27 years old, 4'11, 2 kids and loose skin. Should i do a full or a mini TT? (photo)
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Full most likely
Looks like full will do best for you. You appear to have laxity and muscle relaxation above and below the belly button. Best wishes.
Full vs mini tummy tuck
A mini tummy tuck is performed in patients with a pooch below the navel, but a flat stomach above the belly button. Only the muscles below the belly button are tightened and the extra skin under the belly button is removed. During a mini tummy tuck the belly button is not moved. You are left with a horizontal scar low on the pelvis that typically does not extend all the way to the hips. In a full tummy tuck I make an incision low on the pelvis from hip to hip. I loosen the skin all the way up to the rib cage and cut around the belly button. I repair the loose abdominal muscles and remove the excess belly skin. I then stretch the remaining skin down to the incision I made in the pelvis. I make an incision over the navel to bring the belly button through. You are left with an incision low on the pelvis from hip to hip and an incision around the belly button. Based on your pictures, a full tummy tuck would be more appropriate in order to address your upper abdomen as well as lower.
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Full or mini TT
Thanks a lot for the pictures , the condition of your skin : extra skin , remarkable strech marks , and laxity of muscular wall are special conditions that require a full TT , a mini TT will offer you also mini results with non sthetical final results . Your correct surgery will be a full TT
Full vs. Mini tummy tuck
Generally, most patients will achieve a better result with a standard, or "full" tummy tuck, especially if there is loose skin above the belly button. But you should be examined in person to get the best advice and to understand the pro's and con's of each. Good luck.
Full or Mini?
Thank you for the question. You would not be happy with a mini tuck. A full TT should give you a great result.
Full or Mini Tummy Tuck?
There are a variety of surgical procedures or combinations that can produce good results in patients with abdominal laxity, depending on multiple factors including their anatomy and degree of desired improvement: A mini tummy tuck, an umbilical float modified tummy tuck, a full abdominoplasty. Each of these can be performed with or without liposuction. They produce different degrees of improvement. Based on your photos, a full tummy tuck and selective areas of liposuction would produce the best cosmetic result.
Keep in mind, that following the advice of anyone who would presume to tell you what to do based on two dimensional photos without taking a full medical history, examining you, feeling and assessing your tissue tone, discussing your desired outcome and fully informing you about the pros and cons of each option would not be in your best interest. Find a plastic surgeon that you are comfortable with and one that you trust and listen to his or her advice. The surgeon should be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ideally a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). You should discuss your concerns with that surgeon in person.
Robert Singer, MD FACS
La Jolla, California
Do not consider a limited incision abdominoplasty
No question that you are a candidate for a standard abdominoplasty. With your degree of abdominal wall laxity and skin redundancy you need a regular abdominoplasty.
Mini or Full Tummy Tuck?
Thank you for the question and picture. Based on your history and photograph, I think you will do best with a full tummy tuck operation.
In my opinion, the mini tummy tuck is an operation that produces very limited results and is very rarely indicated. It involves a shorter incision but does not address the majority of the abdominal wall issues present for most patients who present consultation. For example, the area of skin excised is quite small. The abdominal wall musculature is addressed below the umbilicus leaving the upper number wall potentially lax. The appearance of the umbilicus is not necessarily addressed sufficiently.
For most patients who have had pregnancies and/or weight loss a full abdominoplasty is necessary to achieve the desired results. Of course, there are downsides (including a longer scar and probably a longer recovery time) but for most patients the benefits outweigh the downsides. It is not unusual to see patients who've had mini tummy tuck surgery present for revisionary surgery.
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