Our bodies often don’t respond to diet, exercise and dramatic weight loss in the way we like. And the abdominal region is particularly vulnerable to pregnancy, childbirth and other stresses that put a lot of strain on your muscles and skin.
At Aspira Plastic Surgery, we have a range of body procedures that are targeted at specific concerns and treatment areas. When it comes to your abdominal region, the tummy tuck is ideal for toning and tightening the region.
The tummy tuck procedure is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the world. It’s popular with both men and women and can help provide you with a sleeker, more attractive abdominal region.
Variations on the Tummy Tuck
Everyone wants an attractive, toned abdominal region. But that can be difficult- even healthy, in-shape people struggle with excess fat, flabby skin and loose abdominal muscles.
There are a few different tummy tuck procedures, but they are designed to address those concerns- they remove excess fat and skin and tighten loose abdominal muscles. The tummy tuck is a great option for women who have suffered from stretching and distension during pregnancy, but they’re also great at helping patients who lost a great deal of weight in recent months.
There are three variations on the tummy tuck procedure we’ll discuss here:
- Traditional tummy tuck: In a traditional, “full” tummy tuck, Dr. Erella will make an inconspicuous incision along your hipline, then another around the belly button. Using these incisions, our plastic surgeon removes flabby skin and stubborn deposits of fat, then tightens the abdominal wall.
- Mini-tummy tuck: As implied by its name, the mini-tummy tuck is a less extensive procedure. It’s generally the best option if your primary goal is to tighten loose muscles in the lower (sub-belly button) abdominal region. The procedure requires less recovery time, but does not remove as much excess skin as the traditional procedure.
- Extended tummy tuck: With an extended tummy tuck, the incision is extended by about three inches. This enables us to remove a larger amount of excess skin, and the incision can be re-used later if needed.
It’s important to remember that the tummy tuck procedure is extensive plastic surgery. The procedure is quite safe, but it should only be performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. You will have to prepare to take some time off work for your tummy tuck recovery – most patients miss about two weeks of work after a fully tummy tuck, though your recovery time will depend on your specific circumstances.