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Have you tried to get rid of your bulging tummy with exercise? Have you spent hours doing sit-ups and your tummy still sticks out? Have you lost a significant amount of weight, and now you have miles of excess skin? Does your tummy lie over your lap when you sit down? If the answer is yes, you are not alone. If you don’t have the firm abdomen that you would like to have, you might benefit from an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).
Types of tummy tucks
There are different types of tummy tucks. There is the mini, extended and full tummy tuck. The following paragraphs will describe the 3 different types of tummy tucks.
Mini tummy tuck – The mini tummy tuck is the least invasive. The surgeon makes an incision just above the pubis. Excess skin is removed and the muscles in the abdominal wall are tightened and the fat in the area is liposuctioned. The mini tummy tuck is a good surgical option for someone who has a loose tummy in the area between the belly button and the pubic area. This is the least invasive of the tummy tucks, and is also the least expensive.
Extended tummy tuck – The extended tummy tuck removes the fat from the hip area. If you have a flabby abdomen and “love handles,” the extended tummy tuck will address those areas. The person who has the extended tummy tuck will have a larger scar than someone who has the mini tummy tuck.
Full tummy tuck – The full tummy tuck is the most invasive type of abdominoplasty. Two incisions are necessary for the full tummy tuck. An incision is made at the belly button and at the area just above the pubic area. Fat is removed from under the belly button and the whole abdomen is made flat. The muscles of the abdominal wall are tightened and the excess skin is removed.
Who should have a tummy tuck?
Almost everyone wants to look healthy and attractive. Who doesn’t want to look good in the clothes they wear? Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck? If you have lots of weight to lose, you should not consider a tummy tuck.
A tummy tuck is ideal for people who are at or near a healthy weight. The procedure is recommended for people who have bagging skin on their tummy and a little excess fat on their hips.
A tummy tuck is not done as a surgical treatment for weight loss. The goal of the surgery is to firm up and contour your abdominal area.
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People who elect to have a tummy tuck should be in fairly good health. Women who want to have children should wait until they are done having them before they have a tummy tuck. If a tummy tuck was done on a woman and then she got pregnant after the surgery, the tummy would sag again from the muscles being stretched out of place. Women and men who would like to have a flatter tummy should consult with their physicians to see if they are good candidates.