Which Tummy Tuck Is Right For You?

Depending on the extent of your particular problems, there are a variety of tummy tuck options that treat different degrees of muscle and skin laxity. All of these procedures require an incision in the hair of the pubic region, and the more limited variations leave shorter scars. The good news for women who've had cesarean sections is that your plastic surgeon can either use or remove that incision site while performing the tummy tuck, so you're still only left with one scar. Abdominal procedures, in particular, come with somewhat of an uncomfortable recovery, and limitations as to what you can lift, so make sure to arrange for adequate help around the house after undergoing any sort of tummy tuck surgery, like the options below.

Full Tummy Tuck
The most commonly performed type of tummy tuck, the full or traditional tummy tuck requires a hip-to-hip incision in order to tighten the entire abdomen and remove extra skin (and the stretch marks that reside there) in the front. Women who gain an excessive amount of weight during pregnancy may also be left with extra skin on the sides of the abdomen, which may require a more extensive body lift procedure.

Hybrid Tummy Tuck
This modified tummy tuck uses a C-section-like incision to treat bulging muscle and tighten the entire abdomen, but it does not address significant excess skin.

Mini-Tuck
This mini-tummy tuck uses a C-section-like incision to tighten muscle and limited amounts of extra skin on the lower abdomen only.

Lipoabdominoplasty
Relatively new to the United States (it was developed in Brazil), lipoabdominoplasty targets all of the major post-pregnancy belly problems: extra skin, fat and loose muscle. This variation of the tummy tuck uses more liposuction and less skin lifting, which may lead to better outcomes and improved healing in certain patients.