Types of Tummy Tucks
There are three main types of tummy tucks: mini tummy tucks, full (or classic) tummy tucks, and extended tummy tucks.
Mini Tummy Tucks
Mini tummy tucks involve a single incision just above the pubic area where your surgeon will tighten loose muscles and remove excess skin.
Since mini tummy tucks only use one incision and are less involved than other types of tummy tucks, recovery is typically quick and scarring is usually limited.
Is a mini tummy tuck right for me?
Mini tummy tucks may be a good choice for people who :
- Have loose skin or stretch marks below the belly button
- Have a small“pooch”
- Don’t want a long recovery time
- Are concerned with noticeable scarring
Full Tummy Tucks
Full tummy tucks (also referred to as classic tummy tucks) address the full length of the abdomen and typically involve a u-shaped or horizontal incision above the pubic area.
During a full tummy tuck, your surgeon will remove excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles above and below the belly button.
Is a full tummy tuck right for me?
Full tummy tucks may be a good choice for people who:
- Have loose skin or stretch marks below and above the belly button
- Have a large “pooch”
- Don’t mind a longer recovery time
- Aren’t concerned with a noticeable scar
Extended Tummy Tuck
Extended tummy tucks involve a longer incision to tighten the abdominal wall and remove excess skin from the:
- Upper abdomen
- Lower abdomen
Is an extended tummy tuck right for me?
Extended tummy tucks may be a good choice for people who have lost a lot of weight and have excess, sagging skin as a result.
Extended tummy tucks may also be a good choice for women who have had multiple pregnancies that have overstretched the abdomen muscles.