When comparing body contouring procedures to flatten and smooth your midsection, you'll need to consider your individual goals as well as your surgeon's advice before you decide on which type of tummy tuck to have. Understanding the unique benefits each method offers is a great first step toward making that choice.
Traditional Tummy Tucks
Conventional abdominoplasty involves your surgeon making an incision across the lower abdomen above the pubic bone in order to remove excess skin and then reattach the skin to create a smoother, tighter stomach. During the procedure, the belly button is repositioned and the underlying abdominal muscles are tightened to repair any laxity or separation. The best candidates have a good deal of excess skin on the entire abdomen, are at or near their target weight and are healthy overall.
Mini Tummy Tucks
A mini tummy tuck is ideal for a patient whose excess stomach skin and fat are located primarily below the belly button and above the pubic bone. A mini tummy tuck doesn't effectively address excess skin or fat above on the upper abdomen and generally does not involve repositioning the belly button, so not every patient will be able to get satisfactory results with this modified procedure. If you and your surgeon decide a mini tummy tuck is right for you, you'll enjoy the added benefits of a smaller scar and faster recovery.
Drain-Free Tummy Tucks
The drain-free tummy tuck incorporates the use of liposuction and an innovative stitching technique in order to reduce the amount of post-op fluid retention and swelling and eliminate the need for messy post-surgical drains. The benefits of going drain-free include superior results (thanks to the addition of lipo) and an easier, more comfortable recovery.