When you want to resculpt your body after major weight loss, it’s important to consider various options for body lift surgery. One staple of body contouring procedures is the tummy tuck. Also called an abdominoplasty, the tummy tuck will address sagging and excess skin and drooping in the lower abdominal region. At the Bergen County plastic surgery practice of Dr. Tzvi Small, we will assess your candidacy for tummy tuck surgery and determine the best treatment plan for your needs.
Since everybody is different in terms of their body contour and goals, there are different ways that a tummy tuck can be performed. These vary depending on the extent of contouring required. Let’s take a moment right now to go over the basic types of tummy tuck surgery and what they invovle.
The traditional Bergen County tummy tuck will involve three incisions. One incision is made around the belly button. Another incision is made from one hip bone to the other along the lower abdominal region. A final incision is made that connects the belly button incision to the hip bone incision. (Picture an anchor shape.) Through these incisions, excess fat and tissue is removed and the underlying structures are revised.
For not as extensive body contouring, there’s the mini tummy tuck. During a mini tummy tuck surgery, only one incision is usually required. This incision is made along the lower abdominal area and may span from hip bone to hip bone, but this is not always necessary. Through this incision alone, the contouring can be achieved.
For more extensive tummy tucks, you need the extended tummy tuck. This will invovle the same incisions used in the traditional tummy tuck but with a variation: rather than the lower abdominal incisions spanning from hip bone to hip bone, the incision extends along the sides to the back of the hip bones. This is used in major body contouring cases.
If you would like to find out which body sculpting surgeries are best for you and your needs, it’s important to contact Bergen County plastic surgeon Dr. Tzvi Small today.