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Abdominoplasty, also known as the tummy tuck, is favored by patients who want to flatten and tone their stomach area. The surgical procedure calls for the removal of excess skin and the tightening of muscles surrounding the abdomen. It has been shown to strengthen both the confidence and the midsections of women and men alike. Our skilled surgeon, Thomas F. Mitts, M.D., is happy to discuss the different forms of tummy tuck and determine whether you are a good candidate for a customized procedure.

Types of Tummy Tuck Surgery

Traditional: A traditional tummy tuck involves the removal of excess skin and fatty tissue in men and women who wish to contour the abdomen and midsection. The procedure targets the area both above and below the navel.

Mini: This type of abdominoplasty is best suited for patients with only a small amount of excess or sagging skin to sculpt.It is commonly referred to as the “scarless tummy tuck” and focuses on the area below the navel.

Endoscopic: This minimally invasive surgery is ideal for patients who would like to rid themselves of a small amount of excess skin from the abdominal area and tighten the abdominal muscles. Special surgical instruments are used to promote quicker healing, less scarring, and lower risk of swelling or bruising.

Circumferential: A more invasive type of tummy tuck, circumferential is appropriate for those who require the removal of a significant amount of excess skin and fat around the midsection. Dr. Mitts suggests this procedure for patients who have undergone dramatic weight loss.

Extended: This procedure treats the love handles and hips in addition to targeting excess abdominal skin and fat.

Are You a Good Tummy Tuck Candidate?

If you are interested in abdominoplasty, we recommend you reach out to Dr. Mitts; he has the experience needed to determine which procedure is right for you. An ideal candidate will be of healthy weight and demonstrate one or more of the following desires:

  • to eliminate loose or saggy skin
  • to remove excessive fatty tissue
  • to tighten underlying abdominal muscles that have weakened or separated

These factors may have developed as a result of weight loss, pregnancy, heredity, or the natural aging process.

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If you would like more information about the tummy tuck procedure, contact the practice of Dr. Mitts today. A member of our team will promptly schedule your abdominoplasty consultation with our trusted plastic surgeon.


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609 West Acequia Ave
Visalia, CA 93291
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