4 Types of Tummy Tuck: Which Is Best for You?

An abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure designed to improve the stomach contours. Tummy tucks come in all sizes to meet your individual needs. Here is a closer look at four types of tummy tucks and what they can do for you.

1. Mini Tummy Tuck

The mini tummy tuck focuses on the lower abdomen and is suitable for patients with minor contouring needs. A mini tummy tuck can tighten the skin below the belly button and remove small amounts of excess tissue stored just above the pelvic region.

2. Traditional Tummy Tuck

A traditional tummy tuck treats both the upper and lower abdomen. In addition to tightening and smoothening the stomach skin both above and below the belly button, a traditional tummy tuck can remove excess fatty tissue as well as repair loose or broken abdominal muscles through an incision normally hidden below the bikini line.

3. Fleur de Lis

The fleur de lis tummy tuck is for patients with extremely redundant abdominal skin after massive weight loss or bariatric surgery. Often, candidates for the fleur de lis have an abdominal region that is wider than the hips. In a fleur de lis, excess skin and fatty tissue is removed and abdominal muscles can be repaired through a standard tummy tuck incision as well as a vertical incision in the center of the abdomen.

4. Belt Lipectomy

A belt lipectomy, also referred to as a lower body lift, uses an incision that circles the entire body below the belt line to lift the outer thighs and buttocks, improving lower body contours in addition to the benefits of a standard abdominoplasty. This procedure is most suitable for patients with generalized skin laxity or who have undergone significant weight loss.


Eyelid Surgery vs. BOTOX® for Crow’s Feet: Which Is Right for You?

shutterstock_64608157The development of crow’s feet commonly occurs with aging and is caused by the contraction of tiny muscles located near the eye. Habitual facial expressions over the years also can contribute to crow’s feet, including squinting, smiling and frowning. If you’re bothered by these tiny wrinkles at the outer corners of your eye, you may be considering either eyelid surgery or BOTOX®. Which is the best option for eliminating crow’s feet and reducing their recurrence?

How BOTOX® Works

A BOTOX® injection is a relatively quick procedure that essentially paralyzes the muscles that contract and cause crow’s feet (or other dynamic wrinkles) to form. At your appointment, your surgeon will inject the BOTOX® at specific points to prevent the muscle contractions responsible for deepening fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area.

How Eyelid Surgery Works

Eyelid surgery can be performed either on the upper or lower eyelids or both, and can reduce the amount of sagging skin in the eye area. During surgery, a small incision is made in the eyelid crease or along the lash line to remove excess skin, tighten the lids and restore a more youthful appearance. Eyelid surgery can fix droopy eyelids, but won’t improve existing crow’s feet or prevent future lines from developing.

A Combination Approach

Both BOTOX® and eyelid surgery have their limitations. By combining eyelid surgery and subsequent BOTOX® treatments, your surgeon oftentimes can reduce or eliminate crow’s feet as well as restore a refreshed, alert appearance throughout the eye area and help to ensure much longer-lasting results than either procedure performed on its own.