The tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to remove excess loose skin specifically on the abdomen. While tummy tucks are generally thought to only be performed on women who seek to reshape their abdomen after giving birth, the fact is that there are three different types of tummy tucks that are performed on both men and women every year. Depending on the existing condition of your body as well as desired expectations from the surgery, a plastic surgeon can and will be able to help you determine which procedure is right for you.
The mini tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure designed to remove a minimal amount of excess fat and skin. In doing so, not only is a smaller portion of the skin is removed, but the incision is small as well. Due to the fact that the mini tummy tuck is ideally designed for those individuals with only a small amount of stubborn belly fat that they cannot seem to lose via diet and exercise, the recovery time is generally less than a week.
The standard tummy tuck is designed to remove excess fat and skin from a slightly larger incision than the mini tummy tuck. Although the standard tummy tuck procedure is also ideal for individuals in good health, it is specifically beneficial to those who have a lost a great deal of weight and struggle with excess skin. Due to the fact that this procedure is more intensive than the mini tummy tuck, involving belly button reshaping and a larger portion of skin is removed, the recovery process can take 2-4 weeks.
The most extensive form of tummy tuck is the extended. In doing so, excess fat is not only removed from the abdomen, but also from the lower back and hips. Because the extended tummy tuck is more invasive, requiring essentially liposuction in addition to the standard tummy tuck procedures, it is to be expected that the recovery process lasts about a month.
To learn more about the types of tummy tuck, patients should consult their nearest plastic surgeon.