Traditional Tummy Tuck vs. Mini or Extended Tummy Tuck
When it comes to any sort of Plastic or Cosmetic Surgery, every person’s needs will be different. This means that what one person needs for a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) with skin reduction may be substantially different to what another person needs. Everyone’s body is different, everyone’s skin is unique, and despite post-weight loss individuals may have excess rolls of skin, their own abdominal area reshaping goals.
Some people might be able to best contour their abdomen using a mini tummy tuck or a standard (traditional) tummy tuck procedure. Others may need a more extensive Abdominoplasty surgery, such as an extended Tummy Tuck, a Belt Lipectomy or a Fleur De Lys Abdominoplasty.
It all really depends on how your body looks after you lose your weight and reach a stable weight.
Decisions relating to WHICH type of Abdominoplasty Surgery approach will suit you best often involves the following factors.
- how loose your excess skin is (a factor of skin dimensions as well as elasticity or collagen levels)
- where your redundant skin has accumulated on your torso or your hip area
- whether or not you have any conditions that would prohibit a particular surgical approach
Before you see your Surgeon, take a look in the mirror:
- Is your skin overstretched in just the front or is there redundant skin and excess fat stores around your entire abdomen, hips and back area as well?
- How does your front abdominal area sit in relation to the rest of your torso (is your abdomen quite heavy from the pubic area all the way to the breast area (vertically), or more in the lower abdomen area only (horizontally) or both?
- Does your skin still have good elasticity and collagen strength (has it shrunk a lot to match your new body frame as you released your excess weight)?
- Are you currently at a stable weight that you feel you can readily maintain over the longer term?
- Is your posture impacted by the distribution of body fat on your body?
- Are you able to adapt to a lifestyle of good nutrition and exercise that will allow you to maintain the results of a Tummy Tuck surgery?
WHAT type of Tummy Tuck Surgery will get you the best results for body contouring?
Asking yourself these questions may help you self-assess where your problem abdominal areas are in relation to redundant skin or fat in your abdominal area. Yet only a Plastic Surgeon can fully assess your body – during a confidential consultation – to determine WHAT type of Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty Surgery procedure will get YOU the best possible results for post-weight loss body contouring.
Lower Body Lift Surgery for Post Weight Loss Contouring is usually an Abdominoplasty or Belt Lipectomy or Fleur De Lys procedure
For many patients, reshaping the abdominal area involves a combination of procedures. Many surgeries also help reduce the excess skin or fatty areas of the lower abdomen or pubic area. The inner thighs may also need to be addressed with a thigh reduction or “thigh lift” if there is significant chaffing or recurring skin infections.
Common Tummy Tuck surgery approaches for post-gastric bypass or gastric sleeve patients
- Extended Abdominoplasty / Tummy Tuck
- Belt Lipectomy / Circumferential Abdominoplasty
- Fleur De Lys Abdominoplasty / Fluer De Lis Tummy Tuck
Most of the above surgeries are combined with liposuction fat removal as part of the reshaping or contouring process.
It all depends, of course, on YOUR body and where the redundant skin sits in relation to your belly, hips and torso.
Every patient is unique and healing, scars, and individual contouring results can vary significantly
There are NO cookie-cutter surgeries when it comes to Plastic Surgery by a qualified Plastic Surgeon, who adapts each procedure – from planning to incisions to sutures to post-op care – to the specific needs of each individual patient.
The uniqueness of each and every surgical procedure is particularly important to understand when it comes to Body Contouring and body reshaping surgery after massive weight loss.
The amount of surgical work including liposuction could be quite minimal for some patients who have lost weight and have a ‘tummy pouch’ they want surgically adjusted to get a flatter, tighter belly area. In other situations, the amount and complexity of the Surgeon’s work for a body contouring surgery can be quite substantial. Surgery can range from about 1.5 hours to over 4 hours, sometimes even longer, depending on the procedures being combined.
It’s crucial that your Plastic Surgeon customises your surgery to meet YOUR individual needs, but for general information about the types of Tummy Tucks available to patients, send an enquiry today so you can read up on the procedure before you have a one-one consultation with a qualified Australian Plastic Surgeon.
As with all Plastic Surgery procedures, there is NO one method for performing a Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty.
Generally, one could categorise popular Tummy Tuck options according to the extent of the surgical work and surgery time required, including incisions and fat removal processes.
This has often been done in terms of classifying Abdominoplasty procedures as follows:
- Mini Tummy Tuck
- Traditional Abdominoplasty
- Extended tummy tuck
- Belt Lipectomy
- Fleur De Lis or Fleur De Lys Abdominoplasty
Let’s briefly discuss what makes each of these surgeries unique from the surgical point of view as well as healing time and scarring.
Traditional Tummy Tuck (Full Abdominoplasty)
- During a traditional tummy tuck, an incision is made that spans from one hipbone to the other along the lower abdomen.
- An additional incision is made around the belly button, and a final incision is made that connects the belly button incision to the incision made along the lower abdomen.
- It’s through these incisions that excess fat and tissue are removed and underlying structures are revised.
- A Traditional Abdominoplasty done properly will also include repair of underlying abdominal muscles, which are often torn or damaged during pregnancy or significant weight gain or other body-traumas
Compare a Full Tummy Tuck to a MINI Tummy Tuck Surgical Procedure
- With mini tummy tucks and extended tummy tucks, the incision methods will differ from a full tummy tuck.
- During a mini tummy tuck, an abdominal incision is made along the lower abdomen but the incision will not necessarily span from one hipbone to the other hipbone – and it may, in fact, be just a few inches/centimetres long.
- For a Mini Tummy Tuck, the naval isn’t readjusted – so there will be NO belly button incision required for a mini tummy tuck but there is for a Traditional Tummy Tuck.
- For a mini tummy tuck, the surgical adjustments will be made through this small incision.
Extended Tummy Tuck vs Traditional or Mini Tummy Tuck
During an extended tummy tuck, the same incisions are made as your Plastic Surgeon would create in a traditional tummy tuck. The incision along your lower abdomen, however, would be a little larger or longer in size/proportions. Rather than spanning from your hipbone to your other hipbone, these incisions would extend ALONG the sides of your hips and possibly around your back.
Image source: Mr Richard Maxwell, Melbourne Plastic Surgeon
For more information about the different types of tummy tuck procedures (Abdominoplasty surgeries) send an enquiry form today.