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What is the Difference Between a Full Tummy Tuck and a Mini Tummy Tuck?

The tummy tuck ranks among the top 5 most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in the U.S. Each year, over 130,000 patients choose tummy tucks to enjoy both the aesthetic and medical benefits of a tighter, slimmer waistline.

For some patients, though, a full tummy tuck may not be necessary. In these cases, a mini tummy tuck, which is a less-invasive procedure, may be the ideal solution.

But what are the differences between a full tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck?

Full Tummy Tuck

A full tummy tuck is a surgical procedure aimed at removing considerable amounts of skin from the lower and mid abdominal regions, while also tightening the musculature of the abdomen.

Particularly for new mothers after pregnancy (many of whom benefit from a complete mommy makeover) or those who have experienced significant weight loss, separation, and weakening of the abdominal muscles can lead to medical concerns such as poor posture, a weak bladder, and hernias. A full tummy tuck solves these issues by rejoining the separated muscle wall.

For other patients who have recently lost a considerable amount of weight, there will be excess skin around the mid and lower abdomen. A full tummy tuck removes excess skin and fatty tissue, tightens the abdomen, and creates a new bellybutton. The operation requires an incision from hip bone to hip bone.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck involves removing skin from only below the belly button, which tightens and smooths the area without addressing the abdominal muscles. This is achieved by excising and folding small amounts of skin between the belly button and hipline to improve skin tension and texture.

Because less is removed in a mini tummy tuck, the incision is about 6-12 inches shorter than in a full tummy tuck.

A mini tummy tuck’s benefits are less dramatic than those of a full tummy tuck. However, the scarring and recovery time required after a full tummy tuck are more significant. Ultimately, choosing the right procedure depends on the needs and concerns of each individual patient.

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At Art Plastic Surgery in Paramus, NJ, we are highly experienced in guiding patients towards procedures that will give them the best results. We have only done our job when patients are healthy and satisfied with their results.

If you are unsure about whether a full tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck is the option for you, then please don’t hesitate to contact us at Art Plastic Surgery at 201 251 6622 or fill out our online form to arrange your consultation today.