Types of Tummy Tucks

Serving Fort Collins, Northern Colorado and Nearby Areas of Cheyenne, Wyoming and Nebraska


When excess skin and fat in the abdominal area does not respond to exercise or an otherwise healthy lifestyle, a tummy tuck can remove this stubborn fat and skin. There are various tummy tuck techniques adapted for our patients' individual goals:

  • Standard tummy tuck
  • Mini tummy tuck
  • Circumferential tummy tuck

When choosing a tummy tuck technique, you and Dr. Gonyon will discuss influencing factors such as the amount of excess fat and skin, the tightness or looseness of the abdominal muscles, and your unique cosmetic goals for your abdominal area. To schedule a consultation, please call Gonyon Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery at (970) 624-7979.

Standard Tummy Tuck

The standard, or traditional tummy tuck, removes loose, sagging skin and excess fat across the abdominal area. A long incision is made across the lower abdomen. If the muscles lying vertically across the abdomen are stretched and separated, then Dr. Gonyon will tighten them with sutures. Abdominal fat and skin is reshaped and repositioned, and then excess abdominal skin is removed.

Mini Tummy Tuck

For only minimal sagging and excess fat of the abdominal area, a mini tummy technique may be used. In this technique, a much smaller incision is made in the area below the navel. Using this incision, Dr. Gonyon can remove a smaller area of moderate sagging below the naval. Tightening of the abdominal muscles may or may not be performed, depending on the condition of your muscles and your goals.

Circumferential Tummy Tuck

Some tummy tuck candidates have sagging skin not only around the abdomen, but also around the sides of the lower back. This more extensive skin sagging may be eliminated with an extended or "circumferential" tummy tuck. Using a slightly longer incision than the other techniques, Dr. Gonyon can remove the excess fat and skin extending from the abdomen around to the lower back.

For any of these techniques, liposuction may be used in conjunction to achieve the optimal result.

If you want to know if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck and live in Fort Collins, Longmont, Loveland, Greeley or the surrounding areas and regions, please contact Gonyon Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery through the online form on this page, or call (970) 624-7979 to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Denis Gonyon.