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What are the different types of Tummy Tuck procedures?

By: Dr. Brundage, MD

It is my feeling there are 4 standard types of Tummy Tucks. The least common would be a mini tummy tuck. This entails working mostly on lower abdomen and only tightening the muscles from the belly button down. The most common tummy tuck procedure we perform is a regular (standard) tummy tuck. This tightens the abdominal muscles from the ribs all the way down to the pubis. The skin is released up to the ribs, and the we are able to remove most all of the lower abdominal skin. When a regular tummy tuck has the lower incision “extended” out very laterally (to hip area) it is usually called an extended tummy tuck. The need for this extended incision is mainly dependent on the patient’s natural anatomy. Lastly, if there is loose skin on someone’s back side which is removed, then this is a circumferential tummy tuck. This would be in the “body lift” category, and is typically performed on a patient that has experienced massive weight loss. The best way to determine what type of Tummy Tuck procedure might be right for you is to consult with a board certified physician. Make sure to communicate what you hope to see, and what concerns you the most about your tummy. For more information on Tummy Tuck procedures and which procedure might be right for you, please contact us at 616.454.1256.

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