Tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery that is usually done to improve the shape of the abdomen. This technique is also referred to as abdominoplasty. During this surgical procedure, the surgeon will remove excess fat and skin around the abdominal area. In addition, the connective tissues within the abdomen will be tightened with sutures. The resultant effect is a more toned look.

People usually opt for abdominoplasty due to excess fat or poor elasticity of the abdominal skin. This surgery is also done to tighten weakened connective tissue in the abdomen.

According to some researchers that analyzed data from CDC health surveys and in-person exams, it was found out that, between 2011 and 2012, 44 percent of men suffered from abdominal obesity, while about two-thirds of all women have this undesirable condition. This implies that tummy fat or deformity is a global pandemic.

Common ways that people have been trying to reduce or modify their tummy size include dietary modifications, exercises, and stress management. The challenge with these methods is that they can take several months to a few years before you will start noticing significant changes. Not many people have the patience to wait that long.

Tummy tuck surgery is a quicker and safe method to get rid of or modify excess fats and skin in and around the tummy.

Type of Tummy Tuck

There are multiple tummy tuck procedures. They are all designed to help reduce tummy fats, tighten sagging skin, and regain desirable tummy contours. Before the surgery, the plastic surgeon will examine the patient’s skin and tissue condition to determine which of the types of tummy tuck procedure is best suited for the patient.

The following are the types of tummy tucks, what they entail, and which may be best for you.

1. Full Tummy Tuck

This is the most common type. The surgery focuses on the entire midsection. People who benefit well from this type of tummy tuck include post-pregnant women, those who have experienced major weight loss, and those who no longer like how their bodies have changed due to aging or genetics.

During the surgery, the surgeon will make two incisions. The first one will be located in the lower abdomen, while the second will be around the navel. The surgeon will then remove fats and sagging skin from both the upper and lower abdomen. He will also tighten the abdominal muscles necessary to give the stomach a more toned midsection.

2. Extended Tummy Tuck

If you have experienced a significant weight loss and there is a need to remove large amounts of skin, then the extended tummy tuck is the most suitable for you.

The plastic surgeon will make a single incision that will wrap around the abdomen up to the hip. This incision will allow the surgeon to tighten the skin evenly.

3. Mini Tummy Tuck

This type is very suitable for females who want to correct physical changes after pregnancy. It is also appropriate for people who need muscle tightening to fix a slight pooch.

During the surgery, the plastic surgeon will focus on the tummy area that lies below the navel. He will make a single incision at the bikini line, which can be easily concealed under a swimsuit. The skin will be stretched downward to smooth and adjust the skin.

4. BodyTite

BodyTite, also known as Radio Frequency Assisted Lipolysis or RFAL, is a minimally invasive lipolysis procedure, which dissolves fat in the tummy while firming and tightening the skin. This procedure is good for men and women with too much fat in their tummies.

During the surgery, a thin tube called cannula will be inserted under the tummy skin. An electrode is then placed on the outer surface. The radiofrequency waves from the electrode will melt the fat, making it easier to remove.

You can contact us to know which of these procedures will be best for you.