Have you been considering a tummy tuck? Many people don’t realize how many options there are for this procedure. Abdominoplasty creates a firmer, flatter stomach and can produce a narrower waist by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the abdominal muscles. The most important thing to realize is that this is not a one size fits all procedure. Whenever you’re considering cosmetic surgery, you need to find a double-board certified surgeon who is experienced in the surgery you’re considering. A highly qualified surgeon can present multiple options for your procedure and explain which options are best for you based on your aesthetic goals. 

What kinds of Tummy Tuck Surgeries Are There?

There are several different kinds of surgeries that can change the contours of your body. Today we’ll discuss the most common types of tummy tuck surgeries: the full-tuck and the mini-tuck. 


The full tummy tuck is what more people think of when they consider this procedure. This procedure is ideal for people who want to flatten the area above and below the belly button. This procedure typically requires a horizontal incision between the hip bones and the belly button. After the incision, your surgeon will tighten the muscles and remove excess skin. A tummy tuck is not intended to be a weight loss surgery, although liposuction can be used to reduce excess fat. This procedure is the best for patients that want to see a dramatic difference and have excess tissue and skin both above and below the belly button. This procedure makes a dramatic difference aesthetically but also comes with a significant recovery time. 


Sometimes diet and exercise are not enough to remove stubborn belly fat. As we age or after women have children, it’s common for our bodies to carry excess fat around the belly. Sometimes that little extra weight can make you feel unbalanced or out of proportion. 

The mini-tuck is designed for these patients. This procedure can flatten a slight bulge in the lower abdomen by treating the region between the belly button and the mons pubis. Typically, this procedure uses a small horizontal incision between the hip bones. The surgeon can then remove any fat deposits, tighten the underlying muscles and remove any extra skin. Since the procedure is minor, there is no need to reposition the belly button, and patients appreciate the shortened recovery time than a full tummy tuck. 

Which One Is Right For Me?

When you’re considering your options, we recommend booking a consultation. Sitting down with a qualified surgeon and asking any questions you may have will allow you to be well informed about your options and will build confidence in your decision. 

Practically speaking, the amount and location of any excess skin determine which type of tummy tuck is appropriate. And a good surgeon can help you understand what other aspects of your anatomy can affect your surgical results. (Such as the elasticity of your skin, scarring from previous surgeries, etc.) 

In addition to these factors, patients should also consider the placement of excess fat. While tummy tucks effectively reduce fat in front of the muscle wall, it does not affect the deeper visceral fat behind the muscle. Working with a double-board-certified surgeon is essential for these types of surgeries. Your doctor can explain the procedure options and help you understand what achievable results and what you can expect during your healing process. They can also recommend other procedures to help you achieve optimal results.

Why Should I Work With Buckhead Plastic Surgery For My Tummy Tuck?

Dr. Larsen is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience. The professionals at Buckhead Plastic Surgery put the utmost priority on patient care and surgical precision. Dr. Larsen and his team have years of experience in various tummy tuck procedures and a list of 5-star reviews from previous patients. Patients love working with the professionals at Buckhead Plastic Surgery for their kind, patient-first approach. When you book your consultation, he will examine the area where you’d like to be treated and present you with the best options available to help you achieve optimal results. Contact us today at 404.367.9005 to book your consultation and see what a difference Buckhead Plastic Surgery can make in your life. 

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Alan N Larsen, MD, Double Board Plastic Surgeon at Buckhead Plastic Surgery
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