If you think that all tummy tucks are created equal, think again: the range of abdominoplasty options offered by 8 West Cosmetic Surgery means there’s a procedure that’s perfectly suited to meet your needs and goals (in other words, your dreams of a flat stomach are just a free pre-consultation away):
The “smallest” option on the menu, a mini tummy tuck removes a smaller portion of skin and involves the tiniest incision of the bunch. Best for patients who possess a “mini” amount of stubborn belly fat (the kind that resists your best diet and exercise efforts), this “smaller-scale” surgery boasts the least likelihood of a navel repositioning and the shortest recovery time (with proper rest and post-op care, you could be back to some daily activities in just a week). So, if you’re generally fit and healthy and simply wish to get rid of that “pouch” of skin that’s hampering your otherwise slender physique, a mini tummy tuck may be for you.
Also called a “standard” tummy tuck, this procedure is ideal for patients who are in good physical health but have a sizable portion of loose skin to remove from their midsection (usually as a result of significant weight loss). It’s also a great option for women who, post pregnancy, possess excess flab and/or weak ab muscles (you may even wish to opt for our Mommy Makeover procedure, which adds a breast augmentation or lift to your tummy tuck). A traditional tuck involves a slightly larger surgical incision running from hip to hip, minor liposuction to assist with fat removal and a tightening of the abdominal muscles. Due to the larger portion of skin removed, the belly button must be correctly repositioned as one of the last steps of a traditional tummy tuck, and downtime is longer than with a mini abdominoplasty – often up to four weeks.
If you have lost a massive amount of weight and have a greater amount of loose, sagging skin on your abdomen, hips and the sides of your lower back, plus unwanted fat to go along with it, an extended tummy tuck is likely the most appropriate choice for you. In this procedure, a long incision is made in the abdominal area that reaches around the hips to the lower back; liposuction will likely factor in, as well, to remove excess fat cells and drain extra fluids, as will a repositioning of the belly button to correspond with your new shape. Recovery time for extended tummy tuck surgery is, predictably, longer than that associated with the options above.
A board-certified surgeon at 8 West Cosmetic Surgery can help determine what type of tummy tuck is right for you. Book your free consult today!