Which Type of Tummy Tuck is Right for you?

Jul 1, 2021 | Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck surgery can be performed in several ways, all in the pursuit of the same outcome. Plastic surgeons may also use alternative options such as lipo to complete this treatment. For patients who are scheduled to undergo an abdominoplasty treatment, there are various techniques available on the table. This article provides some more insights on the different types of abdominoplasty available. 

1. Mini Tummy Tuck

Aside from the usual struggles we expect chubby people to undergo because of the excess skin and fats hanging from their belly, slender people face them too. A mini tummy tuck is an abdominal restoration surgery meant for slender people, particularly those with a stubborn pooch difficult to eliminate through exercising, and dieting. It evens the bulge in the lower belly as it focuses on the mid-section of the belly button, and the mons pubis. Mini tummy tuck is done through a small, horizontal incision made in between the hip bones after which, the surgeon is able to tighten the muscles and tissues lying underneath. At the same time, he cuts off excess skin that remains to bring in a more youthful appearance. The areas incised leave a small scar which can be covered by a bikini bottom.

If the surgeon considers it necessary, excess fats can be eliminated through liposuction technique. Because this surgery uses a smaller incision compared to full tummy tuck surgery, the belly button remains intact. Recovery takes a shorter period than full tummy tuck, and a person is able to resume their daily activities within a week’s time, or less.

2. Full Tummy Tuck

Full tummy tuck surgery works for both men and women with too much skin and fat in the abdominal section to eliminate. It is functional on both upper and lower areas of the abdomen as it is able to tighten weakened abdominal muscles in all areas. Otherwise referred to as a standard or traditional tummy tuck surgery, it is performed through a horizontal incision made in the middle of the hip bones, and another one made around the belly button. During surgery, the surgeon tightens the abdominal muscles beneath, pulls the skin over the stomach for a tighter look, and eliminates excess skin and fats that formed the pooch. Similar to mini tummy tuck, liposuction technique can apply for a much more amazing outcome. Because full tummy tuck surgery involves a bigger incision site, the surgeon would have to reposition the belly button. Recovery period lasts about two weeks, or more before one can resume their normal activities.

3. Extended Tummy Tuck

An extended tummy tuck involves more invasive incisions compared to full tummy tuck. It is the solution to men and women with excess fats and skin in the abdomen, hips, and on the lower back sides. Extended tummy tuck surgery is done through a horizontal incision made between the hip bones which is stretched across the lower belly, and around the hips. At some point, a vertical incision may be required. These incisions are important since they give the surgeon a wider scope of treatment for beautiful results to be obtained. Here, liposuction technique is commonly used to reshape and remove excess fats. Because it uses a wider incision, the belly button is repositioned before the incision is stitched. Recovery period takes a longer time, which can go to months.

4. Reverse Tummy Tuck

Reverse tummy tuck is suitable for individuals with a lot of skin and fats on the upper abdomen, but have a balanced lower abdomen. In simple terms, it specifically majors on the upper abdominal region. During this surgery, the surgeon makes an incision along the bra line. This enables him to get rid of the excess skin and fats found in the upper abdomen which are repositioned in the breasts. This is why in most cases, you find that a breast lift surgery is performed in conjunction with reverse tummy tuck. Recovery takes weeks and the incision sites can be covered using a bra, or a bikini.

5. Non-Surgical Tummy Tuck

This is a surgery that is purposefully meant for patients with little, or less amount of skin and fat to eliminate. It is performed through a lift effect that can last for a longer period of time if well cared for. Non-surgical tummy tuck can be a suitable option for individuals with fear of surgical procedures which are invasive. However, it is only recommended to patients with very small amounts of fat and skin. ]


By the time you are through reading this article, you should have understood the various types of tummy tuck surgeries there are. After having this knowledge, it is important to understand and find the best type that would perfectly work for you.