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Types of Abdominoplasty: Are You A Candidate?

abdominoplasty

June 25, 2024

We’ve all heard of the tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). But did you know there are different types of tummy tucks that your surgeon will recommend based off your current figure and your desired result.

 

LIPOSUCTION (WITHOUT TUMMY TUCK)

GREAT CANDIDATES HAVE:

  • Slight to moderate amount of fat
  • Excellent skin tone
  • No wrinkles in skin
  • No loose skin when leaning over

 

MINI TUMMY TUCK

GREAT CANDIDATES HAVE:

Wrinkled or loose skin only over the CENTRAL PORTION of the abdomen

 

REGULAR TUMMY TUCK

GREAT CANDIDATES HAVE:

  • Wrinkled or loose skin over the abdomen and side areas /pelvic area
  • Small to moderate amount of fat at love handles
  • (vast majority of patients are candidates for this type)

 

EXTENDED TUMMY TUCK

GREAT CANDIDATES HAVE:

  • Significant weight loss – typically 50 pounds or more

This procedure includes an extended incision to the sides. It brings a higher likelyhood of revision surgery to ensure symmetry

 

Liposuction isn’t technically an abdominoplasty, one of the most common questions I get is whether a patient need a tummy tuck or if liposuction alone will suffice.

I always recommend consulting your surgeon to see whether you qualify for liposuction, abdominoplasty, or both!

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