue may be liposculptured at the same time.
There are two types of tummy tucks, a full tummy tuck and a mini- tummy tuck.
A full tummy tuck involves an incision on the very lower portion of the abdomen above the pubic region which is well-hidden by bathing suits and clothing. The skin and fat layer is dissected away from the abdominal musculature layer and an incision is made around the umbilicus, or belly button. Sometimes a small amount of liposuction is also included in the procedure when necessary. This procedure is extremely useful in patients who have had one or more pregnancies which caused the abdominal wall musculature to become significantly weaker, even when a great amount of exercise is done. Once the musculature is tightened surgically, a firm taut tummy can then be obtained. A significant change in body contour can be successfully achieved with a full tummy tuck.
A mini-tummy tuck is a procedure in which a smaller incision is made in the lower abdomen. It is located in the same portion where a C-section is performed, and many times is actually performed at the same time as a C-section in conjunction with an Obstetric Gynecologist. The advantage of the mini-tummy tuck is that the scar is smaller, the procedure is not as drastic, and the down time is less. Not all patients are candidates for this operation and discussion with a plastic surgeon should be made in deciding which of these two operations should be performed.
As with all plastic surgery, the best candidates for tummy tuck surgery are those people who have realistic expectations. Close consultation with your plastic surgeon is essential for the best results. Women who are seeking a mini-tummy tuck to be performed at the same time as a C-section must meet certain criteria. To find out if you meet these criteria, or if you have questions about tummy tuck surgery or would like to schedule a consultation, contact us.