What tummy tuck techniques do you offer?

Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks may use any of the following techniques to contour your body with a tummy tuck.

  • Traditional Tummy Tuck. If you want to improve your upper and lower abdomen, the traditional or full tummy tuck repairs the problem area with a horizontal or U-shaped incision made from hip bone-to-hip bone and just over the pubic hairline. Then, excess skin is removed while abdominal muscles are tightened. Though it yields a longer scar than other surgical methods, a full tummy tuck gives you a flatter, smoother stomach. This results in an increased comfort in pants and skirts plus more flattering silhouettes in form-fitting clothes.
  • Mini Tummy Tuck. If your issue is limited to just a protruding or unflattering lower belly, a mini-tummy tuck may be enough to address it. Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks will make one short incision beneath the panty line. Loose muscles in the lower abdomen are tightened and excess skin is removed to flatten your abdominal wall. The mini tummy tuck is relatively quicker than the traditional tummy tuck, requires a shorter recovery, and produces a flattering lower belly. Liposuction of the abdomen is commonly performed to sculpt and improve the overall results
  • Extended Tummy Tuck. For patients who desire the removal of loose abdominal skin from a wider area, the extended tummy tuck could be a better fit than the traditional technique. Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks makes a longer incision that extends from the hip to the sides of the lower back and removes the patient’s excess skin. This technique is often recommended for patients who have undergone a massive weight loss.
  • Circumferential Tummy Tuck. This technique gets its name from the fact that the incision is made all around the waistline, spanning the entire lower body. The technique, also known as a lower body lift, is recommended by Dr. Downey and Dr. Bullocks to patients who have had undergone extreme weight loss or have sagging of the outer thighs and buttocks that need to be addressed. The aim of the circumferential approach is to remove an abundance of excess fat and loose skin in problem areas such as the tummy, outer thighs, and buttocks.