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Tummy Tuck Techniques

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There are a variety of different tummy tuck techniques that your doctor may recommend based on your unique circumstances. The different types of surgical procedures are available to meet the needs of different body shapes and sizes. Your doctor will recommend a particular type of tummy tuck after consulting with you about your goals and expectations.

What type of Tummy Tuck technique is right for you?

The right tummy tuck technique will depend on a number of factors from general health to your body shape and size. Tummy tucks are appropriate for both men and women and all procedures are used on both males and females. Most surgeons use methods that have the smallest-possible incisions and leave scars in places that will be covered by a regular bikini. Some techniques might be done with endoscopic surgery, creating several small incisions.

Tummy Tuck Techniques

Extended Tummy Tuck

An extended tummy tuck is most appropriate for overweight individuals who have fatty deposits on their thighs, hips, back, sides, and abdomen. It is a more costly and extensive surgery that requires a fairly significant recovery period. An extended tummy tuck is appropriate for individuals who are in relatively good health.

For the surgery, an initial incision is made that goes across the abdomen to the back of the patient's hips. A vertical incision is made from the sternum to the pubis, exposing the abdominal muscles and creating an anchor scar. The skin is separated from underlying tissue from the incision to the upper rib cage, and the umbilicus is separated from the navel skin. The skin flap is lifted to expose abdominal muscles, and the surgeon removes excess fat and may perform a liposuction procedure. The abdominal muscles are pulled and sutured into place, and excess skin is pulled down and removed. A new belly button is formed and attached to the umbilicus, and the incisions are sutured or closed with Steri-Strips Find out if extended tummy tuck is right for you.

Complete Tummy Tuck

A complete tummy tuck is a good choice for an individual with excess fat or skin that is localized to the abdomen and resists diet and exercise, and women that have gone through pregnancy may have loose abdominal muscles. Men or women who have lost a lot of weight may find that they have excess skin on the abdomen that has simply lost its elasticity. A complete tummy tuck can help fix this problem. It is a less extensive surgery than the extended tummy tuck. It is the most invasive, and it results in a lot of bruising, pain and swelling because of the removal or rearrangement of tissue. It also usually results in a newly-created navel because skin is pulled down and re-draped over your belly button. This technique is usually placed to be disguised by a bikini bottom.

For the surgery, skin and fat are loosened from the abdominal muscles up to the bottom of the rib cage. An incision is also made around the belly button and most if not all skin and fat below the navel is removed. The fascia and rectus abdominus muscles are tightened by folding the fascia along the abdomen centerline to bring separated muscles together. Skin above the navel is pulled down toward the pubic bone and sutured around the belly button. One or two fluid drains are placed below the incision to allow drainage for several days. The drained fluids usually depart through small incisions above the pubic bone.Read more on a complete tummy tuck.

Tumescent Tummy Tuck

A tumescent tummy tuck surgery (a form of liposuction) combines liposuction with surgical techniques to remove excess fat and skin around the abdomen. It is good for patients with good skin elasticity and irritating pockets of fat on your lower abdomen and around the navel. It offers a number of benefits from a reduced recovery time to reduced cost. The procedure allows doctors to use liposuction to remove excess fat while using either complete tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck techniques to tighten skin and abdominal muscles. Sometimes, tumescent tummy tuck surgery can be performed in an outpatient clinic, and patients can go home the same day.

For this procedure, one or several incisions are made on the abdomen. Tumescent fluid is injected into the abdomen, numbing the patient. A cannula is attached to a suction device and is inserted into the specific area through one of more of the incisions. The cannula is moved around to break up fat deposits before sucking them out.

For a complete tumescent tummy tuck, an incision is then made that spans the abdomen and extends to the front of the hips, and skin is separated from underlying tissue from the incision line to the upper rib cage. The resulting skin flap is lifted to remove remaining excess fat, and the glut of skin is pulled down and removed including the former belly button. A new belly button is created. Incisions are sutured or closed with Steri-Strips.

For a mini tummy tuck procedure, the liposuction is followed up by an incision above and beyond the pubic bone, with skin being separated to the navel. Lower abdominal muscles are exposed by lifting the skin flap for excess fat to be removed. In some cases, abdominal muscles are pulled tightly together and sutured into place, and excess skin is pulled down and removed. Incisions are sutured or closed with Steri-Strips.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck is similar to a complete tummy tuck but without the belly button incision. Patients can often have a mini-tummy tuck performed as an outpatient procedure and enjoy a diminished recovery period. It is most appropriate for individuals with excess skin or fat situated mostly below the belly button.

The mini tummy tuck incision that is made across the abdomen is also significantly shorter than the incision made for a complete tummy tuck procedure. The surgery does not leave a scar around the navel, as the partial tummy tuck leaves the belly button intact and only requires a small incision. Compare mini tummy tuck to other techniques.

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