No matter how hard we exercise and diet sometime we have “extra” pockets of fat, “extra” skin, or a tummy that is not totally flat. A tummy tuck addresses these issues and gets the body/torso into “beach shape” by restoring and recreating the natural contour by: (1) tightening the tummy wall muscles to achieve the “washboard” flat tummy (2) sculpting a smaller waist via liposuction of the tummy, flank and back (All of my tummy tucks include liposuction of the abdomen and front flanks) (3) creating a “tight” tummy by removing the extra skin.
How long does the scar need to be? It typically needs to be the length of the excess skin. This determines the type of tummy tuck, i.e.: mini/modified, standard, extended or circumferential (all the way around).