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Tummy Tuck Incision Types

The tummy tuck, technically known as abdominoplasty, is a popular procedure to restore a firmer, flatter, smoother abdomen after pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. Our skilled plastic surgeons at Athenix perform tummy tucks in Seattle with artistry and dedication to surgical excellence.

Many of our patients want to know where incisions are placed in a tummy tuck procedure. For each tummy tuck in Seattle, we custom-tailor a surgical plan to meet the needs of the individual. The types of incisions used in your tummy tuck will depend on several factors, including your anatomy, the extent of treatment, the location of your abdominal issues, and your aesthetic goals.

Endoscopic Tummy Tuck

Also known as a scarless tummy tuck, the endoscopic tuck is a minimally-invasive procedure to tighten the abs for a flatter, more toned midsection. Performed with an endoscope (a thin surgical instrument with a tiny camera attached) and requiring only very small incisions, this procedure results in minimal scarring and a quicker, easier recovery. These small incisions are placed along the pubic bone and in or around the navel, for barely visible, easily concealed incision lines.

Using long, slender instruments designed for endoscopic surgery, the plastic surgeon tightens the abdominal muscles, securing them in place with internal sutures. The surgeon may also use liposuction to remove excess fat from the abdominal area. An endoscopic tummy tuck can restore a more toned, tighter appearance to the abdomen.

Mini Tummy Tuck

The mini tummy tuck is a less invasive procedure than traditional tummy tuck surgery. It uses a much shorter incision just above the pubic region, similar to the incision for a C-section. The procedure may be performed in combination with liposuction to remove excess fat below the navel.

Through the incision, the surgeon tightens the abdominal muscles and removes loose, excess skin. Ideal candidates for a mini tummy tuck may be individuals with abdominal issues mostly below the belly button due to pregnancy, weight loss, or aging.

Traditional Tummy Tuck

A full, traditional tummy tuck is performed to improve both the upper and the lower abdomen. It can correct a round, protruding belly and excess skin above and below the belly button.

This surgical technique uses a horizontal or U-shaped incision below the navel, running from hip to hip. Through the incision, the surgeon can repair separated or weakened abdominal muscles and remove excess skin and fat.

A circular incision around the navel may also be required to reposition the belly button. In many cases, unsightly stretch marks, common after pregnancy and significant weight loss, can be removed along with the excess skin.

Extended Tummy Tuck

In this procedure, the surgical approach is extended to improve the flanks, as well as the upper and lower abdomen. It involves a longer incision than a traditional tummy tuck that extends around the hips to the sides of the lower back. If you have significant laxity in the abdominal muscles or hanging, excess skin around the front of your body after multiple pregnancies or significant weight loss, an extended tummy tuck may be the right treatment option for you.

Circumferential Tummy Tuck

A circumferential tummy tuck is usually performed on men and women who have lost massive amounts of weight, as occurs with bariatric surgery, and are left with loose, hanging skin around the entire body. This procedure is more extensive and requires a longer incision than a traditional tummy tuck.

Through this incision, extending all around the waist line, the surgeon removes excess fat and skin and tightens the muscles of the abdomen. The buttocks and outer thighs are lifted and, in many cases, a new navel is created. The circumferential tummy tuck is designed to make dramatic changes to a person’s physique after massive weight loss.

Individually-Tailored Tummy Tuck

When you come to Athenix for a tummy tuck in Seattle, we can tailor your surgery to suit your unique anatomy and aesthetic goals. We focus our practice on body contouring treatments.

Our surgeons perform tummy tuck procedures with artistry and a high level of technical skill. No matter which type of tummy tuck you require, you can expect to receive the highest quality care in a state-of-the-art facility for a tummy tuck procedure in Seattle.

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