Which Tummy Tuck is Right for Me?

If you have extra fat and loose skin in your abdominal area, you might think that all you need to do is exercise more and eat a healthy diet. However, this isn’t always enough. Some people, like those who have experienced pregnancy or weight loss, might be struggling with distended stomach muscles. These muscles aren’t returning to their original shape. This is where a tummy tuck might help.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck referred to as abdominoplasty, is a type of plastic surgery performed to extract excess skin and fat from your abdominal region. It provides your abdominal muscles with a toned, flat appearance. 

Reasons for a Tummy Tuck

Typically, abdominoplasty is performed on individuals who are overweight or obese. However, a plastic surgeon might also perform this procedure if you have fairly normal body weight but are also experiencing abdominal muscle sagging for various reasons, including:

  • Old age
  • Pregnancy
  • Experiencing substantial weight fluctuations
  • Have undergone a past abdominal surgical procedure
  • Have a hereditary condition

But, which tummy tuck is ideal for your particular situation? The type of tummy tuck you have will depend on your personal situation and why you require one. 

Not all people are good candidates for a tummy tuck. Those who are ideal candidates are in great physical health, don’t smoke, and have the main goal of enhancing their abdominal region appearance.

Types of Tummy Tucks

Some types of tummy tucks include:

1. Full Tummy Tuck

A full tummy tuck is also referred to as a standard or traditional tummy tuck. This type of tuck is ideal for healthy women and men with excess skin or weakened abdominal muscles around their midsections. It’s good for individuals who would like the area below or above their belly button flattened.

2. Extended Tummy Tuck

This is a more extensive “full tummy tuck” version, as the name suggests. It’s meant to address the problems women and men face when they’re generally of good health but are dealing with unwanted skin on their belly, the sides of their lower back, and their hips.

3. Mini-Tummy Tuck

If you’re dealing with a minimal amount of loose skin or a smaller belly “pooch” below your belly button, you might benefit from a mini-tummy tuck. There’s only a small incision required with this technique just above your pubic area.

The mini-tummy tuck provides a less invasive procedure and quicker recovery time. Typically, individuals who receive this type of tummy tuck are able to go back to their day-to-day routine faster than individuals who receive an extended or full abdominoplasty.

Each patient’s desires and needs are different. Therefore, not all patients will require the same type of abdominoplasty. After you consult with your plastic surgeon about your personal goals, they’ll provide you with a thorough examination. They’ll talk with you about the different treatment options available and let you know which tummy tuck procedure is best for your personal needs. Then, they’ll go over the results you can expect from the tummy tuck treatment plan chosen for you. 

To learn more about tummy tuck surgery, contact Rowe Plastic Surgery in Red Bank, New Jersey to schedule a consultation to determine if you are a candidate for the procedure. 

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