Full vs Mini Tummy Tuck By Joseph M. Brown, MD, FACS on February 22, 2022

A tummy tuck can be a life-changing procedure. For individuals with large amounts of excess skin, damaged abdominal muscles, or pockets of stubborn fat, a tummy tuck can help to restore confidence as well as function. However, it isn’t a one-size-fits-all situation. Let's look at a full vs mini tummy tuck.

Full vs Mini Tummy Tuck

When you meet your board-certified surgeon to discuss having plastic surgery, you will need to know whether you are more interested in a full tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck. Both procedures can be used to achieve great results, but they cater to different needs. Luckily, this helpful guide can get you started.

The Mini Tummy Tuck

  • Intensity: A mini tummy tuck is less invasive than a traditional tummy tuck. It is typically an in-office procedure, but that doesn’t mean you’ll bounce right back. The recovery period after a mini tummy is generally about six weeks long.
  • Intention: This procedure only addresses the area between the belly button and the pubic bone. It proves ideal for men and women who nearly have reached ideal weight. But continue to struggle with small collections of fat or excess skin right above the pubic region.
  • Bonuses: Your mini tummy tuck can also be used to remove small pieces of excess skin. In some cases, this may enable your surgeon to reduce the appearance of stretch marks by selectively removing the most affected areas of your skin.
Additionally, if your lower abdominal muscles have been stretched or torn as a result of pregnancy your surgeon can stitch them back together. This may cause a little more discomfort during recovery, but it can help to improve the shape of your lower waste.

The Traditional Tummy Tuck

  • Intensity: A full tummy tuck is a more involved procedure that targets the entire abdomen. During a traditional tummy tuck, your surgeon will remove excess fat and skin while also repairing stretched or damaged connective tissue and muscle. The first six weeks of recovery will require you to move very carefully while avoiding specific positions. The overall recovery can last several months.
  • Intention: A traditional tummy tuck is designed to be a full abdominal overhaul. By repairing the structural integrity of your abdominal wall and selectively removing excess fat and skin to remove stretch marks where possible, your surgeon is doing everything they can to give you the trim and tone body you want.
  • Bonuses: Excess weight gain and pregnancy can wreak havoc on your posture and the shape of the muscles at your waist. A tummy tuck can help to pull those muscles back into place. This can give you a slimmer waist and better support for proper posture.

Is a Tummy Tuck Right for You?

Before you go rushing off to talk to your surgeon at Tampa Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery, it is important to ensure you’re a good candidate for one of these procedures. Tummy tuck candidates should be within 5 to 10 pounds of their ideal weight before undergoing the procedure. Exceptions may occur if the candidate has large amounts of excess skin that artificially affect the number on the scale.

Candidates having a tummy tuck to correct the effects of pregnancy should remain at least six months postpartum. However, many providers will suggest waiting a full year. It can prove frustrating. But it gives your body the time it needs to recover. During this time, skin will continue to shrink back to normal and your weight should normalize. Your surgeon may also suggest delaying your tummy tuck if you plan to become pregnant again. Ultimately, that is up to you.

Going Ahead with the Tummy Tuck

Now that you know a little more about the different types of tummy tucks, you’re ready to start a conversation with your plastic surgeon. Their recommendations may be slightly different based on your individual case. But together you can find a solution that will give you the results you want.

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Plastic Surgery

A board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Joseph M. Brown strives to provide patients with transformative, yet natural results in a safe and comfortable environment. When you choose him as your provider, he will develop a patient-doctor relationship based on honesty, trust, and a clear understanding of a common goal. He is affiliated with organizations such as the:

  • American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
  • Florida Medical Association
  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Surgeons

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