Types of Tummy Tuck


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Each patient who visits us for abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, in Scottsdale or Phoenix is unique. Age, body type, and desired goals require that many different types of tummy tuck procedures be available to meet the individual needs of each patient. The plastic surgeons at Advanced Aesthetic Associates have the knowledge, skill, and experience to provide each patient with an individualized procedure to suit their body and meet their goals.

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Endoscopic Tummy Tuck

The endoscopic tummy tuck is designed for patients who need muscle tightening but do not have skin and soft-tissue laxity and therefore do not require tissue to be removed. The benefit of the endoscopic tummy tuck procedure is that it can be performed without any visible scars. One small incision is made inside the belly button and another in the hair-bearing part of the pubic area. With the use of tiny cameras and special surgical equipment, the surgeon tightens the muscles, allowing the profile of the abdomen to be flatter with improved contour. We often perform liposuction together with the endoscopic tummy tuck.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck is ideal for patients who have only a moderate amount of excess abdominal skin and soft-tissue located primarily below the belly button. The mini tummy tuck procedure requires a smaller incision, so the final scar is shorter than with a traditional or full tummy tuck procedure. The belly button is also left intact without any scars present in that area. Muscle tightening and liposuction can still be performed, if needed, and additional procedures to enhance the body such as breast augmentation can also be chosen.

Full Tummy Tuck

The most frequently performed tummy tuck procedure is the full tummy tuck. Most patients that request abdominal contouring or a tummy tuck are best served by the full tummy tuck. Using this technique, the surgeon can:

  • Remove all of the excess skin and soft-tissue laxity
  • Tighten the abdominal muscles
  • Rejuvenate the belly button
  • Improve the contour and profile of the abdomen

The incision is usually longer than with a mini tummy tuck, often spanning from one hip bone to the other. Liposuction is frequently performed at the same time to contour and blend in the shape and profile of the flanks and hips.

Extended Tummy Tuck

Patients who have a significant amount of abdominal skin and soft-tissue laxity are often better served by either an extended tummy tuck or a circumferential tummy tuck. The extended tummy tuck is simply a full tummy tuck with a longer incision. The longer incision, which by definition goes beyond the hip bones, is needed to remove the significant amount of skin and soft-tissue laxity without creating excess folds of tissue at the ends of the incision. Many of these patients would also be good candidates for a circumferential tummy tuck — also known as a body lift. However, for various reasons patients that choose not to have a circumferential tummy tuck can still be well served by the extended abdominoplasty.

Reverse Tummy Tuck

The reverse tummy tuck is a unique procedure designed to help remove abdominal skin and soft-tissue laxity that is primarily located above the belly button. While the majority of the patients who present for abdominal contouring and tummy tuck have abdominal skin and soft-tissue laxity that is located primarily below the belly button, a small number of patients have the complete opposite. The reverse tummy tuck allows removal of this excess skin and soft tissue above the belly button, placing the final scar at the level of the breast fold. Muscle tightening, liposuction, as well as various breast procedures such as breast lift and breast reduction can be performed in conjunction with the reverse tummy tuck because the final scar is placed at the level of the breast fold.

Circumferential Tummy Tuck/Body Lift

Patients who have significant skin and soft-tissue laxity of the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks are best served by a body lift, also called a circumferential tummy tuck. It involves removing excess skin and soft tissue from the abdomen, the hips, and the upper part of the buttocks. Muscle tightening, liposuction, and buttocks rejuvenation can all be performed at the same time. The end result of this powerful procedure is a slimmer, flatter tummy, smoother hips and thighs, and lifted and rejuvenated buttocks.

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