Not only is a tummy tuck one of the most popular cosmetic procedures, but advancements in surgical techniques have allowed for a variety of incision patterns. Your incision pattern is dependent on the degree of change you desire, among other factors.
Women’s bodies will “bounce back” differently from events like pregnancy or weight loss. Each patient is unique, and your procedure will be individualized to address your cosmetic concerns. Special attention is given to providing the best possible results with the least amount of scarring.
Standard Tummy Tuck
A standard or full tummy tuck is ideal for men or women who want to get rid of a moderate amount of excess skin around the lower abdomen. A horizontal incision is made from hip to hip and excess skin is removed.
In the event that the abdominal muscles are weakened, the muscles can be tightened and reattached for better results. If necessary, the belly button can also be repositioned.
You will likely need about two weeks of recovery time following your abdominoplasty in Long Island, with limited exercise or exertion. The resulting scar from a standard tummy tuck can usually be hidden with clothing, undergarments, or a bathing suit.
Mini Tummy Tuck
Patients who want a more subtle revitalization of their stomach can benefit from the less-invasive mini tummy tuck. This technique focuses on the lower abdomen below the belly button and is ideal for patients who are generally slender but have an unwanted “pooch.”
A short incision is placed just above the pubic area. The abdominal muscles can be tightened and excess skin is removed. The belly button is not repositioned during a mini tummy tuck.
A mini tummy tuck results in a smaller scar and shorter recovery time than other types of tummy tucks. You will likely only need one week or less of initial recovery time.
Choosing the Right Incision Type for Your Long Island Tummy Tuck
Your tummy tuck incision will largely depend on the amount of skin to be removed. Other factors may include:
- Your skin’s elasticity
- Your medical history
- Ability to take time off work for recovery
- Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
Dr. Small is committed to helping you achieve a tummy that flatters your figure and boosts your self-confidence. He will help you determine which type of tummy tuck is right for you during your initial consultation.
Will I have complications?
Any surgical procedure has risks, but complications are rare. A tummy tuck is a common cosmetic procedure, and Dr. Small has many years of experience. He will discuss all aspects of your procedure and recovery during your initial consultation. His precise surgical technique and innovative approach to cosmetic surgery means that your procedure will be customized to fit your needs.