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Understanding the Different Types of Tummy Tucks: Finding the Right Fit for You

By Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery


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Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a transformative procedure that can help you achieve a flatter, firmer abdomen. However, not all tummy tucks are the same. Depending on your unique anatomy and aesthetic goals, one type of tummy tuck may be more suitable than another. In this article, we will explore the various kinds of tummy tucks, including the mini tummy tuck, classic tummy tuck, extended tummy tuck, reverse tummy tuck, fleur-de-lis tummy tuck, and 360 tummy tuck.

Mini Tummy Tuck

What is a Mini Tummy Tuck?

A mini tummy tuck is a less invasive version of the traditional tummy tuck, designed for individuals with a small amount of excess skin and fat below the navel and possible loose muscles. This procedure involves a shorter incision and focuses on the lower abdomen.


  • Shorter recovery time
  • Smaller incision and scar
  • Less invasive, suitable for patients with minimal skin laxity

Ideal Candidates:

  • Individuals with minor abdominal skin and fat in the lower abdomen
  • Patients with good skin elasticity
  • Those who need muscle tightening

Classic Tummy Tuck

What is a Classic Tummy Tuck?

The classic tummy tuck, or full abdominoplasty, involves a horizontal incision between the hips, removing excess skin and fat from the entire abdominal area, and tightening the underlying muscles. This procedure is often combined with liposuction to sculpt the body and target stubborn pockets of fat.


  • Comprehensive contouring of the abdomen
  • Significant improvement in abdominal appearance
  • Tightening of abdominal muscles for a firmer profile

Ideal Candidates:

  • Individuals with excess skin and fat in both the upper and lower abdomen
  • Patients seeking significant abdominal muscle tightening

Extended Tummy Tuck

What is an Extended Tummy Tuck?

An extended tummy tuck goes beyond the classic tummy tuck by addressing excess skin and fat on the flanks and lower back. The incision extends around the hips, allowing for more extensive contouring.


  • Enhanced contouring of the waist, flanks, and lower back
  • Comprehensive removal of excess skin and fat
  • Improved overall body shape and silhouette

Ideal Candidates:

  • Individuals with significant skin and fat on the abdomen, flanks, and lower back
  • Patients who have undergone significant weight loss

Fleur-de-Lis Tummy Tuck

What is a Fleur-de-Lis Tummy Tuck?

The fleur-de-lis tummy tuck is designed for individuals with extensive skin laxity, often due to massive weight loss. This procedure involves both a vertical and horizontal incision, allowing for the removal of a significant amount of excess skin.


  • Dramatic improvement in abdominal contour
  • Removal of extensive excess skin
  • Suitable for patients with significant weight loss

Ideal Candidates:

  • Individuals with extensive skin laxity and excess skin
  • Patients who have undergone bariatric surgery or significant weight loss

Reverse Tummy Tuck

What is a Reverse Tummy Tuck?

A reverse tummy tuck targets the upper abdomen. This procedure involves an incision along the lower breast crease, allowing for the removal of excess skin and tightening of the upper abdominal area.


  • Effective contouring of the upper abdomen
  • Ideal for patients with excess skin above the navel
  • Can be combined with breast surgery for comprehensive results

Ideal Candidates:

  • Individuals with excess skin and laxity in the upper abdomen
  • Patients seeking targeted improvement in the upper abdominal area

360 Tummy Tuck

What is a 360 Tummy tuck?

The 360 tummy tuck, also known as a circumferential tummy tuck/body lift, addresses the entire midsection, including the abdomen, flanks, lower back, and buttocks. This comprehensive procedure involves an incision around the entire circumference of the body.


  • Comprehensive body contouring
  • Significant improvement in overall body shape
  • Simultaneous lifting of the abdomen, flanks, back, and buttocks

Ideal Candidates:

  • Individuals with excess skin and fat around the entire midsection
  • Patients seeking dramatic overall body contouring

How do I know which type of tummy tuck is right for me?

The best way to determine which type of tummy tuck is right for you is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. During your consultation, your surgeon will assess your specific needs, goals, and medical history to recommend the most suitable procedure.


Choosing the right type of tummy tuck is a crucial step in achieving your aesthetic goals. Whether you need a mini tummy tuck for minor improvements or a 360 tummy tuck/body lift for comprehensive contouring, understanding the options available can help you make an informed decision. At Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery, we are dedicated to providing personalized care and exceptional results. Schedule a consultation with us today to explore your options and start your journey to a more confident, beautiful you.


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