Mini or Full Tummy Tuck?

It’s a really common question.  “Do I need a full tummy tuck, or can I get by with a mini?”

Unfortunately, there is no right answer.  There are so many variables that go into deciding the right procedure for each patient, that it’s impossible to outline them all here.  If you’re wondering what the best option is for you, we’ve pulled together this list of things to consider.  As always, it’s best to schedule a consultation so we can help make the optimal plan for you.

A mini tummy tuck addresses the lower abdominal area, below the belly button.  If you have a little “pooch” which may have been stretched out after pregnancy that left you with loose skin in the lower abdomen, a mini tummy tuck might be right for you.  However, if you’re hoping to improve the profile of your entire torso, a full tummy tuck could be a better option.

Are you happy with your belly button?  The answer to this simple question can help define your course of treatment.  If you do like your belly button, than a mini tummy tuck can work for you.  But keep in mind that the procedure does not address the upper abdomen at all.

How big of a scar can you live with?  The incision made to perform a mini tummy tuck is generally smaller than those required for a full tummy tuck. 

What kind of recovery are you prepared for?  The time it takes to recover from a mini tummy tuck is generally shorter (like the scar!) than the recovery time from a full tummy tuck.

Is the area above your belly button bulging, or do the muscles seem separated?  Either of these situations is common after pregnancy.  If so, a mini tummy tuck might not give you the results you’re looking for.

The best way to determine the procedure that is right for you is to schedule a consultation in our office.  After an exam, we can discuss your desired outcome, and the best plan to help you achieve the look you’re seeking. 

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