How to Determine If a Full Tummy Tuck or Partial Tummy Tuck is Right for You

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How to Determine If a Full Tummy Tuck or Partial Tummy Tuck is Right for You

A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty involves a surgical procedure that gives you a flatter stomach, a narrower waist, and toner abs — it achieves the results that cannot always be reached naturally. Both men and women can benefit from a tummy tuck.

The reasons for tummy tucks vary from person to person — whether you lost a lot of weight and now have saggy skin and stretch marks or you’ve reached your ideal weight and just can’t seem to get rid of that belly pooch. The procedure, however, is not one-size-fits-all.

If your loose skin or trouble spots are strictly located below the naval, most likely you qualify for a partial abdominoplasty. If your loose skin is located both below and above the naval, then a full abdominoplasty is most likely the way to go. Alterations of the underlying muscles are not necessary for everybody. Not all bodies are created equal, therefore a consultation with Dr. Rieger will help determine which procedure is right for you.

Here is a look at the differences between a full tummy tuck and a partial tummy tuck.

Full Tummy Tuck:

A full tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is suitable for people who have loose skin both above and below the belly button. Typical recovery time is up to two weeks.

The surgery typically requires at least two incisions; one is hipbone to hipbone, hidden below the bikini or pants line and the second is around the navel which is detached and repositioned once the muscles are tightened and the excess skin is removed. Once the excess skin has been removed, sometimes liposuction is performed to contour and reduce any excess pockets of fat.

Partial Tummy Tuck:

A partial tummy tuck is suitable for people who have excess loose skin or fat deposits located below the belly button area. The surgery itself is less invasive than the full tummy tuck which means less time in surgery, fewer scars and shorter recovery periods.

During a partial tuck procedure, the surgeon typically will not have to move your belly button, and the procedure could take as few as two hours, depending on your case. It may also include liposuction depending on your case and the amount of excess fat.

The Skinny:

In short, the full tummy tuck will deliver more dramatic results and is appropriate for patients who want to reshape their entire midsection. The partial tummy tuck is less invasive and focuses on the lower area of the abdomen. Post-surgery for both procedures requires you to adhere to a healthy diet plan and exercise to maintain your weight in order to keep the results intact and deliver the desired outcome.
Both are considered major surgeries and you should meet the following criteria to qualify for a mini tummy tuck or a full tummy tuck and to help ensure that the results will last:

• You must be in good physical health.
• You have reached your ideal weight and can maintain it.
• You do not smoke.
• You are not happy with the appearance of your stomach.
• You are doing this surgery for you and not someone else.
• You are not planning on a future pregnancy.

For the best results, procedures should be tailored to your unique needs based on your body, your anatomy and your desired outcome. Dr. Rieger can help you identify your goals, educate you on the options that fit your case and determine the procedure that is right for you.

Schedule a Consultation with Hyde Park Cosmetic Surgery to Get Your Best Stomach Today!

Dr. Rieger at Hyde Park Cosmetic Surgery Center can help you determine whether a full tummy tuck or partial tummy tuck procedure is right for you. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.