There are different types of tummy tuck incisions used by surgeons during Tummy tuck surgery.
The type of incision to be used Depend on the type of tummy tuck performed. This, however, is determined by an individual’s body anatomy and goals.
Whether you have loose or wrinkled skin, fat deposits below your abdomen, or suffer from diastasis, your condition can be addressed using tummy tuck.
The four common types of tummy tuck procedures include;
- The full tummy tuck
- Mini Tummy Tuck
- More extensive abdominal contouring e.g (flankplasty, belt lipectomy).
- The reverse Tummy Tuck
1. The full tummy tuck.
During this procedure, your surgeon uses a horizontally-oriented tummy tuck incision in the area between the pubic hairline and belly button.
The size and shape of the incision is determined by the amount of excess skin in your abdomen.
2. Mini Tummy Tuck
This procedure is the only one with the shortest tummy tuck incision. The incision extends a small area just above the pubic area.
It is great for individuals with a small amount of extra abdominal skin.
3. Extended Abdominoplasty
The extended abdominoplasty also referred as fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty is used to treat patients with excessive skin that extends to the flank area.
During this procedure, two incisions are made, one will be a horizontal tummy tuck incision that will run along the bikini line.
The second one will mid-line incision which will run vertically.
This will help remove the excess skin completely on the abdomen, chest, and back.
4. Lower Body Lift
During this procedure, an incision is made around your entire abdomen like a belt.
It is recommended for patients with a large amount of excess skin around their lower abdomen caused by excess weight loss.
5. Reverse Tummy Tuck
Reverse tummy tuck surgery is recommended for patients with a toned lower abdomen and residual excess skin on the upper abdomen.
A surgeon will create an incision on the bra line. This will help remove excess skin and fat from the upper torso.
It is recommended to consult with your surgeon on which type of tummy tuck incision will best suite your goals. This will help bring out the intended results.