All About Tummy Tucks: Everything You Need To Know

Posted March 03, 2022
Learn about tummy tucks

Tummy Tucks are one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States, with roughly 100,000 people getting one in 2020 alone. They’re an excellent way to get rid of any excess skin you may have in the stomach region, particularly after having lost a significant amount of fat.

In this article, we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about tummy tucks so that you’re well-equipped with all the information you need should you ever want to have a tummy tuck procedure.

You can also check out this video for a quick rundown as well! 

What is a Tummy Tuck?

Also known as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a surgical procedure in which excess skin and/or fat are removed from the abdominal region. It also helps tighten the muscles to create a firmer and smoother abdomen.

One of the main reasons people opt for a tummy tuck procedure is to get rid of the excess skin that remains at the end of a weight loss journey. However, as we age, the skin naturally loses elasticity as it is, and some people may end up with loose and sagging skin in the mid-region, regardless of any former weight issues. A tummy tuck is a fantastic way to have that skin removed.

5 Types of Tummy Tucks

There are several different types of tummy tucks, and which one you need depends on your particular situation and aesthetic goals. Below, you’ll find information on 5 of the most common types.

  • Standard Tummy Tuck - Also known as a traditional tummy tuck, this is the most common abdominoplasty procedure and focuses on reshaping and toning up the lower abdominal region. The incision is made from one side of the hip to the other to allow for maximal removal of excess skin and fatty tissue. The belly button often needs to be repositioned so that the final outcome is symmetrical, and this is a great option for women who want to tighten their stomach region after pregnancy and childbirth.
  • Mini Tummy Tuck - This tummy tuck focuses on the region below the belly button. This is generally reserved for those who only have a small amount of excess skin that they would like removed, particularly to address the pooch that sometimes forms below the waist. 
  • Circumferential Tummy Tuck - This is possibly the most invasive of all the tummy tuck procedures. It does the same thing as a standard tummy tuck, however it also focuses on removing excess skin and fat from the the entire mid-region, including the buttocks, the hips, and the lower back.
  • Extended Tummy Tuck - Extended tummy tucks are one of the more invasive procedures, as they’re used to address not only the lower and mid abdominal regions, but the areas of the hip and lower back as well, aka the “love handle” region. The belly button is also removed and repositioned.
  • Endoscopic Tummy Tuck - An endoscopic tummy tuck is ideal for those with weak abdominal muscles, but who actually have very little fat and loose skin in the abdominal area. This procedure requires a smaller incision, and is focused primarily on strengthening and firming the abdominal wall, so as to remove the rounded look that can sometimes occur when the abdominal wall is weak.

What Makes Someone a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is a great option for anyone who has excess skin and fat in the mid-region and would like to have it removed. Whether the excess skin is the result of weight loss, liposuction, or simply age, a tummy tuck could be just the thing you’re looking for if the excess skin is something that bothers you. It’s also a great option for those with abdominal muscles that are particularly weak or separated, as it can help strengthen your core.

Anyone who chooses to undergo a tummy tuck procedure must be in relatively good health, and if doing so in conjunction with a weight loss journey, your weight should be stabilized and be within 30 pounds of your goal weight.

How Much Does A Tummy Tuck Procedure Cost?

Prices vary greatly depending on the type of procedure you get and how much skin and fat you need removed. Geographical location also plays a role in how much they cost. In the United States, prices generally range from $3,000-12,000.

Are There Any Complications or Risks?

Complications and risks can arise with any surgical procedure, though they can be greatly minimized by doing thorough research and choosing an experienced surgeon with a great reputation and track record. Some complications and risks to be mindful of are as follows:

  • Scarring
  • Seroma (fluid build up in the skin)
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Damage to surrounding tissue
  • Asymmetrical results
  • Infection
  • Swelling
  • Skin discoloration
  • Looseness of skin

Recovery and Results

Recovery typically takes approximately 4-6 weeks, and it’s something you should definitely consider when scheduling a procedure. And while you may see some results immediately following the procedure, it generally takes a full 6 months for the full results to be realized.

Getting a tummy tuck is a personal decision that should be made with careful consideration of all the aspects involved. If you’re considering a tummy tuck procedure, make sure to do thorough research when choosing a surgeon, and choose someone who you can speak openly and honestly with about your aesthetic goals, any concerns you have, and any risks involved with the procedure.

- BJ


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