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Which Tummy Tuck Is For Me?

Some people would be surprised to know that there is more than one type of tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty. The type of abdominoplasty depends largely on what the client wants and their particular anatomy. Their overall health is also a consideration, as is the location of the excess fat and any previous abdominal surgeries the patient has had. Previous surgeries can leave scars that can complicate tummy tucks. Here are three types of tummy tuck:

Full Tummy Tuck

This type of tummy tuck is used for people who wish to strengthen their abdominal muscles and who have excess skin and tissue in their abdomen. During this operation, the surgeon tightens the muscles, removes excess skin and fat and rearranges the remaining skin over the abdomen. The result is a flatter, slimmer silhouette. Surgeons perform this operation by making an incision from one hipbone to the other and sometimes around the belly button.


This is popular among people who are slender but have a nagging paunch that simply won’t go away, no matter how much they diet or exercise. So the mini tummy tuck simply gets rid of that stubborn pot of fat. In this surgery, the incision is made between the hipbones at the bikini line. Again, the muscles of the abdomen are tightened and the excess fat and skin removed. In this type of tummy tuck, there’s no incision around the belly button.

Extended Tuck

This operation covers even more territory than the traditional abdominoplasty. It removes excess skin and fat not just on the tummy, but the sides of the patient’s lower back and their hips. Because of this, the surgeon needs to make an incision that not only encompasses the abdomen but both hips. The doctor may also need to make a vertical incision.

In all of these operations, liposuction can also be used to remove those last pockets of unwanted fat.

For more information or to have a consultation with Dr. John Obi, contact us at Jacksonville Plastic Surgery and Med Spa. Our number here is 904-346-0060