Types of Tummy Tucks
- Posted on: Apr 15 2018
Many of us have a pooch. Not the furry kind, but the kind that is the unwelcome aftermath of having children or from gaining and then losing a fair amount of weight. Where once was a flat and contoured stomach, there now exists a sagging pooch. And no matter how many crunches you do, it doesn’t show signs of leaving, kind of like that uncle from Amarillo who visits during the holidays!
You’d think that the skin and muscle would tighten back down. But when the skin and muscle in our stomach area have been stretched for a period they can’t return to their former degree of tautness. In most of these cases, in fact, the muscles have become separated.
A tummy tuck with Dr. Lipton can get rid of the pooch. Depending on your situation, Dr. Lipton has a few different options to address your unique needs.
Would a tummy tuck be good for me?
Tummy tucks are often the realm of women who’ve had a kid or two. They see their once slim contours as something less than that thanks to the changes wrought by pregnancy.
But, in reality, most people would benefit from at least some degree of a tummy tuck. Part of this is simple aging. As we age, the muscles and other tissue on our abdomen just aren’t as strong and tight as they were in our youth. If loose, sagging skin is your problem, a tummy tuck could be an excellent procedure for you.
Different types of tummy tucks
A tummy tuck is clinically known as “abdominoplasty.” Dr. Lipton uses one of three methods for these procedures.
- Full tummy tuck— A standard tummy tuck removes more skin and tissue. The incision is long, usually running from hipbone to hipbone just above the pubic area. This scar can be hidden beneath a bikini bottom or underwear. Once he has made the incision, Dr. Lipton separates the skin from the abdominal muscles, which he then pulls together and stitches into place for a narrower, contoured waist. Next, he takes the skin flap and stretches it downward over the newly tightened muscles. Excess skin is trimmed and the skin re-attached.
A standard tummy tuck often also includes a second incision at the navel area to address sagging skin above the navel. Dr. Lipton includes liposuction in many of these procedures to remove pockets of fat.
- Mini tummy tuck— A mini tummy tuck can be a great solution if the patient has less sagging skin, but still wants to eliminate a pooch that has developed. The mini tuck eliminates the second incision at the navel area. The focus of the procedure extends from the lower abdomen to the navel. The incision can also be shorter if the patient doesn’t need as much skin removed.
- Extended tummy tuck— If the patient has sagging beyond the abdomen, extending to the flanks and back, Dr. Lipton may use an extended procedure. Here, the incision will extend beyond the hipbone around the flanks and ending somewhere on the back.
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