Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), Which One Is Right for You?

Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a procedure that continues to grow in popularity. Patients could be a candidate for a tummy tuck based on a number of reasons, but the most common are childbirth or excessive weight gain and subsequent weight loss. The term tummy tuck in general applies to an incision made low in the abdomen and the abdominal skin surgically tightened. Dr. Seify explains to patients that there are different types of tummy tuck and patients should be sure they are a candidate for the right procedure in order to achieve the best results.

Tummy Tuck; Must Be the Right Candidate

Some patients who are relatively thin believe that they should be a candidate for a mini tummy tuck. Often they will tell Dr. Seify that they do not “weigh very much” or have, ” that much loose skin.” Dr. Seify explains that the amount of skin on the abdomen is only part of the equation. Patients must also consider how the loose skin extends on the abdomen. This means if there is loose skin across the entire front of the abdomen, as well as loose skin above the belly button, even a patient who does not weigh very much may not be a candidate for a mini tummy tuck. Typically a mini tummy tuck candidate has very little loose and lax skin above the belly button and Dr. Seify is likely to use liposuction to treat the thickness in the abdomen and the mini tummy tuck will correct small amount of loose skin. Usually the stomach muscles are not tightened for patients who are candidates for a mini tummy tuck.

Tummy Tuck at Newport Plastic Surgery

A full tummy tuck or classic tummy tuck incorporates the skin both on the upper abdomen as well as lower abdomen and Dr. Seify will also tighten the abdominal muscles which for many patients were stretched during childbirth. The full tummy tuck is less likely to have extensive liposuction performed in the upper abdomen because it is important to maintain sufficient blood supply. Most patients are candidates for a full tummy tuck. It is important for patients to understand that a mini tummy tuck is limited and patients who choose a mini tummy tuck when a full tummy tuck is a better recommendation are likely to be unhappy with the results. Dr. Seify invites patients to schedule a consultation to determine which tummy tuck procedure is right for them.

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