Full or mini abdominoplasty? (Photos)
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Full Tummy Tuck
Full or mini abdominoplasty?
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.
Mini or Full Tummy Tuck
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Thank you for question about a full abdominoplasty versus a mini abdominoplasty or tummy tuck. Typically patients who have had two pregnancies like yourself will benefit most from a full abdominoplasty, which will enable the surgeon to correct excess skin and fatty tissue, as well as tighten the muscle on the inside, for the most complete correction. A mini tuck would only involve removal of a smaller amount of skin from the lower aspect of the abdomen and would not permit the surgeon to remove the most skin possible or to tighten the muscle as much as possible. Therefore, the procedure you choose ultimately depends on the degree of correction that you want. Be sure and discuss with your board-certified plastic surgeon. Best of luck!
Full tummy tuck
Thank you for your question and photographs.It is important when looking for a plastic surgeon for a tummy tuck that you find one who is board certified to obtain the best results possible. From the photos you have posted and your pregnancy history, you do look like a candidate for a full tummy tuck to correct the loose skin and tighten the abdominal wall. During pregnancy, the diastasis muscle stretches out along with some weight gain. When I perform a tummy tuck, I tighten the diastasis rectus muscle which brings in the waist. I think you would be happy with the results from a full tummy tuck. If you are worried about the scar associated with a full tummy tuck, there are topical scar creams as well as laser treatments that can diminish the look of the scar and make it finer and less noticible. I hope this helps!
James Fernau, MD, FACS
Board Certified ENT
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Member of ASPS, ASAPS, ISAPS, The Rhinoplasty Society, AAFPRS, OTO/HNS, ASLMS
Mini vs full tummy tuck
a modified tummy tuck, removing skin and replacing the umbilicus might well give the best results. Seek a board certified plastic surgeon.
Best wishes and good luck.
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon
Full or mini tummy tuck
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