Mini Tummy Tuck or Full Tummy Tuck?
There are three main techniques used by surgeons performing tummy tucks, or abdominoplasty.
These can be seen all over the world, so whether you choose to have surgery in beautiful Phuket or at home in Australia, the same methods will be chosen.
Here’s a look at what they are.
This is performed using a small camera, or an endoscope, which is inserted, alongside other surgical instruments, into two or more small incisions.
The muscles of your tummy are tightened and sutured using the help of the endoscope. You can then have liposuction to remove the fat before the incision is closed.
This technique is particularly of use to those who have weakened muscles in the lower abdomen, excess abdominal fat but still maintain tight abdominal skin.
This procedure involves the removal of both excess skin and fat from the tummy and means the belly button will also need to be removed.
However, it does not touch the muscles of the tummy so is perfect for those with a higher level of skin laxity.
This is often performed on people who have lost a large amount of weight, such as through bariatric surgery or stomach stapling, and have been left with excess skin.
The most invasive form of tummy tuck on the market, a full abdominoplasty is used to help those with lax muscles as well as excess amounts of skin that needs to be excised.
If you opt for this surgery you will probably need to have a new navel, as the skin will be pulled down over your existing belly button.
The recovery time for this type of surgery is longer as it is more invasive. You may experience bruising and swelling because a large amount of tissue will need to be moved in order to arrange the proper correction.
You can view an animated version of whats involved in Abdominoplasty surgery on our 3D Animation Page Here