Joseph Serota, MD

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Tummy Tuck Incisions

By admin November 19, 2017

Abdominoplasty, also called a tummy tuck, is a cosmetic surgery procedure to remove loose, excess skin from the abdominal area. There are several types of tummy tuck procedures. The best tummy tuck technique will differ from individual to individual based on several factors including desired result, the location and amount of excess skin, overall skin quality and the body type of the patient. Any scarring from a previous surgery can also limit which type of tummy tuck a patient is qualified for.

The length and placement of tummy tuck incisions is specific to each procedure. There are three main types of tummy tuck:

Mini Tummy Tuck: This procedure uses the smallest incisions. These tummy tucks incisions are similar to a C-section scar which spans the width of the pubic bone. The incision is usually placed very low, just above the pubic hair line, allowing the resulting scar to be well covered by clothing.

Standard Tummy Tuck: This technique produces incisions that run from hip bone to hip bone. Although the incision is much longer than that of the mini tummy tuck, it is usually low enough to be concealed by clothing.

Extended Tummy Tuck: This type of tummy tuck is the most invasive and requires large incisions. These tummy tuck incisions extend the length of the abdomen to the back of the hips. Although the incisions produce longer scars, the improved contours of the abdomen, flanks, hips and back more than compensate.

Following tummy tuck surgery in Denver, your incisions will be covered with wound dressings and skin tapes (also called steri-strips). You may have drains coming from the incisions and a compression garment covering the abdominal area. The incision areas may be bruised and swollen for a few weeks. You will be given specific instructions on how to care for your incisions as you heal.

To learn more about tummy tucks or other cosmetic surgery procedures, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or today.

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