A Quick History of Tummy Tucks & Modern Advancements

How well do you know your tummy tuck history? Like most forms of plastic surgery, the tummy tuck has evolved over the years as surgical tools and techniques continue to improve. As the art and science of the abdominoplasty has become more sophisticated, people are able to enjoy much more beautiful results than ever before. Today, the tummy tuck is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures around the globe.

A Brief History of the Tummy Tuck

The first tummy tuck in recorded history was done in France in the year 1890. Nine years later, the procedure made its way to the United States. The idea likely came from battlefield medical procedures performed on injured soldiers that involved stretching and adjusting the skin to protect wounds and help them heal.

We’ve come a long way since those utilitarian beginnings. Today, there are a number of specialized tummy tuck procedures, such as the floating tummy tuck. Let’s look at some more remarkable advancements in the evolution of the tummy tuck.

The Mini Tummy Tuck

A partial abdominoplasty, commonly known as a mini tummy tuck, is a great option for people whose fat and excess skin is located below the navel. The mini tummy tuck can usually be performed on an outpatient basis, and is much less complex than a full abdominoplasty. People with muscle separation, excess skin above the navel or those who would like belly button revision are not good candidates for the mini tummy tuck. Before the mini tummy tuck, even people needing minimal contouring did not have a more viable option than a full abdominoplasty.

Drain-Free Abdominoplasty

Perhaps one of the best things to happen along the tummy tuck history timeline is the advent of the drain-free tummy tuck. For many years, tummy tuck recovery involved the use of cumbersome drains to help remove excess fluid buildup. Dealing with drains is often the number one complaint people have about abdominoplasty recovery. Drains can increase the risk of complications, like clogged or kinked hoses. Tending to drains and keeping them clean can also cause a fair amount of stress, which is never a good thing when you’re trying to recover from surgery.

A drainless tummy tuck allows you to enjoy the full benefits of abdominoplasty without the added frustration of dealing with surgical drains during recovery.

Tummy Tuck Combined with Liposuction

A lot of people who are considering a tummy tuck would also benefit from liposuction. That’s because it’s rarely a problem of either excess fat or excess skin around the abdomen. For most, a combination of fat buildup and loose skin creates the undesirable look they want to address.

Having two separate plastic surgery procedures is a lot to take on. Not only will you have to physically recover from two separate surgeries, you’ll have to arrange for two separate recuperation periods. Having a combined tummy tuck and liposuction could save you money since you don’t have to pay twice for an operating room and anesthesia.

If you’re considering abdominoplasty, find a plastic surgeon who is experienced with all types of tummy tucks. Choose someone who can help you understand how different techniques can benefit you, and who makes sure you thoroughly understand your options.

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