The tummy tuck is a very popular procedure, and one that most patients find extremely rewarding due to the dramatic impact it has on appearance. When I perform tummy tuck in Dallas, I modify the procedure to provide the greatest benefit to each individual patient. Options to fit the patient’s particular needs include:
- Full tummy tuck: This type of abdominoplasty is ideal for patients who need their abdominal muscles repaired, excess skin removed and fat deposits in the upper abdomen and flanks reduced. When performing a full tummy tuck, I extract the skin spanning from the pubic bone to above the navel. I then rejuvenate the navel, returning it to its original location.
- Belt lipectomy: Also known as a circumferential tummy tuck, this version addresses the lax muscles and excess skin and fat in the hips, waist and abdomen. This is for patients whose issues extend beyond the abdomen and around to the flanks or upper hips. The procedure often results in a lift to the outer thighs and buttocks as well.
- Mini tummy tuck: Patients who only have skin laxity in the lower abdominal area may benefit most from this version of abdominoplasty. Scarring is minimal, and the navel remains intact. A mini tummy tuck only addresses muscle laxity below the navel, whereas a full tummy tuck or belt lipectomy repairs the muscles from the sternum to the pubis.
- Umbilical float: A variation of the mini tummy tuck is suited for patients with a navel that is positioned high and who have laxity above the umbilicus (navel). In this procedure the incision is low, the navel is released and moved down (no scars remains around the navel) and the muscles are tightened as needed.
An experienced board-certified plastic surgeon can help you determine which version of the abdominoplasty procedure will best serve your needs.