You know you’re in need of a tummy tuck, but hold on — there’s four different types!?
Many patients are surprised to hear this when they come in for a Beverly Hills tummy tuck consultation. Their impression is usually that there’s a one-size-fits approach when it comes to this procedure, but — as with many things in life — it’s more complicated than that.
Generally speaking, tummy tucks can be broken down into four types:
- Standard tummy tuck (also called a full tummy tuck)
- Mini tummy tuck
- Extended tummy tuck
- Fleur-de-lis tummy tuck
What all four types of tummy tucks have in common is that they all reduce loose, excess skin on the abdomen. A given patient may qualify for any one of these procedures. When Dr. Lahar is determining which procedure will be best for you, the main factors he’ll consider are:
- The patient’s overall anatomy
- The patient’s height
- How much loose skin is present
- Where the loose skin is primarily located
- The location of the navel
- Whether fat needs to be removed as well
- The quality of the patient’s skin
- The state of the underlying abdominal muscles
- Whether scarring from previous surgeries is a factor
Let’s take a look at each of the four types of tummy tuck procedures in more detail.
The 4 Types of Tummy Tucks
1. Standard Tummy Tuck
Standard tummy tucks require two incisions. One incision is made around the belly button to essentially cut the skin away from the navel. However, the navel itself will remain attached to the muscle below.
The other incision is made from hip to hip on the lower abdomen. This incision will heal as a more noticeable scar (compared to the belly button incision, which can be hidden within the navel). However, you won’t be able to see the hip-to-hip scar under most clothing. It is even easily concealed under most underwear and bikini bottoms.
After the incisions are made, the abdominal skin is pulled down. The navel is repositioned (a new hole for the belly button is made), and the abdominal muscles are tightened. Finally, the extra skin is removed, and the incision at the hip line is carefully closed.
2. Mini Tummy Tuck
The mini tummy tuck is not frequently performed. This procedure is much the same as a standard tummy tuck, but it only amends excess skin below the navel. Therefore, a belly button incision does not need to be made, and the belly button is not repositioned.
3. Extended Tummy Tuck
The extended tummy tuck also requires two incisions (the same as the standard tummy tuck). However, the lower abdominal incision extends around the hips and the lower back. This larger incision allows your surgeon to remove more skin. Therefore, it’s a procedure that is generally reserved for patients who have lost a particularly large amount of weight.
4. Fleur-de-Lis Tummy Tuck
Lastly, the fleur-de-lis tummy tuck necessitates the biggest number of incisions – three.
There are the two main incisions (one around the belly button and one made laterally on the lower abdomen). Then, there is a third incision made from the belly button down to the lower incision. The addition of this third incision allows the surgeon to remove more skin – especially when the patient has an abdomen that is wider than their hips.
Unfortunately, the center incision (down the center of the abdomen) is more difficult to hide. Still, with proper care, it will be far less noticeable over time.
What Makes a Good Candidate for a Beverly Hills Tummy Tuck?
The ideal tummy tuck candidate is someone who struggles with excess skin on their stomach. The accumulation of small amounts of stubborn excess fat is okay too as this can be removed with liposuction. Weak abdominal muscles are another common marker of individuals who are in need of a tummy tuck. All of these issues can be remedied with the procedure.
Another requirement for tummy tuck candidates is being in good overall physical health. Patients need to be in a healthy weight range for their age, sex, and build. No serious illnesses or medical conditions should be present as these may reduce the patient’s ability to heal properly or endure surgery safely.
Lastly, it’s important that patients be non-smokers. If a patient does smoke, they’ll need to stop for several weeks prior to surgery and continue refraining for several weeks after. Smoking hinders the body’s natural ability to heal and may make complications more likely.
FAQ: Tummy Tucks
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
Most full or standard tummy tucks cost around $7,000 to $10,000 or more, but this amount can vary widely depending on your unique situation. Patients who opt for a tummy tuck as part of their Beverly Hills mommy makeover, for example, will ultimately pay more for this combination procedure.
When will I see results after a tummy tuck?
It may be up to six months or a year before you are able to see the final results from your tummy tuck. Residual swelling can take a long time to completely dissipate.
How long does a tummy tuck take to heal?
Most tummy tuck incisions will be fully healed within six weeks’ time. You should also be able to return to moderate exercise and other regular activities around this time. You may need to continue wearing your compression garment even after the six week mark, however. Speak with your surgeon to know for sure.
Which Tummy Tuck Procedure Is Right for You?
When deciding on the right tummy tuck procedure for your anatomy and cosmetic goals, patients are sometimes overwhelmed by their options. This is why it’s a good idea to sit down with a qualified plastic surgeon to discuss what’s available in detail and to get a clear picture of what will work best for you.
To learn more about the types of tummy tuck procedures in the Beverly Hills area, contact Lahar Plastic Surgery today. Also, be sure to take a look at our tummy tuck before and after photos.
Dr. Nicholas Lahar has extensive experience performing tummy tucks and would be happy to help you find the exact procedure for your goals.