Tummy tucks come in a variety of forms. What procedure is best suited for you will depend on your anatomy. Tummy Tuck is a major surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall.
The procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen. Tummy Tuck normally takes from 2 to 4 hours to perform but that depends on whether you are getting complete or partial tummy tuck.
Partial Tummy Tuck is reserved for those who have only limited amount of loose skin or stretch marks in the lower abdomen, or above the pubic bone. Also, partial tummy tuck does not usually involve tightening of abdominal muscles therefore; it is sometimes combined with liposuction for patients with excessive fat but limited looseness of the abdomen.
Complete Tummy Tuck is for those patients who require the most correction. The incision will be made low on the abdomen, at about the same level as your pubic hair, and usually extends from hipbone to hipbone. Your surgeon will then manipulate and contour the skin and muscle as needed. You will have an incision around your belly button if you undergo this procedure, because it’s necessary to free your navel from surrounding tissue. Drainage tubes may be placed under your skin; these will be removed in a few days as your surgeon sees fit.
Circumferential Tummy Tuck includes the back region. When there is much excess fat in the back as well as the abdomen, you may have either liposuction of the back region or circumferential tummy tuck. The latter procedure allows for the removal of both skin and fat from the hip and back region as well, which improves the contour of your body three dimensionally.
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