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Many individuals carry excess weight around the abdomen, which has prompted a dramatic increase in the number of abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, procedures performed each year. Although each abdominoplasty patient has similar goals, their needs are unique, which is why a tummy tuck should not be considered a one-size-fits-all procedure. Instead, at Body by Craft, we completely customize your tummy tuck in Miami to suit your individual needs, assessing your anatomy, the presence of excess skin, and taking your lifestyle into account in an effort to determine whether a full tummy tuck, extended tummy tuck, fleur-de-lis tummy tuck, mini tummy tuck, or hybrid tummy tuck is best for you.

Full Tummy Tuck

A full or standard tummy tuck is an abdominoplasty procedure that makes an incision low in the bikini line and a second smaller incision around the navel to facilitate the removal of excess skin and tissue in the upper and lower abdomen. The abdominal muscles are tightened using internal sutures before the navel is reconstructed and the remaining skin is pulled taut, creating a smoother, more even contour to the abdomen.

Extended Tummy Tuck

As its name suggests, the extended tummy tuck requires making a longer incision which extends horizontally around the hips that is placed to be hidden in the bikini line. In doing so, it provides the plastic surgeon with greater access, enabling him to remove additional skin from a wider area. However, because of its more invasive nature, this technique is primarily used for patients who have undergone dramatic weight loss, that have extensive lower abdominal skin and that have lower waist / hip skin laxity.

Fleur-De-Lis Tummy Tuck

Like a full tummy tuck, this technique makes a horizontal incision from hip to hip; however, it also necessitates making a second vertical incision, which can be more difficult to conceal. Although its more invasive nature makes it less desirable for some patients, it is a suitable technique for individuals who require considerable correction of lax skin all around the midsection and who are willing to accept the risk of additional scarring for the sake of dramatic contouring results. This type of surgery is reserved for patients who have lost greater than 100 pounds and have excessive skin laxity around the abdomen.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck is a less invasive technique which is best suited to patients who have little to no excess skin above the navel, as it only addresses the lower abdomen, making a 4-8 inch incision above the pubic region and leaving the navel untouched. While this makes it an advantageous option for many patients, it is not an appropriate option for people who have stubborn fat or loose skin in the upper abdomen.

Hybrid Tummy Tuck

A hybrid tummy tuck is an amalgamation between the traditional, full tummy tuck and the mini tummy tuck, as it works to tighten the entire abdominal fascia, while making a smaller incision similar to that made during a C-section. This technique is best suited to people who are physically fit but struggle to eliminate the stomach bulge that lingers following pregnancy because it effectively tightens the abdominal muscles all the way from sternum to pubic bone. An existing c-section scar can usually be removed, and a desirable, low horizontal scar created. The umbilicus is not reconstructed through this method; however, it may be lowered just slightly.

At Body by Craft, we understand that the decision to undergo a tummy tuck is very personal and the number of options available can make it overwhelming, which is why we take the time to create a personalized treatment plan tailored to each patient. Schedule a consultation today to take the first step towards your Miami tummy tuck transformation.

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