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Which Kind of Tummy Tuck Is Right for You?

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Each individual seeks a different level of improvement from abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), and because individuals have different amounts of excess fat and skin, there are also several kinds of tummy tucks. Ultimately, when it comes to choosing one, Dr. Kelly Kunkel will recommend the best procedure that will get you the results you want with the amount of downtime that fits your needs.

Here is what you should know about the different types of abdominoplasty procedures.

Types of Abdominoplasty Procedures


A mini tummy tuck is an excellent option for women looking to make changes to their abdomen post-pregnancy. It is also ideal if you simply want a more toned appearance in addition to removing excess skin.

During this procedure, your surgeon focuses on the region of the abdomen just below the belly button. First, a discrete incision is created in the natural crease of your bikini line, then the skin above the cut is pulled downward, smoothing and tightening the skin.


Given its comprehensive scope, a full tummy tuck is by far the most popular kind of cosmetic abdominal surgery.

During a full tuck, there are two incisions: in the lower abdomen area and around the belly button. While the scars with this procedure may be more noticeable than a mini tuck, this method more effectively removes excess fat and skin from both your upper and lower abdominal areas. By tightening your abdominal muscles, this method can also help you achieve a firmer midriff.

Patients who have had significant weight reduction or are dissatisfied with how their bodies have altered as a result of genetics or age may all reap the benefits of this sort of procedure.


When a lot of skin has to be removed from the abdominal area, typically following extensive weight loss, an extended tummy tuck is usually recommended. During an extended tuck, a single incision is made, extending from the lower belly button to the hips, allowing your surgeon to tighten your skin all the way across your stomach.

An extended tuck differs from a full tuck primarily in that it also targets the area between the waist and the hips, where fat and skin tend to collect as “love handles.” Because of the additional procedures involved, it is important to consider that an extended tuck may take longer and require a lengthier recovery period.

Schedule a Tummy Tuck Consultation in Fort Worth, TX

People from as far away as Canada, New York, Florida, and California have sought out Dr. Kunkel as their plastic surgeon of choice. For 21 years, his fellow physicians in Fort Worth have honored him as one of the best in his field by consistently choosing him as a plastic and reconstructive surgery Top Doctor in Fort Worth Magazine.

To learn more about which type of tummy tuck procedure would help you achieve your best results, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kunkel by calling (817) 335-5200.

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