Whats the difference between a Full Tummy tuck and a Alveoli Tuck? Are the results just as good either way? What would you recommend for me personally? A full? Extended? Mini? Alveoli? Thank you, :)
What is a Alveoli Tummy Tuck and Who is the Best Candidate?
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Tummy tuck (TT) variants
Tummy tucks should be tailored to the patient's specific body type. Some procedures combine skin removal with liposuction, but be aware of who is doing it. Inexperience with combining liposuction with a tummy tuck can cause some pretty serious complications, so make sure you see a board-certified plastic surgeon who has plenty of experience with that particular procedure.
What is an Avelar Tummy Tuck
I think you are asking about an "Avelar " tummy tuck; which is a "lipoabdominoplasty". This procedure was developed in Brazil and is available in the USA. In brief, rather than separating the skin and fat of your tummy from the muscles below, liposuction is used to free the skin and allow it to slide down. The benefits are better blood circulation to the skin and less risk of skin loss, less chance of accumulating fluid under the skin(seroma), no need for drains, better liposuction contouring of the upper abdomen, sides and waist.
The downside is not everyone is suited for the Avelar TT. It works best for heavier patients and those with some hanging skin. Look for a surgeon experienced in both types of TT so that you get the best result for you body type.
Richard L. Dolsky, MD
Types of Tummy Tucks
There are many variations for every cosmetic plastic procedure, and each has it's own benefits and risks. It is best to let your needs dictate the type of procedure selected. See a board certified plastic surgeon in your area for a personalized consultation.
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