Different Types of Tummy Tuck – Which is the Right One for You?

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2022-07-12 05:30 AM | By Tamira Scientific Committee
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As per WHO reports, India ranks third in the world among countries with high prevalence of obesity. With increasing cases of obesity, there are more cases of lifestyle disorders such as heart diseases, diabetes, chronic body pain, increasing weight, shortness of breath and more. Many individuals who are obese have an increasing waist circumference. Though regular exercise and diet regulations can bring it down, many require medical intervention for long-lasting results. Tummy tuck surgery or Abdominoplasty is a commonly performed cosmetic treatment used to reduce the fat in the abdominal region.

Tummy tuck procedures have helped many phenomenally by reducing sagging stomach, waist size and helping them start to lead a healthy lifestyle. People who would have otherwise suffered a lot due to lifestyle diseases, get a renewed chance at leading a better life. Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin in the abdominal region. It helps individuals to achieve a toned stomach. Both men and women prefer the procedure to reduce fat and loose skin they have in the abdominal region and to build confidence.

Benefits of tummy tuck surgery

The many benefits that come along with a tummy tuck procedure makes individuals opt for the surgery. Some of them include:

  • Better posture
  • Avoids urinary incontinence, hernias and possible health complications such as heart disorders, diabetes, hypertension and others
  • Maintenance of their ideal weight
  • Better capability to stay active

Types of tummy tuck

Full tummy tuck – This is the most common tummy tuck procedure performed. It is also referred to as traditional or standard tummy tuck. In this method, fat is removed by way of incision made at the sides of the hip and near the belly button region.

Mini tummy tuck – This procedure is done to remove fat from the lower abdomen, mainly the upper pubic region. Patients with moderate level of skin sagging and fat in the lower abdomen can consider this procedure. A liposuction is often combined along with it to give full results.

Reverse tummy tuck – A reverse tummy tuck procedure aims at removing excess fat from the upper abdominal region. In a woman, this procedure is done in such as way that the lower breast fold will hide the incision scars.

Extended tummy tuck – In this procedure, the abdomen is tightened by removing fat and skin through a small incision made at the pubic hairline. This is best for individuals who want to improve their hip and lower back appearance.

Women in general experience sagging abdomen and loose skin after childbirth. A tummy tuck after C-section is performed to get back in shape and the incision would be made at the site of C-section scar to prevent more scarring.  In some cases, a liposuction is done along with tummy tuck abdominoplasty. A liposuction is a less invasive procedure that uses a cannula to loosen fat and a suction device removes the fat. Recovery from a tummy tuck procedure would depend on the type of tummy tuck that the patient undergoes. On an average, it takes about 6 weeks for recovery. In a period of 3 months, individuals would accomplish completely recovery and begin to see results.

Liposuction vs tummy tuck

The choice between a liposuction and a tummy tuck treatment is made based on the outcome that the patient desires. Liposuction offers a less invasive procedure which means there is more safety and lesser risks involved. However, liposuction works well only if the fat deposits are in a particular region and not with the presence of extreme sagging skin. The procedure would not offer results that stay as long as a tummy tuck. On the other hand, tummy tuck is an invasive procedure that offers dramatic results and can give permanent results.

Tummy tuck cost in India

Abdominoplasty in India would cost between INR 50k to 2 lakhs. The exact cost of the procedure would depend upon the type of tummy tuck chosen, any additional procedures (such as liposuction) that is combined, the city, clinic and the experience of the doctor. Tummy tuck procedures in Chennai would cost between INR 70k to 1.5 lakhs. It is extremely important to choose a board-certified surgeon who is specialized in performing tummy tuck. Patients must learn about past patient reviews and experiences and the results to ensure they are in the safe hands. Tummy tuck operations do come with risks and to avoid any complications, one must choose the right hospital and doctor.

Tummy Tuck before and after

before after results abdominoplasty


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How many different kinds of tummy tucks are there?

There are 4 types of tummy tuck based. The best one for the patient is chosen based on the needs. Standard abdominoplasty, mini-abdominoplasty, extended abdominoplasty and reverse abdominoplasty.

  1. What is the best alternative to a tummy tuck?

The best alternative for a tummy tuck would be liposuction. Patients who do not want to undergo an abdominoplasty surgery, can choose less invasive procedure such as liposuction.

  1. What is the best tummy tuck procedure?

A full tummy tuck or standard abdominoplasty is the most commonly performed procedure. The results give a transformative look to the person and stays as a long-lasting solution for abdominal fat.

  1. Can someone get 2 tummy tucks?

Yes, patients can get 2 tummy tucks years after the first one. The major reasons for considering a second tummy tuck would be significant weight gain, pregnancy, uneven fat gain and others. While sagging skin can be removed with another tummy tuck, it is best to avoid one.

  1. How much is a full tummy tuck?

A full tummy tuck in India would cost INR 70k and above.

  1. How many sizes do you lose with a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck procedure could help reduce one’s waist size by several sizes. Most women tend to lose 2 to 3 dress sizes. It can significantly remove sagging stomach and pouch like appearance and help one wear pant sizes that are lower than what they used to.

  1. Does a tummy tuck lift your pubic area?

A tummy tuck would not necessarily lift the pubic area. After a tummy tuck procedure, patients would feel that the overall appearance of the abdomen and pubic area improves.  

  1. How long do tummy tucks last?

Tummy tuck results last for a lifetime if the patient maintains an active lifestyle and regulates diet. In rare cases where the patient has had a pregnancy or gained weight years after surgery, the results would diminish. A second tummy tuck would be preferred in such cases.

  1. Is 60 too old for a tummy tuck?

Patients who are 60 years old and have no other medical conditions, could consider tummy tuck. If there are existing medical conditions or if the patient is a chain smoker, doctors would advise not to go in for a tummy tuck procedure.

  1. Why is my stomach not flat after a tummy tuck?

In most cases, the results of a tummy tuck procedure can be seen immediately after the surgery. this is especially true if you are on the obese side with a lot of sagging skin. For people who have undergone tummy tuck to tone the stomach, the results would not be as pronounced immediately. Individuals will have a certain level of swelling after the surgery because of which they would not see a drastic change. Also, if the fat deposits around the internal organs are a lot, patients would not be able to get their desired level of tone of the stomach.

  1. Does fat come back after a tummy tuck?

The fat removed during tummy tuck would not come back after the procedure and the results could last a lifetime. However, if the patient gains excessive weight or if there are changes in weight after pregnancy, the tummy tuck procedure would have to be repeated as the results would be lost.

  1. Is a tummy tuck worth it?

Tummy tuck is a highly sought procedure for reducing stubborn and untamable fat in the abdominal region. Tummy tuck is definitely worth the price for many individuals since it gives them a lasting result and much more confidence. It also helps many to lead a healthy life and continue to keep their weight under control.  

  1. Which is better lipo or tummy tuck?

The choice between tummy tuck and liposuction must be made depending on the fat deposition of the individual. If there are stubborn fat pockets and not an extensive sagging of lose fat, liposuction could be the better option. Since it’s a less invasive procedure, it can be safer and enables faster recovery.

  1. What is the best age for a tummy tuck?

Tummy tuck does not really have an age that is the most ideal. Anyone above 18 years of age without severe health complications, can consider tummy tuck. However, it is best advised for individuals in their 30s and 40s to get the procedure done, to enable them lead a healthier and confident life.

  1. Does a tummy tuck make your waist smaller?

Yes, a tummy tuck can reduce the waist size and give a flat stomach. Individuals would be able to go down a few pant sizes with waist-reduction post the procedure. 

  1. Does the tummy tuck belt really work?

The tummy tuck belts do give an appearance of toned abdomen but comes with the risk of rashes and skin irritability. If you are an individual with excessive abdominal fat, tummy tuck would not give you the desired results. 

  1. Is tummy tuck safe?

The tummy tuck procedure does come with risks since it is an invasive procedure. Excessive bleeding, infection, tissue damage, excessive scarring or keloid formation, losing skin sensitivity are some of the rare complications. It is important to understand if you are the right candidate for the procedure by discussing all medical issues with the doctor. An informed and safe decision must be made to ensure there is minimal risk and complications.

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