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Mehdi Balakhani, D.D.S., M.D., F.A.C.S. is Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Christiana Care Systems and Director of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at St. Francis Hospital, Wilmington, Delaware. He has been selected by nurses and his peers as a top doctor in Delaware since 1992. Dr. Balakhani is Board Certified in both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery since 1983. He has contributed more than 20 cosmetic surgery instructional exhibits to the Medical Society of Delaware over the past 20 years. He has provided more than 200 educational seminars for public education in the field of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.


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Achieving a Trimmed Midsection: The Ins and Outs of Tummy Tucks

Are you considering a tummy tuck in Delaware to address stubborn stomach fat and achieve a more sculpted midsection? This blog offers expert guidance and transformative procedures to help you attain your desired contours.

Understanding the Basics of Tummy Tucks in Delaware

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal area while restoring weakened or separated muscles. It leads to a firmer and smoother midsection, making it an ideal solution for individuals struggling with sagging skin or persistent belly fat resistant to diet and exercise.

However, it is not a weight loss solution and is not recommended for women who want to get pregnant in the near future.

Key Features of Tummy Tuck Surgery

  • Skin and fat removal – The primary objective of a tummy tuck is to serve as plastic surgery for stomach fat as it removes excess skin and fat around the midsection. It is particularly beneficial for individuals who have undergone significant weight loss or pregnancy, as these factors often lead to stretched skin that doesn’t immediately bounce back.
  • Muscle tightening – Abdominal muscles that have become stretched or separated can be tightened during the procedure, contributing to a more toned and sculpted appearance.
  • Scar Placement – During a tummy tuck, we take into consideration where we place incisions. These are usually found low on the abdomen, often below the bikini line, to minimize visible scarring. The length and shape of the incision can vary based on the extent of the procedure.
  • Belly Button Adjustments – In some cases, we may reposition or reshape the belly button so that patients’ midsections have a more natural appearance after the excess skin has been removed.
  • Customized approach – Usually, plastic surgeons tailor each tummy tuck procedure to the individual needs and goals of the patient. These will be further discussed during the consultation.

Types of Tummy Tucks

There are several types of tummy tucks and choosing one over the other depends on various factors, including the amount and location of excess skin, the degree of muscle laxity, and the patient’s overall goals. Here are the main types for you to consider:

Full or Traditional Tummy Tuck:

This is the most common type of tummy tuck. It involves an incision made horizontally between the hip bones, typically just above the pubic area. We will remove excess skin and fat and may tighten the abdominal muscles. Take note that the belly button may be repositioned in some cases.

Mini Tummy Tuck:

This is a less extensive procedure compared to a full tummy tuck. It is suitable for individuals with a small amount of excess skin and fat, usually below the navel. The incision is shorter, and the belly button is usually not repositioned. It may have a quicker recovery time compared to a full tummy tuck.

Extended Tummy Tuck:

This procedure addresses a larger area than the traditional tummy tuck. The incision is often longer, extending beyond the hip bones. It is suitable for individuals with significant excess skin on the sides or lower back.

Circumferential or Body Lift Tummy Tuck:

This is a more extensive procedure that addresses the entire midsection, including the abdomen, hips, and lower back. It is often performed on individuals who have experienced massive weight loss, resulting in excess skin around the entire circumference of the body. The incision goes all the way around the body, similar to a belt.

Fleur-de-Lis Tummy Tuck:

This type of tummy tuck is suitable for individuals who have both horizontal and vertical excess skin, often seen in massive weight loss patients. The incision pattern resembles a “T” or “anchor,” allowing for removal of excess skin in multiple directions.

Tummy Tuck Cost and Financing Options

Understanding the financial aspect is essential when considering a tummy tuck. We provide transparent information about the tummy tuck cost when we have a consultation. We also offer financing options to make the procedure more accessible for individuals seeking to invest in their confidence and well-being.


Undergoing a surgery like a tummy tuck in Delaware is a significant decision, so it’s important to know what it is and what types match your goals and requirements. Our practice is committed to customized care for those who want a firmer and more toned midsection. Schedule a consultation with our practice today to learn more about tummy tucks.

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