Which tummy tuck is right for me?



Jack Peterson M.D. is a board certified plastic surgeon in Topeka Kansas and Junction City Kansas. Dr. Peterson explains a tummy tuck and discusses the differences in types of tummy tuck.


A standard  tummy tuck also called an abdominoplasty, is for men and women who have excess skin around their midsection. This procedure requires a horizontal incision between the hipbones and an incision around the belly button. Liposuction is used to contour and reduce excess fat.


A mini tummy tuck is sometimes an option for slender people who have a stubborn belly pooch that no amount of diet and exercise will erase.  A small horizontal incision is made between the hipbones in the area that would normally be covered by a bikini bottom. Since this a smaller procedure than a standard tummy tuck, there is no need to reposition the belly button. Patients will normally see a slightly lower location for their current belly button.


An extended tummy tuck for both men and women extends the horizontal excision to incorporate tummy, hips and sides of lower back. This is the tummy tuck recommended for patients with large weight loss. It allows for treatment of a wider area and additional fat and excess tissue around the hips and flanks. Liposuction is included to contour. A monsplasty that decreases tissue and fat just below the pubic bone may also be needed.