Mini Tummy Tuck Less Painful Than a Full Tummy Tuck?

Is a mini tummy tuck less painful than a full, regular tummy tuck?

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Mini-tummy tuck pain


A mini-tummy tuck conceivably is less painful than a full tummy tuck because there is not the extensive undermining and certainly not the same abdominal muscle plication.

Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Mini vs. full tummy tuck


Make sure with your board certified plastic surgeon that you are a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck vs. a standard tummy tuck. Although the recovery and healing time may be less with a mini, you may not have the best results possible. A mini tummy tuck only involves work below the belly button. This includes the removal of loose skin and tissue compared to a full tummy tuck which involves rectus muscle repair and the removal of loose and stretched skin. Liposuction and a new belly button is also done to help improve the body's contour and look. There are very few women who can benefit from just a mini tummy tuck.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Mini tummy tuck and full tummy tuck pain quite similar


Both procedures are designed to remove excess skin and fatty tissue from the abdomen and to tighten muscles of the abdominal wall. The full abdominoplasty targets the upper, middle and lower part of the abdomen.

Mini tummy tuck is ideal for people who have excessive fat between belly button and pubic bone. Bulging in this area is due to accumulation of excess of fatty tissue, as well as flaccidity of the lower stomach muscles. The recovery time and the level of discomfort after the surgery would be similar in both cases; it takes about a week to go back to daily activities.

Usually, both surgeries are combined with liposuction, which allows better body contouring and better final results. During the consultation ask your plastic surgeon what is the best option for your body type. Both surgeries are best being performed under the general anesthesia or deep sedation.

Gregory Turowski, MD, PhD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Make sure your surgeon explains what his "mini" procedure is


In general, most of us define a mini-tummy tuck as a procedure which addresses the abdomen from the belly button down, usually with some tightening of the muscles and removal of excess skin. Some surgeons, however, will only remove skin in this procedure, leaving any bulge that you may have due to loose muscle behind and therefore not really changing the contour of your abdomen.

It's important for your surgeon to explain exactly what his plans are for your procedure and why he would recommend one procedure over another. If your belly needs to be flattened above your belly button, than a standard tummy tuck is the way to go. The discomfort is perhaps a little worse early on, but in the long run it would give you a better chance at the result you're looking for.

Good luck!

Dr. Salemy

Shahram Salemy, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Pain Following Full & Mini Tummy Tucks Are Not Excessive

The pain and discomfort from a mini tummy tuck should be expected to be somewhat less than a full tummy tuck.The actual difference however, is probably not very great.Fortunately, the pain in these two procedures is normally not excessive.If you are considering either of these two procedures then you should expect that your surgeon will provide you with enough pain medication to get through the recovery period.

John J. Edney, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Less Painful Tummy Tuck


All tummy tucks are now less painful due to a new medication called Exparel.  Exparel allows for the slow release of bupivicaine, a powerful local anesthetic, that provides pain relief for at least 3-4 days.  Exparel is placed at the time of surgery and allows for a quicker recovery and less use of narcotic pain medications in the post op period.

David Finkle, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Is a mini tummy tuck less painful than a full tummy tuck?


Yes, a mini TT is less painful than a full TT. A mini tummy tuck has a shorter scar, there is less undermining, and recovery time is much less.

Robert Heck, MD
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
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Mini Tummy Tuck


A mini tummy-tuck is generally less uncomfortable that a full tummy tuck for all of the reason listed. Make certain that your surgeon is a board certified plastic surgeon.  Best wishes!

Christine Sullivan, MD
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
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A mini tummy tuck may be less painful due to a less agressive muscle repair but the results may also be less impressive for the


A mini tummy tuck may be less painful due to a less agressive muscle repair but the results may also be less impressive for the same reasons. IT does not necessarily mean a shorter scar.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Minimizing pain after a tummy tuck


Typically there is only minor discomfort with a mini tummy tuck, as there is very little work done on the abdominal wall.  In our practice we strive to limit amount of pain even in a full tummy tuck.  To achieve this one needs impeccable surgical technique, long acting numbing medicine infiltration and pain pumps.  Make sure your surgeon discusses with you the optimum approach, as each tummy tuck needs to be individualized for optimum outcome.

Boris M. Ackerman, MD
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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