A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is the best way to remove excess skin on the abdomen. At MidAmerica Plastic Surgery, this is one of our most common procedures. Dr. Diederich, our board certified plastic surgeon, performs a more advanced version of a tummy tuck that does not require the use of drains! Did you know there are two types of tummy tucks?
Full Tummy Tuck
A full tummy tuck is the most common type and the one we talk about most often on social media. This removes all the excess skin from above your belly button, down to an incision that is easily hidden by underwear or a bikini. You’ll have a new belly button that is in a similar place as before.
Another important part of a full tummy tuck is the repair of the six pack muscles. This condition, known as Diastasis Recti, is very common, especially in women who have been pregnant.
This procedure will be completed at Anderson Hospital and usually requires an overnight stay. Full recovery time is 6 weeks and during that time, you aren’t able to lift more than 20 pounds.
Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck is less common because it only helps certain patients. This does not repair the six pack muscles and it only removes loose skin on your lower abdomen below the belly button. It does not remove any loose skin you may have above your belly button which is why it is less common. Your belly button will likely move down a bit on your abdomen because some of that skin is removed.
This procedure can be done in the office with a local numbing. You can add the use of ProNox if you would like. This appointment usually lasts about 2 hours and you can drive home after. Recovery is quite a bit quicker since it’s less invasive and there are no lifting restrictions.
During your consultation, Dr. Diederich will give you a personalized assessment, listen to your goals, and let you know which he thinks would benefit you more. He always takes the time to give you an idea of what to expect after. If you would like to schedule a consultation, please call us at 618-288-7855, option 4, and we can find a time that works best for you!