Mini Tummy Tuck vs. Traditional Tummy Tuck vs. Extended Tummy Tuck

When it comes to any sort of cosmetic surgery, each patient’s needs will be different. This is particularly true with body contouring surgery. The amount of work that may need to be performed could be minimal, while in other cases, the amount of work required can be quite substantial. That’s why we at our  Melbourne plastic surgery  practice will tailor each surgery to meet an individual patient’s needs.

Such is the case with the tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty). As with all surgeries we perform, there’s no one method of performing a tummy tuck. Generally, one could break down the tummy tuck options by the extent of the work required, classifying them as mini tummy tucks, traditional tummy tucks, and extended tummy tucks. Let’s briefly discuss what makes each of these surgeries different.

Let us look at the traditional  Melbourne tummy tuck  first. During a traditional tummy tuck, an incision is made that spans from one hipbone to the other along the lower abdomen. An additional incision is made around the belly button, and a final incision is made that connects the belly button incision to the incision made along the lower abdomen. It’s through these incisions that excess fat and tissue are removed and underlying structures are revised.

With mini tummy tucks and extended tummy tucks, the incision methods will differ from a traditional tummy tuck.

During a mini tummy tuck, an incision is made along the lower abdomen. This incision will not necessarily span from hipbone to hipbone, however. It may just be a few inches long. There will be no belly button incision required in a mini tummy tuck either. All of the surgical adjustments will be made through this small incision.

During an extended tummy tuck, the same incisions are made as in a traditional tummy tuck. The incision along the lower abdomen, however, is a little larger. Rather than spanning from hipbone to hipbone, these incisions will extend along the sides of the hips and possibly around the patient’s  back.

The surgery that is best for your needs will be determined during a consultation at our practice. For more information about tummy tuck surgery or other aesthetic enhancements,  contact our Melbourne and Victoria plastic surgery offices  today.

Last updated: May 22, 2019
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Dr Richard Maxwell MBBS FRACS(Plas)
Mr. Richard Maxwell graduated in medicine from Monash University in Melbourne in 1981. He trained in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Alfred Hospital, the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Victorian Plastic Surgery Unit in Melbourne. He completed his training in 1989, gaining the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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