Four Types of Tummy Tuck: How to choose

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Four Types of Tummy Tuck

How To Choose Which Tummy Tuck is Right For You





tummytucklipo.jpgFor most people a little bit of extra weight around the middle can be lost through diet and exercise.  

However, for a number of people diet and exercise, fails to remove the excess fat, loose skin or tighten up the stomach muscles.  

Circumstances where a tummy tuck may be considered are:

  • A lot of fat and weight  has been lost leaving loose skin around the body, sometimes called an apron.  We know of some people who have lost 50kg or more and although have done very well losing the weight, feel bad about the loose skin, apron, that now replaces the fat stomach. 


  • Post pregnancy mums who have had their babies but now find that their stomach muscles have become slack, and have a pouch that they cannot get rid of with diet and exercise alone.


  • Older people, who have had weight creep up on them and now find that it is near impossible to lose the fat by diet and exercise alone. 


When considering a tummy tuck, it is important to understand which type of tummy tuck will suit you as an individual.   There are four general types of Tummy Tucks and each one needs to be considered in review with a plastic surgeon.  We have summarised the four types of Tummy Tucks below.


Mini Tummy Tuck

The mini tummy tuck is generally used with someone who has a small amount of loose skin below the belly button.  They would normally be in fairly good shape but may have plateaued with diet and exercise.  

Some mums may be in this category. 

A mini tuck involves a short, horizontal incision on the lower abdomen, and the navel is left intact. A mini tummy tuck results in a scar that has the same length as a typical c-section, or half the distance from hipbone to hipbone. 

There is less scarring with a mini tummy tuck, but the results are limited to tightening up loose skin to restore the appearance of a flat stomach.




Full Abdominoplasty or Full Tummy Tuck

With the full abdominoplasty or full tummy tuck there is an extended incision between hip bone to hip bone and the procedure covers both the lower abdomen and upper abdomen.  

There is more scarring than the mini tummy tuck, but more is achieved if a person needs more fat removed and muscle tightening as well as the skin of the stomach tightened.  

In most cases, the plastic surgeon will advise a full abdominoplasty or full tummy tuck, because it will give a better result with the full stomach profile, upper and lower abdomen, and a better flat stomach appearance. 



Extended Tummy Tuck 


Extended Abdominoplasty



This works well for patients who have loose skin that extends over the hip bone into the flank area. An extensive liposuction and skin excision to the hip and flank area is combined with full tummy tuck.


Extended Abdominoplasty / Tummy Tuck


Belt Lipectomy


Extended_Abdominoplasty_with_Belt_Lipectomy.jpgThis is essentially a 360 degree tummy tuck which involves removal of loose skin and fatty tissue of the lower back and buttocks, in addition to the extended tummy tuck.

This type of tummy tuck would be more suitable for a client who has a lot of fat to remove around the tummy and back, but does not need a full Circumferential Body Lift.