The tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures chosen by both men and women. Most are under the impression that an abdominoplasty is a procedure conducted on the entire abdomen. While this is true for the majority of patients, a tummy tuck can be performed on specific regions for a handful of patients who need only those areas targeted.
Your Abdominal Regions
Your abdomen is everything from the top of your diaphragm to the top of your pubic bone. From a surgical perspective, it can be split into two broad regions: the lower abdomen and the upper abdomen. The lower abdomen is everything from your belly button downward and is usually the area with the biggest problems. That’s because gravity causes your skin and excess fat to move downward, leading to an extra jiggle around your middle. The upper abdomen is everything above your belly button. It doesn’t tend to have as many issues as the lower abdomen, but dramatic weight gain and loss can result in stubborn fat pockets and loose skin in the area just below your chest.
The Different Abdominoplasties
There are three types of abdominoplasty available to patients, though not every patient is a good candidate for all of them. Most patients undergo a standard abdominoplasty, which is designed to remove excess fat and skin in the lower abdomen while smoothing and tightening the look of the entire abdomen.
About 10 percent of abdominoplasty patients have a mini-abdominoplasty, a procedure for removing excess fat and skin from the lower abdomen only. Women who have been pregnant and have returned to good shape and weight are the most common patient for this type. A handful of people who have the mini also have what is known as the umbilical float. As its name suggests, this involves moving the belly button down so the tummy looks more natural.
The third and least common type of abdominoplasty is the reverse tummy tuck. Also known as an upside down abdominoplasty or upper abdomen mini, this procedure targets only the upper abdomen. It is performed with the techniques used in the other two types, with the major difference being the spot for the initial incision. Instead of going through the hips and pubic region, the action starts where the abdomen meets the breasts.
Which Type Is for You?
Fortunately, you don’t have to do much soul-searching or an in-depth analysis of your body to figure out what type of abdominoplasty procedure you should have – you have a board-certified plastic surgeon who will do that for you! During your consultation, your surgeon will do an assessment of your body, consider your medical history, and discuss your realistic results before making a decision about the best course of action for you. Be open with your surgeon about your body and what you want for it – it’s the best way to get the best results!
Schedule a Free Tummy Tuck Consultation
Here at Basile Plastic Surgery, we are dedicated to providing you with the greatest service and best patient experience possible. That’s why we offer a free initial consultation on any of our procedures, so you can take the time to figure out what will help you look and feel your best. Dr. Andrea Basile, our plastic surgeon, is board-certified with over 15 years of experience in patient satisfaction. If you would like to learn more about our tummy tuck or any of our other amazing plastic surgery options, call our office in Naples, FL, at (239) 514-8777 to make an appointment. We can also be reached through our Patient Contact page here on our website. www.BasilePlasticSurgery.com. Contact us today to start looking and feeling amazing!