What is the difference between a full tummy tuck and a mini?
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Full vs. mini
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Mini VS Full Tummy Tuck
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A mini tummy tuck or partial abdominoplasty is best suited for those who cannot reduce the bulging beneath their navels or who have stretched, lax skin. Stubborn bulging in the lower abdomen is usually the result of weakened and stretched muscles from fluctuating weight, pregnancy and aging.
The ideal candidate is a male or female who has a slim midsection and only desires to change the shape of their tummy by reducing a limited amount of bulging or saggy skin. Understanding the patient’s goals is very important to achieving a customized procedure, which is why our board certified Plastic Surgeons will take the time during your consultation to find out what your expectations are and answer all your questions and concerns about a mini tummy tuck.
Abdominal wall deformities consist of three components:
1) The presence of wrinkly or loose skin with stretch marks. Most patients suffer from these issues as they age, following pregnancy or after rapid weight loss.
2) Excess fatty tissue. This accumulated tissue is usually most prominent in the lower abdomen and the “love handles”.
3) Rectus muscle diastasis. This condition results from the separation of the anterior abdominal muscles. Patients affected by rectus muscle diastasis cannot improve the condition with exercise because once the abdominal muscles have relaxed and separated, the stomach will continue to noticeably bulge.
A full tummy tuck works to address all three components, treating conditions related to the skin, fat and stomach muscles. The procedure repairs weakened abdominal muscles while also removing excessive skin/fat through tightening, surgical removal and, often, liposuction. Patients frequently lose a number of inches from their waist size as well.
I'd recommend booking a consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to determine what your options would be.
Full Tummy Tuck vs. Mini Tummy Tuck
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Tummy Tuck Options
Full Tummy TuckA full tummy tuck will address excess skin in both the upper and lower abdomen. Stretched abdominal muscles from pregnancy or weight gain are tightened, and excess skin is removed. The incision spans the hips just above the pubic region, and the resulting scar can easily be hidden beneath clothing and swimsuits.
Extended Tummy TuckAn extended tummy tuck contours the entire midsection including the back. The incision is longer than a full tummy tuck incision and can extend completely around the lower torso if significant correction is necessary. This option smoothes the abdomen and eliminates love handles and deep folds of fat on the back to provide an overall more slender core.
Difference between mini and full tummy tuck
In a mini tummy tuck, the amount of skin separation and muscle repair is only between the bellybutton and the location of the incision above the hairline. Only liposuction is done to the abdominal wall above the bellybutton and in the flanks. In a full tummy tuck, the separation of the skin extends not only to the bellybutton but around the belly button and all the way up to the rib cage. Not only is that area lipo-sucked, but the muscle from the bellybutton to the breastbone is likewise repaired in addition to the muscle below. If the patient has no skin laxity above the bellybutton and no necessity of fixing a wide muscle separation there as well, then she, in my opinion, would be a candidate for mini tummy tuck. Find a board-certified plastic surgeon in your region to discuss this with. Good luck.