Mini Tummy Tuck Scar Vs. Full Tummy Tuck Scar?
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Scarring Following Abdominoplasty
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Scars mini vs. full tummy tuck
You cannot avoid a scar for a mini or a full, but I am not a big fan of mini tummy tucks because most patients require tightening of the muscles above and below the umbilicus and are usually also bothered by lose skin above the umbilicus. These are all best treated by a full tummy tuck.
Mini vs. full abdominoplasty
Both procedures have to leave a scar, because the scar allows the surgeon to remove loose skin. Without a scar, the best a surgeon could do would be to firm up the muscles with imbricating sutures. A mini abdominoplasty will also shorten the scar to some degree, and may also spare having to have a scar around the belly button. If a scar had to be made around the umbilicus( belly button) it would not be to relocate or move the belly button. Having a scar is much less important than having the significant improvement that a tummy tuck would offer.
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Mini tummy tucks are rare
The postpregnancy tummy almost always has issues above the belly button and a mini TT does nothing up there. Consequently, it is a rare operation when patients are honestly counciled by a reputable plastic surgeon. Of course, all patients want to think "all they need is a mini" but they are typically deceiving themselves and so are their doctors, many of whom aren't even real plastic surgeons (they learn a mini at a weekend cousre).
The true tummy tuck addresses all of the abdominal issues, from muscle laxity to skin excess and has a scar that is only about 25% longer than a mini. So to get 100% improvement for a 25% longer scar is a good tradeoff in my opinion. You only want this done once and there are many patients out there who have made the mistake of getting a mini and now have a buldgy unattractive upper abdomen from pressing in on the lower ab muscles but leaving the uppers loose - like squeezing a tube of toothpaste in the wrong place.
Of, course an in person exam is required before any medical advice can be given...
Mini or full tummy tuck?
Thank you for the question. A mini tummy tuck will leave you with a shorter scar than a full tummy tuck. A word of caution: be careful you do not trade a better end result of surgery for a shorter scar.
In my opinion, the mini tummy talk 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. It is important for patients seeking abdominal contouring surgery to work with a well experienced board-certified plastic surgeon to obtain advice (based on good ethics and judgment) to improve their chances of a successful outcome and minimize the need for further surgery.
I hope this helps.
Scar in Mini Tummy Tuck
Thanks so much for your question! The scar in a mini tummy tuck is usually shorter than one for a full tummy tuck. Both are placed pretty low so patients are able to wear a bikni afterwards and still hide the scar. Thus, both scars have similar visibility. Hope this helps...best of luck!
Joyce C. Chen, MD, MPH, FACS
Scars with tummy tucks
Mini Tummy Tuck Vs Full TT scar
Mini-abdominoplasty tightens the lower abdominal wall skin only (shortest scar). Liposuction or an Umbilicoplasty can also be performed at the same time if desired.
Modified abdominoplasty addresses conditions usually below the umbilicus where the muscle wall and the abdominal skin requires repair. Variations of this procedure depend on each patients needs.
Standard abdominoplasty tightens all of the abdominal wall skin and muscles (standard scar). It also reshapes the belly button.
Extended abdominoplasty tightens the abdomen and the flanks or sides (longest scar extending around the hips/flanks towards the lower back).
Mini vs. Full Tummy Tuck
Mini tummy tuck scar vs full tummy tuck scar?
You should consult with a plastic surgeon at anytime to go over options to assist you in deciding which procedure(s) would be right for you. The mini tummy tuck has limited usefulness and limited candidates as it truly only addresses excess skin in a small area above your pubis. While the recovery time is shorter, the benefits afforded to you by a full tummy tuck are much greater and will optimize your result. The scar is often shorter than with a full tummy tuck. Best wishes!
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