A tummy tuck is often understood as a surgery that will help a person lose inches or weight. While this is certainly a result of the surgery, it should not be the underlying reason for it. A tummy tuck can benefit a woman who has had multiple pregnancies or anyone who has undergone extreme weight loss or simply has that one “problem area” where the skin simply won’t tighten.
Patients who are dealing with excess fat, but otherwise do not have sagging or excess skin are generally not candidates for tummy tuck surgery, but could benefit tremendously from liposuction.
During tummy tuck surgery, excess fat, tissue, and skin are removed, the muscles are tightened, and the remaining skin is repositioned to give the abdomen a flatter, more attractive contour. During your consultation with a reputable tummy tuck surgeon, he or she will evaluate the extent of your unique case and determine what category you fall under.
Tummy Tuck Categories:
Mini: Tightens the lower abdominal wall skin only (shortest scar)
Standard: Tightens all of the abdominal wall skin (standard or moderate scarring)
Extended: Extreme cases of excess skin and tissue. Tightens the abdomen and the flanks or sides (longest scar extending around the flanks onto lower back)