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What are the different tummy tuck techniques?

Dr. Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgeon

The most common abdominoplasty procedure is associated with a long C-section-like scar that extends hip to hip as well as an incision circumferentially around the umbilicus or belly button. This allows us to hide the scar low under the bikini line. In some patients a vertical midline incision may be required in order to remove excess of skin in the vertical plane as well. We attempt not to do this unless absolutely necessary because of the difficulty hiding a midline vertical scar. For massive pannuses and massive weight loss patients ,after gastric bypass surgery, patients often undergo a belt lipectomy procedure which is an abdominoplasty extending circumferentially all the way around the back area. This is an extremely aggressive surgical procedure with the scar extending circumferentially around the body such as a belt. These however are very useful for elevating the buttocks areas as well as the hips and the entire lower abdominal area after massive weight loss surgical procedures. All of these procedures have in common significant scarring. It is vital that the patient be excepting of the possibilities of poor scarring including hypertrophic scarring, keloiding, and wide spread scarring as well as pigmentation changes when undergoing an elective panniculectomy or abdominoplasty procedure.

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