A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the stomach. The surgery may also tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. An abdominoplasty results in a flatter, tighter tummy.
Full Tummy Tuck:
When a full tummy tuck is performed, first, a horizontal incision is made just within or above the pubic area (usually within swimsuit lines) and extends out towards the hip bones. The length of the incision depends on the amount of excess skin that needs to be taken off -- basically, the more skin to be removed, the longer the incision will be. The surgery may also include a second incision around the navel to remove any excess skin above the navel as well.
Mini Tummy Tuck:
There is also such thing as a "mini" tummy tuck, which might be beneficial if you are wanting to improve the appearance of your stomach below your navel. This type of abdominoplasty only needs a short horizontal incision and no second, navel incision.
Fleur de Lise Tummy Tuck:
This type of tummy tuck is for patients who have high vertical scars and uses the pre-existing scar to pull in the skin from the sides as well. It is very effective for people who have had previous stomach stapling surgeries for weight loss.