Tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that tightens abdominal muscles and removes excess skin and fat in the mid-section caused by pregnancy, aging, weight fluctuation or heredity. It can change the contour of your stomach by restoring a firm, toned appearance that often can’t be achieved through diet and exercise alone.
Mini vs. Full Tummy Tuck
There are two basic types of tummy tucks: mini and full. If loose skin and muscle are confined to the lower abdomen, a mini tummy tuck may be all that is necessary. The advantage of a mini tuck is a shorter scar and easier recovery. In addition, it is usually not necessary to reposition the belly button with a mini tuck.
If muscle and skin are loose throughout the entire abdomen, then a full tummy tuck is ordinarily recommended. Although this necessitates a longer incision across the lower abdomen as well as an incision around the navel, it offers greater improvement than can be achieved with a mini tummy tuck alone.
Incisions and Scars
Generally, a horizontal incision is placed just within or above the pubic area. The length of the incision, which extends laterally toward the pelvic bones, depends largely on the amount of skin to be removed. The contour of this incision will vary somewhat according to the structure of your abdomen and the style of bathing suit or undergarments that you prefer, as we will try to keep the incision within your bathing suit lines.
You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history. This will include information about any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, pregnancies, previous surgeries and medications you currently take. We will examine your abdomen while you are standing as well as lying down and assess your skin tone and the degree of loose skin in your abdominal region. We will also evaluate the amount of excess fat in your abdomen and the condition of your abdominal muscles in order to determine the best course of action for your surgery. You can also review tummy tuck before and after photos of previous patients of Dr. McGee.