Would I need a tummy tuck full or mini? (photos)
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Would I need a tummy tuck full or mini?
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 the vast majority of patients who have had pregnancies and/or weight loss a full abdominoplasty is necessary to achieve the desired results. When the time is right, seek consultation with board-certified plastic surgeons who can demonstrate significant experience helping patients achieve the types of outcomes you would be pleased with. You may find the attached link, dedicated to tummy tuck surgery concerns, helpful to you as you learn more. Best wishes.
Based on your photos it appears you would most benefit from a full tummy tuck. You are not an ideal candidate for the mini tuck. You may be able to combine the procedure with some of the others that you are considering. I would recommend a visit to a board certified plastic surgeon for a consultation. She can review the procedures with you and work toward reaching your surgical goals.
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