Mini tummy tuck
Full tummy tuck versus a mini-tummy tuck
The decision between these two procedures is all about the amount of skin above your belly button. If you have a lot of excess skin, you will need a full abdominoplasty and a belly button incision to reposition it. If you do not, we can perform a mini abdominoplasty and skip the scar around the belly button performing only the lower abdominal incision.
A mini tummy tuck addresses the “pooch” of the lower abdomen. In some women, the lower abdomen is particularly stretched with pregnancy, causing skin laxity and excess that is limited to the lower abdomen. A mini tummy tuck is an ideal procedure for these women.
Differences Between A Full Tummy Tuck And A Mini Tummy Tuck
- A mini tummy tuck generally has a shorter scar, although this is not always the case. The length of the scar is varied depending on the extent and location of loose skin.
- A mini tummy tuck generally does not address the skin or muscle above the belly button.
- A new belly button is not created in a mini tummy tuck.
- The recovery of a mini tummy tuck is generally easier. A patient is able to walk upright right away.
- The cost of a mini tummy tuck is generally less than that of a full tummy tuck.
Who Is A Good Candidate For A Mini Tummy Tuck?
The main difference between the two options for abdominal contouring is the amount of skin tightening required above the belly button. A mini tummy tuck is limited in upper skin tightening as the surgery is designed to elevate and tighten the lower abdomen.
Therefore, a mini tummy tuck is designed for a patient with limited skin laxity and muscle separation that is primarily located below their belly button. Often a mini tuck has a shorter and lower incision, but that’s not necessarily the case. The location and extent of your sagging skin will dictate the length of incision.