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Getting a Tummy Tuck: Which Procedure to Choose?

Fotolia_43854264_Subscription_Monthly_LPost pregnancy, major weight loss, aging, and failed dieting. What do you think of when you hear those words? At our tummy tuck New York City and Long Island surgical centers, we think of abdominoplasty.

More commonly known as a tummy tuck or abdominalplasty, this procedure will remove all that excess fat and skin from your abdomen and tighten the stomach muscles, making the abdominal walls stronger.

Before you dive in and decide whether this is the right procedure for you, take a minute to read about the different kinds of abdominoplasty procedures we offer.

Full Tummy Tuck

This is the most common form of the procedure. It begins with an incision from one hip bone to the other and also around the navel, or belly button.

Once the surgeon has made the tummy tuck incision, the skin is detached from the abdominal wall, abdominal skin removal can take place, and the muscles are tightened with sutures before closing the area with stitches. Liposuction (tummy lipectomy) is often times used to reduce abdominal fat for best results overall.

What is Abdominoplasty?

Partial Abdominoplasty or Mini Tummy Tuck

Also referred to as a mini tummy tuck, this procedure leaves a smaller scar than the full tummy tuck and is generally for people with most of their unwanted fat and loose skin in the lower abdomen (below the navel). The excess skin is removed and the remaining skin is then stretched down and reattached to the body to create the new flat belly.

The Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Team can also perform a “scarless” form of this procedure in our tummy tuck Long Island or NYC centers by using liposuction alone, where appropriate.

Extended Abdominoplasty

This form of surgery includes the tummy tuck as well as going into the patients “love handles” and thighs. The overall aim of this technique is to create a more youthful look and to give an all-around tighter appearance. Excess skin is taken from the entire abdomen, hip and upper thigh area while also including liposuction at times. The scar from this type of surgery will extend into the back of the patients hips. Patients that are usually good candidates are those who have lost a great deal of weight, such as bariatric surgery patients.

High Lateral Tension Abdominoplasty

Along with a flatter abdomen, the results of this type of tummy tuck will have you seeing a more defined waist line. During this procedure, the vertical muscles in the abdomen are tightened just like in a normal tummy tuck but the horizontal muscles will be tightened as well. This is the newest form of abdominoplasty that produces striking results.

Circumferential Abdominoplasty

For someone who has gone through massive weight loss, a circumferential tummy tuck might be the right the way to go. It consists of an extended abdominoplasty plus a buttocks lift to remove excess skin around the full circumference of the body, including the back. This will give you a 360 degree new look! Patients that are usually good candidates are those who have lost a great deal of weight, such as bariatric surgery patients.

Ready to Choose? Call our Tummy Tuck Long Island Offices Today

While all of these types of tummy tucks can be singularly performed, it isn’t uncommon to combine them with other procedures such as a breast augmentation, liposuction contouring, or any other plastic surgery you want to have.

At our tummy tuck Long Island & NYC facilities, we are prepared to talk to you about each type of abdominoplasty procedure you wish to hear more about. Contact us for your free consultation today!

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