I want a mini tuck, but I was recommended a full? (Photo)
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A tummy tuck can be done as a solitary procedure. Many times the results are enhanced by adding liposuction to the hip and love handle area. A tummy tuck is also done in combination with a breast augmentation in a mommy makeover.
Mini tuck vs full tummy tuck
As others have answered here, a mini tuck primarily address skin laxity and sometimes abdominal laxity below the belly button. It doesn't do much for looseness or muscle laxity above the bellybutton. A full tummy tuck handles this area better.
There are other variations that are less well-known depending upon your goals and time for recovery.
For example a full tummy tuck can be done without muscle repair for the appropriate patient.
A full muscle tightening can be done with a mini tummy tuck skin excision or sometimes with no skin excision.
There are more extensive kinds of abdominoplasty that remove even more skin in patients with massive weight loss and severe laxity
The best way to approach this would be to learn which option would best fulfill your needs.
A board-certified plastic surgeon can help go over the options with you and address your goals.
Mini Tuck Versus Full Tummy Tuck
What is your perception of the difference between mini and full? Is it the scar length? Is it the pain? Is it the recovery time? If it is any of these, then your perception does not meet reality. There is hardly a difference between the two with any of the above mentioned issues, especially with the advent of anesthetic infusion pumps, which makes abdominoplasty less uncomfortable than the liposuction that is usually performed concomitantly around the waist.
Much more importantly, what can be achieved with a full tummy tuck is far superior to a mini tuck. Although you say you just want the skin tightened below the belly button, what is your perception of the tightening you'll actually get? Specifically, if your lower abdominal skin becomes tightened, how will you feel about the quality of skin around and above your belly button? I have always been very careful to choose the right candidate for a mini tuck, with the end result of choosing 5% of my patients as 'good candidates' for the mini (the other 95% getting full tucks). Of that small group of patients, I have found their satisfaction rate far below the full tummy tuck group, most complaining of persistent skin laxity around and above the belly button.
Only a thorough consultation and examination will determine what is best for you. Please visit a few surgeons that have great reputations for abdominoplasties. They would not only be certified by the ABPS, but also members of the ASAPS, a very important additional achievement indicating their specialization in cosmetic plastic surgery.
Best of luck!
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I want a mini tuck, but I was recommended a full?
Find a board certified plastic surgeon who performs hundreds of tummy tucks and body contouring procedures each year. Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA
Full or mini tummy tuck?
A modified abdominoplasty with a floating of the umbilicus can produce a very nice significant result in many patients. All of the options will give you a significant improvement.The best option for you depends on the extent of looseness of your tissue above the umbilicus (belly button), since there is a limitation of how much tightness you can get with that procedure and still maintain a normal appearing position of the navel, as well as your desired outcome.
Following the advice from a surgeon or any other website who proposes to tell you what to do based on two dimensional photos without examining you, physically feeling the tissue, assessing your desired outcome, taking a full medical history, and discussing the pros and cons of each operative procedure would not be in your best interest. I would suggest you find a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ideally a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery that you trust and are comfortable with. You should discuss your concerns with that surgeon in person.
Robert Singer, MD FACS
La Jolla, California
Mini tummy tuck
Full tummy tuck not many will give you a better result
The problem with a mini tummy tuck is that first any loose skin above the belly button cannot be improved with a mini. This can result in a tightened lower abdomen but loose skin above the belly button which creates an abnormal appearance. In addition a many will pole your belly button lower which can also look abnormal. It is generally wise to follow your plastic surgeons advice if you trust the surgeon and have confidence in his or her expertise.