(Updated for 2019)
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 are 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.