Josh Olson, M.D.

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From Mini to Extended: Learn the Range of Tummy Tuck Procedures

Loose abdominal skin comes in many forms. That’s why there isn’t just one form of tummy tuck. At my Scottsdale-area practice, I offer 4 main tummy tuck techniques:

  • Partial abdominoplasty: Also called a mini tummy tuck, this technique uses the most conservative approach. It’s a good option for stretched skin and muscles beneath the belly button only and when the belly button doesn’t need to be repositioned.
  • Full abdominoplasty: This traditional tummy tuck procedure provides a more comprehensive solution when the whole abdomen has stretched muscles and skin laxity. This is common after pregnancy or extensive weight loss.
  • Lipoabdominoplasty: This is the latest modification of a full abdominoplasty. Liposuction is used concurrently to further sculpt the patient’s hips, back, and the remaining abdominal wall. Sometimes referred to as the Brazilian tummy tuck, this technique can give the best outcome for the majority of our patients.
  • Circumferential abdominoplasty: This extended abdominoplasty is most common for people who have experienced massive weight loss. When people lose a lot of weight, loose skin can encompass the entire midsection and the lower body. People who have loose skin in the thighs, buttocks, hips, waist, lower back, and abdomen can benefit from this option.

Other body contouring options, such as liposuction, might also be effective for patients interested in tummy tuck surgery. Liposuction is commonly used in conjunction with a tummy tuck.


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