If you’ve ever wanted a leaner, tighter torso, you’re on the right track if you’re thinking about a tummy tuck. But do you know which type of tummy tuck will get you the results you want?
The good news is that there are several options for tummy tucks, or abdominoplasty, to help you get a better shape. I like to use these variations on the procedure to tailor a plan that’s fitting for your body.
To help you understand the options, we’re sharing some of the most common aesthetic goals of our abdominoplasty patients, along with the tummy tuck options that have helped these men and women achieve the look they want. See if you recognize your own wishes in a few of these.
If You’re a Woman, and….
You’ve always wanted a flatter, firmer midsection.
You’ll probably get the most satisfying results from a full tummy tuck. A full tummy tuck improves the contour of the entire abdomen, giving you a much trimmer, tighter abdomen in one procedure. As a result, you’ll notice that form-fitting clothes are more comfortable and waistbands no longer create unsightly rolls.
You want your toned, fit tummy back after pregnancy and childbirth.
A full tummy tuck can best restore your midsection to its pre-pregnancy form. It tightens the underlying abdominal muscles that are frequently stretched out during pregnancy and removes excess skin and fat from the upper and lower abdomen. You will likely feel more confident in your body and your self-image will improve, too!
Your weight loss is marred by loose, excess skin and tissue on your abdomen.
A full tummy tuck will probably be your best option, as it will create a firmer belly and tighter skin to better fit your new physique. Without the excess skin in the way, you’ll be able to more fully enjoy your healthy lifestyle.
You think your abs look great … except for that stubborn belly pooch.
A mini-tummy tuck, with or without liposuction, may be the ideal procedure for you. This less invasive procedure tightens the lower belly and removes stubborn fat deposits, refining the contour of your otherwise fit body. With a mini-tuck, you’ll have a more proportional midsection that you’ll enjoy showing off this summer.
If you’re a man, consider a tummy tuck if ….
You want a body that reflects your efforts in the gym and discipline at the drive-thru.
A mini-tummy tuck can help you tighten your lower belly and reveal a fitter, more defined abdomen, particularly if you are otherwise fairly lean. If you’re sporting a bit of a spare tire, liposuction can be added to your mini-tuck for optimal results. You’ll more easily notice the rewards from your workouts, as those abs you’ve sculpted will no longer be shadowed by unwanted flab.
You’ve downsized your body, but sagging skin and slack muscles are still (literally) hanging around.
A full tummy tuck is best for total abdominal improvement, wiping out post-weight-loss skin folds and tightening your abdominals back into the shape they should be. Working out will be more comfortable, and you’ll be able to better see the results.
Just make sure your plastic surgeon is skilled and experienced in tummy tucks for men, so you can feel confident that he will create a natural, masculine contour to your abdomen.
For Men and Women Who Want the Ultimate Body Makeover….
A full or mini-tummy tuck can be combined with other procedures for even more dramatic results. Men and women often pair abdominoplasty with liposuction to sculpt a trim physique throughout the abdomen and hips. Women often complement their tummy tucks with a breast augmentation and lift for a complete mommy makeover.
To Get the Tummy Tuck that is Right for You….
The next step is to talk to a board certified plastic surgeon, who can help you decide whether a full or a mini tummy tuck procedure is best for you. Along with your cosmetic goals, the condition of your abdomen prior to a tummy tuck is key in determining the right approach for you. Contact us to get started with your cosmetic consultation.