Mini Tummy Tuck or full? (photos)
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Mini vs full TT
Only have a mini if you would be happy with that.
What sort of tummy tuck should I have?
From what I can see from your photographs, I don't think a mini-tummy-tuck will suffice. It appears that you would be an excellent candidate for a full tummy tuck, that will involve not only removing the excess skin and fat, but also tightening of the tummy muscles to improve your shape.
I would suggest seeing some other fully accredited Plastic Surgeons for their opinions too.
Full tummy tuck
Thank you for your question. Often times the allure of a smaller operation leads to a lesser result. You need a full tummy tuck, unless the "pooch" above your belly button doesn't bother you.
Good luck, Beverly Friedlander, MD
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Mini Tummy Tuck or full?
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.