Mini Tummy Tuck or Full Tummy Tuck? (photo)

Hello, I have loose stomach skin and was wondering which would be better out of a mini or full? I weighed 280 lbs and now weigh 180 but my stomach area still looks bad because of the loose skin.

Doctor Answers (13)

Procedure for tummy contouring


Its difficult to tell from your photos, but given your 100lb weight loss, I think you would need a tummy tuck or an extended tummy tuck.   A Mini-tummy tuck will not be a good option for you.  Please visit with a board certified PS in your area to learn more about your options.

Dr. Basu

Houston, TX

Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 117 reviews

Mini vs Full


You are a candidate for a full or possibly even an extended tummy tuck.  You have a great deal of excess skin and a mini tummy tuck would likely leave you dissatisfied with your result.

George John Alexander, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Mini tummy tuck vs full


The abdominoplasty procedure has been categorized into 9 different types ranging from mini to full abdominoplasty with liposuction.  

A lesser procedure referred to as panniculectomy removes the excess skin and fat without dissection much towards your ribs.

If flattening of the overhanging loose skin is your main objective than a lesser procedure may suffice. If you would llike to tighten the skin above the belly button than a more involved tummy tuck would more likely satisfy you.

Please consult in person with an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon prior to making treatment decisions.

Luis A. Cenedese, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

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As you see, you  have conflicting opinions.  I suggest you see your local plastic surgeon experienced in body contouring following weight loss and let him/her guide you through the decision process.  Nothing is more important than understanding your goals and expectations and having the opportunity to evaluate you and better understand what you are will to trade for skin removal.  There are lots of things to discuss so invest in a consultation and good luck!

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You will achieve a much better aesthetic result with a full tummy tuck after a 100 lb weight loss.  Based on your photos, it appears that you likely have skin and muscle laxity in the upper and lower abdomen.  Although there is a longer scar with a full tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck will give you a "mini" result.  Congratulations and losing and keeping off the weight, it is a great accomplishment! 

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Thank you for your pictures.  I would recommend a full tummy tuck to achieve the best body contour possible.

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