Types of Tummy Tuck

Fluctuations in weight can lead to many different aesthetic problems when it comes to body contour. After losing lots of weight, the skin of your abdominal area may be stretched out a considerable degree leading to sagging skin and stretch marks. These will not go away even with diet and exercise since this is the natural condition of skin laxity. It’s for this reason that so many people visit the  Melbourne plastic surgery  center of Mr. Richard Maxwell.

About Tummy Tuck Surgery

Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is an extremely effective  cosmetic body contouring surgerythat is performed to address contouring issues with the abdomen. Many times liposuction is used in combination with tummy tuck surgery to ensure the overall body contour is enhanced.

Types of Tummy Tuck Surgery

There is no one way to perform a tummy tuck. Each patient has individual needs that have to be met, which means that each surgery needs to be tailored to meet those needs. When you meet with a Melbourne plastic surgeon, he or she will assess your situation and determine how best to proceed with treatment.

In general, there are three different kinds of tummy tuck surgery. The types of surgery are differentiated by the incision methods and sites. We’d like to look at these techniques right now so you have a good understanding of what to expect.

Traditional Tummy Tuck Surgery

During a traditional  Melbourne tummy tuck, three incisions are made. The first incision spans from hipbone to hipbone along the lower abdomen. The second incision is around the navel. The incision connects these two other incisions in something approximating an anchor shape. Through these incisions, excess skin and tissues are removed and underlying structures are revised.

Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery

The mini tummy tuck is, as the name suggests, a less substantial surgery than a traditional tummy tuck. During a mini tummy tuck, the incisions tend to be smaller. In many cases, only a single incision need be made along the lower abdominal area. The size of this incision will depend on the needs of the patient.

Extended Tummy Tuck Surgery

An extended tummy tuck is for people who have lost a lot of weight and require an extensive  body lift and contouring after massive weight loss. During a tummy tuck, similar incisions are used as in a traditional tummy tuck. The incision along the lower abdomen is longer, however. This incision will generally start at the back of the hipbone, span along the side of the hip, then along the lower abdomen past the other hip to the back of the opposite hipbone.

Which tummy tuck is best for me?

The best tummy tuck and body contouring options for your needs will be determined by your body contour and the extent of your weight loss. During the consultation with Mr. Maxwell, he will be sure to explain all of your options so that you can make the best possible decision about your appearance and your health.

Schedule an Appointment for More Information

For more information about tummy tuck surgery and what it can do for you, be sure to  contact our Melbourne plastic surgery center  today. Our entire team here looks forward to meeting with you and discussing your options in greater detail.

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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