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4 Different Techniques of Tummy Tuck Explained

If performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, a tummy tuck can offer benefits that are not usually associated with the surgery. 

You probably know that a tummy tuck surgery can help change your body shape after pregnancy or when you've just lost a significant amount of weight. But did you know that the same surgery can help you reduce back pain, urinary incontinence, correct ventral hernia, and it can make exercising less taxing? 

I'd be willing to bet that you didn't know at least two of those benefits mentioned above. 

A tummy tuck surgery is now getting safer and safer than it was ten years ago – this is probably due to medical technology advancements. Surgeons now have different options when it comes to performing a tummy tuck surgery. 

This post will discuss the four different techniques of tummy tuck used when performing this surgery. 

Without further ado, let's get into it. 

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Defining Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck sometimes referred to as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that is designed to make the abdomen thinner, flat, and more firm. The process does this by removing unwanted skin or fat from the abdomen.

It is a surgery that is should only be performed by expert surgeons because of its intricacy. The abdominoplasty results are usually permanent, but we should mention that this surgery does not correct stretch marks.

Am I the right candidate for Tummy Tuck?

Every tummy tuck procedure is customized according to the desires of the patient. To be regarded as an ideal tummy tuck candidate, you have to:

  • Be physically healthy and at a stable weight
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Be a nonsmoker
  • Be bothered by the appearance of your abdomen

4 Different Tummy Tuck Techniques

The patient's underlying anatomies, clothing preference, location, and amount of redundant skin will dictate the suitable tummy technique. In some cases, your surgeon may instruct you to bring your favorite swimwear or pants so that they make incisions marks in a way that hides potential scars.

Standard or full tummy tuck

When using this technique, your surgeon will make a hip-to-hip incision/cut below the navel, and another scar will be on the belly buttock so that it can be adjusted as soon as the excess fat has been removed from the upper abdomen.

After this step, the abdomen muscles will then be tightened using internal sutures, and the surgeon will then pull down the remaining skin over the stomach.

Extended tummy tuck

Using this technique, your surgeon will make a horizontal incision that reaches the lower back's sides (i.e., around the hips). The tail ends of the scar are usually visible, especially when the patient's body is viewed posteriorly.

Since this technique is designed to remove excess skin from the standard method, it is usually used on patients who need massive weight loss.

Once the unwanted saggy skin has been removed, this technique also requires that your surgeon make a round incision to free and reposition the navel a bit higher.

Fleur-de-lis tummy tuck

Besides the horizontal incision, your surgeon will have to make a vertical scar that is visible. Because of this, the fleur-de-lis technique is usually used on patients who need the most amount of correction and are prepared to accept its tradeoff and attain an attractive post-surgery contour.

In cases where the patient has a long torso, the surgeon may make a short vertical scar so as to remove more skin between the belly button and the pubic area.

Mini tummy tuck

This technique makes a minimal improvement on the tummy, and for this reason, it is specifically ideal for patients who have saggy excess skin that is caused by pregnancy or weight loss.

Your surgeon doesn't have to reposition the navel or remove the upper abdomen's excess skin if this technique only required a 4-8 inches scar above the pubic area.

Which Technique is Less Risky? 

Just like any other surgical procedure, tummy also has potential risks, although they are minor. Blood clotting and bruising are two of the most common side effects associated with tummy tuck surgery. Doctors usually prescribe antibiotics to treat the bruises.

Cost of Tummy Tuck in Turkey 

A tummy tuck, which makes a significant change in your overall appearance, is, of course, a little costly. But it is a fact that this cost is undoubtedly bearable considering the successful results.

To give an idea about the effects of both tummy tuck and liposuction surgeries on finance, the cost of tummy tuck surgery in Turkey ranges from € 2,100 to € 4000. Also, for liposuction surgery, you may need to consider a cost of between € 1,300 and € 2,500.


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