Common Incisions Used in Tummy Tuck Procedures

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For most men and women, the struggle to achieve a perfect abdominal contour and waistline is never-ending. You might exercise and eat healthy to get your body into shape. Unfortunately, the stretched and excess skin on your belly does not manifest the hard work you are putting into getting a perfect body.

One of the best solutions to get rid of this sagging belly skin is an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck by a plastic surgeon. There are different incisions used for the procedure, depending on the location and extent of excess skin and the reason for your surgery.

Drstevenwarnock.com cites some of them.

Mini/Short Incision

This is ideal for mini tummy tuck surgeries. It is focused on the lower abdomen and primarily just above your pubic area. A mini-incision is used for patients who have minimal extra abdominal skin and are looking to tighten their abdominal wall. The incision typically takes a week to heal.

Standard Incision

This incision is made between your hip and around your belly button. It is used for a full or standard tummy tuck. The standard incision is ideal for clients with excessive skin in their midsection and weak abdominal muscles. It is done under general anesthesia and generally takes two weeks to heal fully.

Circumferential Incision

This is the most invasive incision used for abdominoplasty. The incision runs around your lower abdomen and back like a belt. A circumferential incision is used for clients with excessive skin secondary to significant weight loss, generally over 80 pounds. It takes 3-4 weeks to heal fully. Regardless of the incision used for your surgery, you can rest assured the result will be worth it.

To hasten your incision’s healing process, cut down or avoid tobacco smoking, protect the incision from the sun and do not lift heavy objects. Keeping the surgical tape or compression garment around your incision intact will also result in a thin and almost invisible scar.