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It may not the right approach for you to do excessive amounts of sit-ups and crunches to lose a little extra bulge. Another option for you is a tummy tuck if you want to take a permanent and less difficult route to tighten your belly. Liposuction can also be coupled with a tummy tuck to help compliment your overall look. There are many reasons that you may choose one. You can work with a talented surgeon to help you achieve your beautification goals.

Which Tummy Tuck is Right For Me?

Also known as abdominoplasty, there are different types of tummy tucks. Figuring out which one suits your needs may require a doctor’s consultation. To find out which tummy tuck is the right one for you is through locating where excess skin is.

The Mini Tummy Tuck 

This is the option for you when you only have a small amount of fatty tissue or excess skin. It is a far less invasive procedure than the other tummy tuck surgeries. This is for fat found right below the belly button. You might choose this option if you have excess fat you just simply can’t get rid of. A small incision will be placed right above your pubic area to remove this fat. The scarring is a lot less than other abdominoplasty surgical procedures. Recovery time is a lot shorter and can range for up to a week or two. 

The Full Tummy Tuck

You can choose this approach if you have weak abdominal muscles in the stomach area and too much skin is collected around your navel. This helps you when you have too much fat around the belly button on all sides. This surgery is more invasive and requires an incision that is horizontal between the hipbones. Another incision will be placed around the belly button if necessary. The plastic surgeon will pull down the loose skin and cut off the excess you don’t need. This may help out with any flabby tissue that hangs after you have gone from being medically obese to in shape. You may find that liposuction is applied in this procedure as well. This is because you may choose to flatten your stomach some more so that it has a smoother appearance without all the additional cellulite. Sometimes the liposuction is used to help contour the fat for aesthetic purposes. The surgeon will reposition the belly button before they close up all of the incisions with sutures. The recovery period for this surgery is longer and can take around two weeks in total. 


The Extended Tummy Tuck

You may choose this type of tummy tuck because the full tummy tuck doesn’t cover all of your needs. Typically, this is if you have unwanted skin on not only your stomach but also your hips, lower back, and side. For this style of tummy tuck, the horizontal incision you would see in a full tummy tuck would be extended. This incision is stretched along the lower side of your belly. This incision then wraps around the hips. For the back, the surgeon may insert an additional vertical incision to reach other areas. For you to have all unwanted tissue removed, this larger area allows for the doctor to work across more of your body in a most efficient matter. Again, if you want additional fat removed so that you can have a smoother appearance across your entire torso, liposuction may be applied in this instance. Because this surgery is more invasive you may have a longer recovery period. It can take a few weeks for you to return back to your normal way of living. 


Learn More About Abdominoplasty

It may be new and different for you when you get started with a tummy tuck procedure. Our experienced surgeons can walk you through that path to help you make a sound decision and provide additional information about the tummy tuck recovery process. Contact Take Shape Plastic Surgery today for a free consultation. 

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