Many people find it challenging to firm the abdominal area, no matter how strict the diet or how often they work out. Common complaints are that the belly area is the last and most challenging area to improve despite efforts to tone this area with diet and exercise. Abdominoplasty is a very common procedure performed to contour the abdominal area.
Where are the incisions?
The incision pattern used in a tummy tuck procedure will depend on the extent of correction required for the individual. Dr. Troy Callahan will carefully evaluate your abdominal area during your consultation and recommend the most appropriate incision technique. Commonly used incision patterns include:
- Traditional (full) tummy tuck: This technique involves a horizontal incision just above the pubic area, extending from hip to hip. After excess skin and fat removal, a second incision is made around the navel to reposition it.
- Mini tummy tuck: This variation is suitable for patients with less significant skin laxity or muscle separation confined to the lower abdomen. It involves a smaller horizontal incision, typically below the navel.
- Extended tummy tuck: An extended tummy tuck may be recommended for individuals with excess skin and fat extending beyond the abdomen to the sides or lower back. This technique incorporates longer incisions to address the additional areas.