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Mini vs. Traditional: Which Tummy Tuck is Right for Me?

The tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, has many different benefits and is known as one of the best ways to rejuvenate the stomach using surgical techniques. However, when considering your tummy tuck options, it’s important to know that you have a choice in which tummy tuck will benefit you best. Although Dr. Weider will discuss the right tummy tuck for you during a consultation, here are some things to keep in mind as you plan your consultation.

The Traditional Tummy Tuck

Sometimes called the Full Tummy Tuck, this technique is the standard tummy tuck that produces excellent results. This method is best for patients that have recently undergone major weight loss or pregnancy, since this method includes tightening of the underlying muscles. This can have many benefits, including greater support of the abdomen which can reduce symptoms like back pain or urinary incontinence. This tummy tuck, however, can be more invasive than the mini tummy tuck and require greater downtime and recovery.

The Mini Tummy Tuck

This tummy tuck is best for patients looking for improvement in fatty deposits and excess skin below the belly button. This method is less invasive and doesn’t require extensive downtime, but also doesn’t include muscle tightening. This means the mini tummy tuck is best for patients looking for rejuvenation of the lower abdomen and improved contours. Many patients prefer it because it can be a quick and easy way to correct slight sagging before beach weather.

Which is best for me?

During a consultation with Dr. Weider, you’ll discuss your goals for a tummy tuck procedure and which option will achieve your results. Generally, however, patients experiencing looseness and sagging because of abdominal stretching can greatly benefit from a traditional tummy tuck. Patients that want improvement of the lower abdomen without extensive surgical techniques and recovery can greatly benefit from a mini tummy tuck. In many cases, liposuction can be combined with either method for additional contouring and rejuvenation.

Schedule a Consultation

Your first step in your tummy tuck journey is scheduling a consultation with Dr. Weider who can discuss your best options and make a professional recommendation. To schedule a consultation at our Dallas office, contact us by calling or filling out our online form.

Tighten Up To Keep Your New Slimmer Body

After losing a massive amount of weight, it’s important to take the final step of body contouring through cosmetic surgery to remove the loose, hanging skin left behind by your formerly obese body.

Studies show that using plastic surgery to tighten your new body can not only give a much-needed boost to your appearance and confidence — it can also help you keep the weight off.

“Bariatric surgery has a measurably significant positive impact on patient illness and death,” explains Dr. Donna Tepper. “However, even with the technical and safety advancements we’ve seen in these procedures, their long-term success may still be limited by recidivism. There is a high incidence of patients who regain weight after the surgery.”

Weider Plastic Surgery offers a wide range of procedures for surgery after weight loss in Dallas, Texas, including body lift / tummy tuck,
facelift and neck lift, arm lift, breast lift, thigh lift and Brazilian Butt Lift.

Tepper and her research team from Henry Ford Hospital presented their findings at the annual conference of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. They found that formerly obese patients who lost massive amounts of weight after bariatric surgery were much more likely to maintain their weight loss if they had follow-up body contouring procedures.

The study followed 94 patients who had bariatric surgery at Henry Ford from 2003 to 2013, recording each patient’s Body Mass Index (BMI): a weight-to-height ratio used to determine degrees of obesity.

In the 47 patients who followed their weight loss with body contouring, 2.5 years after the procedure, their BMI had decreased an average of 18.24. The change in BMI was just 12.45 for patients who did not have followup surgery.

“As plastic and reconstructive surgeons, we are encouraged by the idea that improved body image can translate into better long-term maintenance of a healthier weight, and possibly a better quality of life for our patients,” Dr. Tepper said.

Examples of some of Dr. Laurence Weider‘s many satisfied weight-loss clients can be viewed in our body lift before-and-after photo gallery.

Contact Weider Plastic Surgery to find out how we can help you put the finishing touches on your new body.

Weight Loss AFTER Tummy Tuck

A recent study published in the February, 2013 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, which is the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, reports that undergoing a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) often leads to significant and long lasting weight loss after the procedure.  In the study, almost 75% of women who were overweight or obese prior to their tummy tuck procedure lost a significant amount of weight after the procedure and kept the weight off long term.


While the reason for the weight loss is not entirely clear, increased satiety seemed to play a significant role in the ongoing weight loss.  The women who lost weight had diminished appetites after undergoing tummy tucks.  The study’s author suspects that the removal of fat during the procedure suppresses appetites by altering the level of the hormones that stimulate hunger.


The findings from this study reinforce my belief that prospective tummy tuck patients should be near their goal weight, but they usually do not need to have reached it at the time of surgery. Continued weight loss often occurs after Plastic Surgery, which serves to improve results long after the patient has undergone the procedure.


During your initial consultation at our Dallas office, we will discuss your goals and create an individualized plan that incorporates your current weight as well as your ideal weight.  Should you wish to discuss tummy tuck or any other procedure, please call Weider Plastic Surgery today at (972) 566-8444.

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Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) vs Panniculectomy

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) vs Panniculectomy

I often find that the difference between a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and a panniculectomy is confusing to patients. It is understandable because the two procedures have some aspects in common but they are not the same. This distinction has become even more relevant because of the growing popularity of weight loss surgery.

The word panniculectomy means removal of the pannus. The pannus is the overhanging skin of the lower abdomen that typically occurs after major weight loss, pregnancy or both. A panniculectomy is a functional and not a cosmetic procedure. By this I mean that it is designed to relieve problems associated with the overhanging skin (pannus) that often occurs after a large amount of weight loss. The most common problems that may lead to insurance approval for a panniculectomy are skin irritation or skin erosion under the pannus and interference with typical daily activities.

A tummy tuck, which is also known as an abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure designed primarily to improve the appearance of the torso. It often also involves tightening of the abdominal muscles that are typically stretched out during pregnancy. Since a tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure, it is not covered by insurance.

From a surgical standpoint, a panniculectomy involves removal of the excess skin and fat under the skin (subcutaneous fat) and closure of the wound. While a tummy tuck also involves removal of the excess skin and fat of the lower abdomen, it usually is much more extensive and also entails the following procedures:
– release of the excess skin and fat all the way to the bottom of the ribs to maximize the tightening and contouring that can be achieved
– tightening of the rectus (abdominal) muscles as well as the fascia (fibrous tissue) that surrounds the muscles
– reconstruction of the navel
– liposuction of the flanks

Should you wish to discuss a tummy tuck or any other procedure, please give Weider Plastic Surgery a call at (972) 566-8444.

To Your Health,

Dr. Weider