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Vertical Tummy Tuck vs. Regular Tummy Tuck?

How much would a mommy makeover cost that includes an undereye lift, breast lift and tummy tuck...and can someone please explain to me about the pros and cons of a regular tummy tuck and a vertical one.....can the scars become unoticeable...thanks for any responses

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Vertical tummy tuck

I assume the vertical part is in addition to a traditional tummy tuck that leaves a bikini line scar.  I rarely use a vertical component unless the patient has had massive weight loss or already has an upper midline scar.   If you have an average post partum tummy, I don't think adding a vertical component would be worth the additional scarring. 

Lisa Lynn Sowder, M.D.


Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Vertical tummy tuck

Whether or not you would need a vertical scar depends on how much excess tissue you have.Usually this is done in patients who have lost a tremendous amount of weight.You could do a tummy tuck and breast lift at the same time.the cost again would depend on the degree of surgery you would need.the fee for a lift is around 4000 and the tummy tuck portion4-8 or 9000 depending on the amount of skin to be removed.

Robert Brueck, MD
Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon
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Vertical Tummy Tuck Scar: Improved contour though visible scar

The vertical Tummy Tuck scar is applied to the abdomen with significant excess skin which cannot be removed with just "pulling down" on the abdominal skin, though effectively removed by central excision as well. This would be likened to tightening a corset and then tucking the bottom end into your pants. It is a very powerful procedure which can greatly improve the waistline, though the vertical incision can form a noticeable scar. It is perfect for a patient with a pre-existing scar. The other procedures described can be combined with this, though it will make out for a long day in the operating room.

Andrew P. Trussler, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Vertical TT

The vertical scar can be necessary if you have lost much weight and tightening up and down won't improve your waistline.  I've done this many times and the scar heals very nicely in the properly selected patient.  The eyelids really depend on what you need done for them and the pricing is far too variable to answer in this forum.  Good luck!

Ricardo A. Meade, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Vertical tummy tuck

A 'vertical' tummy tuck is a tummy tuck that has an additional 'vertical' scar. The purpose of this is to tighten the waistine like when you tighten a belt. The tightening involves pulling excess skin from the sides into the middle and the removing the excess. This additional step can have a great effect in the correctly selected patient. It is usually those that lost >100 lb that need this .

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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A Mommy Makeover Tummy Tuck Creates Less Scar Than A Massive Weight Loss Tummy Tuck

In the context of a mommy makeover, you likely only need a more conventional tummy tuck where the scar is horizontal. Only in the massive weight loss patient, where the amount of excess skin is considerable, would a modified tummy tuck be used that results in both a horizontal and vertical abdominal scars. (also known as the anchor scar) This amount of scarring is not aceptable or needed for most mommy-type abdominal problems.

Tummy tuck incisions

Commonly the tummy tuck incision is palced at the pubid level in a transverse fashion. If patients have massive weight loss, I may combine a vertical incision to take away some horizontal laxity.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck variations

I will only comment on the vertical tt.

I have never used this technique, as the scar tends to be wide after it heals, it is also imho, inferior quality all around vs. the transverse incision.  The transverse incision can be placed so that it is hidden beneath swim suits and underware.

I do a lot of massive weigt loss reconstruction, large, medium, and small, frame people, and have never needed to use this vertical scar.

Tummy tuck

A vertical tummy tuck is usually for patients who have undergone massive weight loss and are unable to get a tight closure with a routine incision.

Shahin Javaheri, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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WHAT IS a Vertical Tummy Tuck vs. Regular Tummy Tuck?

Regarding: "Vertical Tummy Tuck vs. Regular Tummy Tuck?
How much would a mommy makeover cost that includes an undereye lift, breast lift and tummy tuck...and can someone please explain to me about the pros and cons of a regular tummy tuck and a vertical one.....can the scars become unoticeable...thanks for any responses
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As we know people come in all sizes and shapes as do their tummies. As a result, Plastic surgeons have developed a varied set of DIFFERENT Tummy Tuck operations with each being designed to address the needs of different sized women (for the most part). Obviously, the operation required to flatten a 27 year old 110 pound / 5'7' mother of one and former cheerleader would not have to be as extensive as that of a 37 year old mother of 5 who lost 200 pounds after weight loss surgery and now weights 155 pounds and is 5'7" as well.

A FULL or EXTENDED Tummy Tuck removes the skin excess under the belly button and tightens the six pack muscles thereby narrowing the waist. This operation works well in most women who want their "Before Baby" bodies back. It will NOT work as well in massive weight loss patients in whom the skin laxity extends to the ribs and is especially seen in the midline after weight loss deflated a formerly spinning top shape. In these women, we have to remove skin from the midline by adding a permanent vertical midline scar from where the ribs meet to the transverse scar. Owing to the more work involved in this procedure (longer incisions, more skin resection and longer care after surgery), some surgeons will charge more for this operation.

Find out what approach would be best for you before looking at the dollars. You have only one body and one opportunity for "getting it right". So, choose wisely.

Dr. Peter Aldea

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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