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What Is a Hybrid Tummy Tuck?

By Dr. Charles J. Galanis

What Is a Hybrid Tummy Tuck

If you’ve been considering a tummy tuck(abdominoplasty), but aren’t sure whether you need a full tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck, consider that there is also a third alternative: the hybrid tummy tuck. In this article, we’ll outline what a hybrid tummy tuck is, what the benefits are, and who is a good candidate for one.

What Is a Hybrid Tummy Tuck?

A hybrid tummy tuck combines the idea of a mini tummy tuck (with its small incision size beneath the underwear line) and the muscle tightening techniques used in a full tummy tuck. This helps achieve optimal results, especially for women who only have a small amount of excess skin as well as abdominal muscle separation (diastasis recti).

Hybrid Tummy Tuck Procedure Steps

Similar to its counterpart, the full tummy tuck surgery, the hybrid abdominoplasty offers comprehensive tightening along the entire abdominal muscles, including above the belly button. The technique also addresses the abdominal bulging that is associated with diastasis recti (separation of the ab muscles), which is common during and after pregnancy. Additionally, the procedure integrates loose skin removal to provide a smoother, sleeker appearance to both the lower abdomen and upper abdomen.

The following procedure steps apply to most hybrid procedures.Hybrid Tummy Tuck Near Me

1. Anesthesia

Anesthesia is administered prior to surgery. Most traditional tummy tuck procedures and hybrid tummy tuck procedures require general anesthesia.

2. Incisions

A hybrid tummy tuck makes a shorter incision than is required for for a full tuck. It is placed low on the abdomen (below the bikini line) and is similar to a C-section incision.

3. Muscle Tightening

Using specialized endoscopic tools, the fascia over the abdominal muscles is meticulously tightened from the pelvis to the sternum. This addresses diastasis recti and helps achieve a flatter, more toned appearance on the abdomen.

4. Optional Liposuction

Excess fat deposits around the midsection are targeted and removed using liposuction techniques.

5. Excess Skin Excision

A conservative amount of lower abdominal skin is excised to complement the tightening and contouring achieved with the procedure.

6. Incision Closures

Finally, the incision is meticulously closed.

What Will I Look Like After a Hybrid Tummy Tuck?

After your hybrid tummy tuck, you can anticipate a firmer, more contoured abdomen, addressing concerns like extra skin, stubborn fat, and muscle laxity. While initial swelling and bruising are to be expected (and may alter your results at first), you’ll gradually reveal a flatter, more toned midsection.

Take a look at some hybrid tummy tuck before and after photos to see examples of patients who have undergone this surgery. Most swelling goes completely away by the six month mark, and this is when patients can usually see their full tummy tuck results.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Hybrid Tummy Tuck?

The hybrid version of an abdominoplasty is best suited for tummy tuck candidates who have significant muscle diastasis but minimal excess skin. It is a surgery that is usually for thin and fit individuals — but those who may have carried children in the past or gone through a significant weight loss experience.

The procedure targets removing excess skin and fat between the belly button and pubic area, making it ideal for those close to or at their ideal body weight and in overall good health. If there is noticeable extra skin above the belly button, a hybrid abdominoplasty may not be the most appropriate option.

Additionally, remember that hybrid tucks do not change the belly button. Therefore, if concerns involve stretched skin or contour irregularities around the belly button, this may not be a good surgery.

FAQ: Hybrid Tummy Tuck Surgery

Here are a few tummy tuck faqs that are often asked:

Does a hybrid tummy tuck remove sagging skin?Hybrid Tummy Tuck Cost

Yes, a hybrid abdominoplasty will both remove sagging skin and correct separated ab muscles. A mini tummy tuck (mini abdominoplasty) will only fix flabby skin on the lower abdomen but will not address separated abdominal muscles.

What is the best type of tummy tuck?

The best type of tummy tuck depends on individual factors such as the patient’s amount of excess skin, muscle laxity, and aesthetic goals. Options include the full tummy tuck, mini tuck, extended tummy tuck, and hybrid tummy tucks, each offering unique benefits.

To determine the most suitable option for you, it’s essential to schedule a consultation with a board certified surgeon.

How much is a hybrid tummy tuck?

Ultimately, your hybrid tummy tuck cost will vary depending on factors such as the extent of correction needed, the surgical technique used, and geographic location. Some plastic surgeons also factor in the cost of your consultation, follow-up appointments, compression garments, pre-surgery testing, post-surgery recovery items etc.

To receive an accurate cost estimate tailored to your specific needs and goals, we recommend scheduling a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. During your consultation, your surgeon will assess your individual case and provide you with detailed pricing information.

Schedule a Tummy Tuck Consultation Today

Hybrid tummy tuck surgeries offer a revolutionary solution for achieving a firmer, more contoured abdomen. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Charles Galanis and his skilled team are dedicated to helping you realize your aesthetic tummy tuck goals with precision and compassion.

If you’re ready to take the next step toward a renewed sense of confidence with a hybrid tummy tuck, please reach out today to schedule your consultation appointment with Dr. Galanis. We look forward to working with you.



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