Tummy Tuck vs. Mini Tummy Tuck?
“The full tummy tuck – Suitable for healthy men and women who have weakened abdominal muscles or excessive skin around their midsections, the full tummy tuck is ideal for people who want to flatten the area above and below the belly button. Also called a traditional or standard tummy tuck, this procedure requires a horizontal incision between the hipbones and often an incision around the umbilicus (belly button). During the surgery, the plastic surgeon tightens the muscles and pulls down the skin over the stomach, removing the excess. While a tummy tuck is not intended to be a weight-loss surgery, liposuction can be used during the procedure to contour and reduce excess fat. Once the desired contours have been established, the surgeon repositions the belly button and closes the incision. The typical recovery period is about two weeks long.”
“The mini tummy tuck – Sometimes, even slender people are plagued by a stubborn belly pooch that no amount of dieting and exercising will erase. The mini tummy tuck is designed for exactly this situation. It flattens out a small bulge in the lower abdomen by treating the region between the mons pubis and the belly button. A small horizontal incision is made between the hipbones in the area that would normally be covered by a bikini bottom, allowing the surgeon to tighten the underlying muscles and excise extra skin. If necessary, liposuction can be utilized to remove fat deposits before the surgeon closes the incision. Since the scope of this procedure is smaller than a standard tummy tuck, there is no need to reposition the belly button, and patients generally enjoy a quicker recovery. The downside is that the areas of excess skin, fat and muscle laxity above the umbilicus are not altered. Most are able to return to their normal activities in a week or so.”
What’s a Mini Tummy Tuck vs. Regular Tummy Tuck?
“A mini abdominoplasty ([mini] tummy tuck) is limited to supra-pubic skin removal (skin above the pubic area) and fat removal using liposuction. The patient must have minimal to moderate skin redundancy, a small amount of abdominal fat, and minor to moderate muscle flaccidity. The surgeon aspirates the abdominal fat, removes the supra-pubic skin redundancy, and in cases of muscle flaccidity, the medial part of the abdominal skin is removed. Finally the skin is sutured with the umbilicus preserved.”