What is the difference in procedure and recovery between mini TT and full TT?

Im considering TT so want to get idea of diffeences between full and "mini" as to what portion of abdomen is involved and amount of recovery, as well as cost differential. I have emergency cc scar that runs from jist below navel to mid hip bone

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Full vs. Mini Tummy Tuck

There is a significant difference between a full and a mini tummy tuck.  The decision as to which procedure would be best for you requires an examination by your surgeon and a discussion about your cosmetic goals and trade-offs you are willing to make.  The primary difference between the two procedures is that the mini does not allow any muscle or skin tightening above the belly button.  If you have loose skin in your upper abdomen or weakness of your muscles from pregnancy then a full tummy tuck is probably what will be recommended.  In exchange for a more dramatic result is a somewhat more difficult recovery, more expense and more visible scarring.

Saint Louis Plastic Surgeon
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What's the difference between a "Mini" and a " Full" Tummy Tuck

Before diving into the differences between various forms of a Tummy Tucks which also vary by the way each surgeon performs them, we should first consider what we are trying to fix and reverse. 
If you have never been pregnant it is unlikely that your rictus muscles are very stretched and separated. As a result, if you do not have excess skin above the belly button you can get by by just removal of the loose skin below the belly button ( i.e. a Mini Tummy Tuck) and may even have Lipo of the tummy for even greater definition. 
However, if you have muscle separation and/or excess skin above the belly button a Full Tummy Tuck will correct all of these factors and better define your waist especially if combined with Liposuction of the back which will greatly define the upper buttocks creating the shelf and the V Zone where the upper buttocks diverge. 
With a history of a vertical C section scar I suspect a Full Tummy Tuck may be a better option since it will largely or completely remove the vertical scar with the excess low tummy skin giving you instead a transverse scar which if designed well could be hidden by most panties. 
Dr. Peter A. Aldea
Memphis, TN 

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck

Typically the difference between a mini-TT and a full-TT is the length of the scar on the abdomen which is related to how much extra skin needs to be removed. Without photos it is hard for me to say which you are a candidate for but the cost is slightly less for the mini and the recovery a little shorter. There is just less surgery required with a mini-TT. I recommend you be evaluated by a board certified plastic surgeon to get these answers finalized. Best wishes.

Erica Anderson, MD
Reston Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck

A true mini tummy tuck does not move the belly button, which would not apply in your situation. If you are a candidate, a full tummy tuck may remove the midline scar. Recovery should be similar to a C section.An exam and consultation with a plastic surgeon is recommended to discuss your options and expectations. 

Harry T. Haramis, MD, FACS
Montclair Plastic Surgeon
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What is the difference in procedure and recovery between mini TT and full TT?

Thank you for your question. Mini TT addresses skin and muscle below belly button and Full TT involves addressing skin and muscle above and bellow the Belly button. Please consult with a board certified PS for evaluation.

Ven Erella, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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What is the difference between mini TT and full TT?

Thank you for the question. Based on your pregnancy history and description, you will do best with a full tummy tuck operation.    Generally speaking, the “ideal” patient for tummy tuck surgery is one who has completed pregnancies, is psycho socially/emotionally/financially stable, has an excellent social support system surrounding him/her, is capable of arranging enough recovery time, does not smoke and who has reached a long-term stable weight.

 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. 

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck or mini-tummy tuck

Thank you for asking about your tummy tuck.
  • Most women need a full tummy tuck.
  • It removes excess skin and tightens the loose muscle. Liposuction is usually needed as well.
  • The incision can be placed in your C-section scar - or below it, with the Csection scar removed.
  • The mini-tuck is a small operation that ONLY tightens the muscle below the navel and removes little skin.
  • A tummy tuck takes at least 2 weeks for recovery - a mini-tuck a week but please don't choose your surgery based on the recovery.
  • Having a fast recovery from the wrong operation will give you a poor result and waste your money.
Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes  - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FAC

Elizabeth Morgan, MD, PhD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Mini vs Full TT

Thank you for your question. It would be helpful to provide photos. A mini TT only addresses the area of your abdomen below the umbilicus. A full TT will also address the area of your abdomen above the umbilicus. I find most patients require a full TT. The incision with a mini TT is shorter and the cost is less. The recovery from a mini TT is usually shorter but this can vary from patient to patient. I would recommend you consult with a BC PS who can go over your options. Best of luck

Christopher J. Morea, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 187 reviews

Mini vs full

A mini takes out less skin and has a shorter scar. It does not address loose skin in the upper abdomen as wel as a full. The pain and recovery are very similar. Because of you existing scar, you probably would want to go with a full. See a board certified plastic surgeon in your area to get a better idea of what to do.

Michael Hueneke, MD
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 63 reviews

Tummy Tuck

Thank you for your question. It is a very important one when deciding which procedure to ask your board certified surgeon about. The three main types of tummy tucks include the mini tummy tuck, standard tummy tuck, and the extended tummy tuck. The mini tummy tuck removes a smaller portion of the skin. This procedure is best for individuals with a small amount of belly fat that won’t be reduced by diet and exercise. The standard tummy tuck is ideal for both men and women who are in good physical health but have a mediocre amount of loose skin in the abdominal area. This form of a tummy tuck is suitable for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight, or are women who have excess fat and/or weak muscles after pregnancy. The extended tummy tuck is best for patients with a large amount of
loose skin on their abdomen, hips, and along the sides of their lower
backHope this helps,Dr. Newall

German Newall, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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