What are the types of tummy tucks?
Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Balinger performs several tummy tuck techniques, with the approach chosen to match the individual’s condition.
Full tummy tuck
Also referred to as a complete tummy tuck, this surgical procedure is performed to recontour the abdominal area from hip bone to hip bone. It includes recontouring the skin, removing excess fat, and strengthening weakened muscle to create a tauter, firmer appearance to the abdomen. A full tummy tuck usually involves repositioning the belly button. During recovery, you may need drainage tubes for a few days after the procedure.
Extended tummy tuck
An extended tummy tuck is the most extensive tummy tuck surgery, appropriate for individuals who have a large quantity of loose, hanging skin. This approach may be required for people who are undergoing a tummy tuck after significant weight loss. The entire abdominal area is recontoured, reaching all the way to the hips. This approach leaves a longer scar when compared to the other types of tummy tuck surgery.
Mini tummy tuck
This is the least intensive type of tummy tuck, also called a “partial abdominoplasty.” This procedure may be most appropriate for those with stubborn fat deposits below the navel. A mini tummy tuck takes less than two hours to complete and does not include repositioning the belly button.
Which Type of Tummy Tuck Should I Get?
Dr. Christopher Balinger is uniquely trained to recommend the best type of tummy tuck for you. He can evaluate your individual condition, speak with you about the pros and cons of each procedure, and advise you of the surgery that will produce the best result for you. See our article for more information on a traditional tummy tuck vs a mini tummy tuck.