At Pearwood Plastic Surgery, we understand that no two patients are alike. Through his years of experience, Dr. Murphy has perfected his tummy tuck techniques and custom variations to address an array of cosmetic concerns. Dr. Murphy will advise you on what will result is the most optimal results for your body and your desires*.
MINI TUMMY TUCK
The mini tummy tuck procedure focuses on the lower portion of the abdomen for those who only have lower abdominal contour concerns. This incision is the smallest of all the abdominoplasty techniques, allowing it to be well concealed under the pant line. The doctor will separate the skin from the muscles between the pubic line and the navel (belly button). This will allow him to tighten the lower abdominal muscles, and remove excess skin and any fat deposits that reside in this region. The navel may or may not be re-positioned depending on the needs of the specific patient.
STANDARD TUMMY TUCK
The standard tummy tuck addresses the abdomen both above and below the navel. An incision is made low along the abdomen from hipbone to hipbone as well as around the bellybutton. The abdominal muscles will be tightened with sutures in addition to removing excess skin. The belly button opening will be re-positioned for proportionate results. This technique is best for patients who have a large amount of excess skin or excess skin in the upper portion of the abdomen. Liposuction may be used throughout the upper and lower abdomen or flanks to remove any localized fatdeposits.
HIGH LATERAL TENSION TUMMY TUCK
Dr. Murphy has found that in order to provide optimal results for women, a high lateral tension tummy tuck may be one of the most appropriate methods for selected patients*. This technique is based on the finding that after weight loss or pregnancy, skin redundancy occurs not only in the central portion of the tummy but also in the flanks. Moving some of this excess tissue from the flanks towards the central abdomen improves the appearance of the flanks and waist*. The tissue is redistributed to enhance the recti (‘six-pack’) muscles creating a more natural shape that created by some techniques*. Wound healing problems and stretched scars are less likely as there less tension on the central abdomen*. With this philosophy, the midsection is kept feminine and natural-looking while providing smoother, more defined results.
EXTENDED TUMMY TUCK
The extended tummy tuck is similar to the standard technique. However, the extended tummy tuck requires a larger incision to address a wider area. The incision runs from one side of the lower back across the lower tummy to the other, covering not only the central abdomen but also the flanks. This is more likely to be required in patients who have a broader body habits or have undergone larger changes in weight. Failure to recognize and address excess tissue in the flanks can result in disappointment despite an excellent correction of the tummy itself. The abdominal muscles are tightened with sutures and excess skin is removed. Liposuction may be used to remove excess fat deposits as necessary.