Techniques – full, mini or endoscopic tummy tuck?

There are generally three different methods for tummy tuck surgery; full, mini (partial) or endoscopic abdominoplasty. Which method is used is determined by the patients prerequisite, needs and aims of the surgery.

A large tummy tuck involves the entire tummy area whereas a small tummy tuck treats the area from the navel and down.

There are also cases where one finds that other methods can better reach the patients goals.

Patients who have been recommended another procedure instead of tummy tuck are people with firm and elastic skin where the abdominal wall does not protrude and who want to remove fat from the stomach. Such patients are generally recommended a liposuction instead of tummy tuck.

Tummy tuck (full tummy tuck)

A full tummy tuck surgery is the most extensive method and also the approach that can achieve the most extensive treatment results.

The full tummy tuck is used on patients with an extended abdominal wall in combination with loose skin and fat accumulations localised in the area both above and below the navel.

Mini/partial tummy tuck surgery

A mini tummy tuck surgery is performed on patients where the troubles of loose skin, extended abdominal wall and perhaps some fat accumulations are located from the navel and below. The incision is shorter than with a full tummy tuck and the navel is not moved during the procedure.

Endoscopic tummy tuck surgery

An endoscopic tummy tuck involves using keyhole surgery to enter and sew the two longitudinal abdominal muscles together. In doing so a tightening of the abdomen is achieved. Only two small incisions need to be placed in the genital hair, alternatively a small incision by the navel.

The endoscopic approach does however not leave much room for correcting excess skin and is therefore quite unusual among european plastic surgeons and clinics.

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