What is a Tummy Tuck, and Are You a Good Candidate

Are you thinking about having a tummy tuck? It’s a big decision to make that comes with really big results. If you’re fed up with diet and exercise not working, then take control of your body with a tummy tuck. Keep reading to find out how this surgery could give the big results you’ve been looking for.

What Exactly is a Tummy Tuck?

You’ve probably heard of a tummy tuck, but do you actually know what it is? A tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, targets two main issues: excess skin and separation between the abdominal muscles. So, during the surgery, excess skin around the waistline that you may have gotten from pregnancy or weight loss is removed, and then the abdomen muscles are tightened and reshaped. As a bonus, the surgery can also remove excess fat with liposuction that’s done during the procedure. A tummy tuck surgery is one of the most popular options for people that are wanting a fresh start with their body.

Is the Tummy Tuck Worth it?

Did you go through a significant weight loss or a pregnancy, and you’re having a hard time getting back in the shape you want? Often times a weight loss or pregnancy can result in softened skin, sagging excess skin, or even unwanted hip and back fat. If this has happened to you, you aren’t alone. Some people can’t correct these issues with diet or exercise, so that’s why they turn to tummy tuck surgery. In fact, abdominoplasty procedures are still in high demand around the world because of the proven high success rate among patients.

What Are the Different Types of Tummy Tuck Surgeries?

1) Full Tummy Tuck

full tummy tuck

Suffer from loose skin, fat in unwanted areas, and stretched out abs muscles? Then a full abdominoplasty could be the best option for you. During this procedure, a horizontal incision is made from hip-to-hip and around the belly button. This is the most common type of tummy tuck surgery.

2) Mini or Limited Tummy Tuck

half tummy tuck

Partial abdominoplasties target the lower abdomen area. So, if you have loose skin that’s below the belly button, then this type of surgery could work best. A mini tummy tuck isn’t very common because there’s only a small percentage of candidates that qualify for the surgery. Patients have to be within 10 percent of their ideal body weight to have this surgery done. It works by having a small amount of skin removed from a four to eight-inch incision along the bikini line. Liposuction may also be used during this procedure.

Limited tummy tucks work the same as the mini tummy tuck. The only difference is that there is a longer incision that’s made during surgery.

3) Extensive Abdominal Contouring

Extensive Abdominal Contouring

During these procedures, the surgery is focused on different trouble spots that a patient has. There are three different types of extensive abdominal contouring:

• The Extended Tummy Tuck

This is usually performed in the upper abdomen, lower chest, and back. A horizontal incision is made along the bikini line and a full vertical midline incision.

• Flankplasty

This surgery is typical for patients that have larger amounts of skin throughout the abdomen and trunk.  It involves a larger incision that is three-quarters the way around the lower torso.

• Belt Lipectomy and Extended Belt Lipectomy

A belt lipectomy works for patients with large amounts of excess skin throughout the abdomen, trunk, hips, and buttocks.

The extended belt lipectomy requires an extra incision. It works best for patients who have a lot of loose skin in the trunk area.

4) Reverse Tummy Tuck

Reverse Tummy Tuck

With this surgery, an incision is made under the bra line to remove loose skin and fat from the upper torso. This is often done at the same time as a break lift surgery.

Who Qualifies for a Tummy Tuck?

If you plan on having children, doctors don’t recommend having the surgery done. It’s also not recommended for people with excess fat to have the surgery, because a tummy tuck is more about excess skin and muscle separation. A skilled plastic surgeon can help determine if a tummy tuck or another procedure like liposuction is best for you.

How Do I Prepare for a Tummy Tuck?

It’s really important to feel healthy before your tummy tuck surgery. You’ll want to fuel your body with low fat, high proteins, and other good nutrition foods weeks prior to your surgery.

Keep in mind, you won’t be able to care for yourself for the first week, or even more, after surgery. So, you’ll want to make sure that you arrange for a dependable support system to help you during recovery.

Here are some other things to do before your surgery:

  • Stop taking these two weeks before surgery:
    • Aspirin
    • Ibuprofen
    • Motrin
    • Advil
    • Any anti-inflammatory medications
    • Herbal medications
    • Supplements
    • Diet pills
    • Stop smoking or using nicotine products
  • Fill prescriptions and medications that you will need after surgery about a week before the date, and make sure to take them with you the day of surgery.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and eat a high protein meal the day before surgery.
  • On the day of surgery, you’ll want to shower with anti-bacterial soap and change into loose, comfortable clothing.

How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?

Tummy tucks aren’t cheap. Although these surgeries vary depending on the location, you’re having it done, and the surgeon’s expertise, you will still need to budget for a big chunk of money to be spent. The surgery can range from $9,000 to $12,000. You’ll also want to plan on taking a couple of weeks off work, so make sure you’re financially prepared to be out of work too.

What is the Difference Between Tummy Tuck and Liposuction?

Not sure if you need a tummy tuck or liposuction? Here are the main differences between the two procedures:

Tummy Tuck

Most people get this procedure to deal with loose or stretched out muscles caused by weight loss or pregnancy.


Having liposuction done can also tone the abdomen. The big difference between these two procedures is that liposuction is done to remove fat. Liposuction won’t remove excess skin and stretch marks that’s done during a tummy tuck.

Sometimes both of these procedures can be performed at the same time. If you’re wondering which surgery option is best for you, then you’ll need to talk to your surgeon to figure out the best way to treat your problem areas.

Abdominoplasty with the Triad’s Leading Team

Are you ready to take control of your body again? You can set the restart button on your body by having a tummy tuck procedure. We are the Triad’s preferred dermatology and cosmetic skin enhancement team. So, you’re in good hands with us! See for yourself by giving Winston-Salem Dermatology a call today to talk about your tummy tuck plans. Maybe you’re wondering if you’re a good candidate, or maybe you’re concerned about the tummy tuck scars or the recovery time involved. Whatever it is that you’re concerned about, you can trust us to give you the answers. Our skilled team is waiting for your call at (336) 774-8636.