Tummy Tuck or Mini Tummy Tuck?

With swimsuit season right around the corner, we are beginning to have more and more people come into our office with questions about tummy tucks. They want flat, smooth stomachs, and a tummy tuck procedure is a guaranteed way to get great results – particularly if it is paired with liposuction around the love handle area. For a drastic reshape and a tighter midsection, a tuck is the way to go. But should you invest in a regular tuck or a mini tuck? And what is the difference between the two? Keep reading to find out!

The Difference Between Full and Mini Tummy Tucks

While these two types of tummy tucks (try saying that three times fast!) may sound relatively similar, they actually serve moderately different purposes. Here are a few of the major differences:

A Full Tuck: The Full Tummy Tuck, (technically called a full abdominoplasty) treats muscle separation above and below the belly button. It also treats loose or excessive skin in the stomach. As such, it is really two separate procedures: muscle repair and skin removal. This skin removal can be especially advantageous for people who have several stretch marks and skin folds, but patients should be aware that a full tuck will likely result in a scar. The scar typically runs from hipbone to hipbone and up to the belly button. Even so, our patients find the results worth the minor scarring.

A Mini Tuck: Because it only deals with the lower muscles and not the upper abdomen, a mini tuck (mini abdominoplasty) is slightly less invasive than a full tuck. After the procedure, the skin is pulled down and trimmed. This creates a small scar that hides under the bikini line, which is an attractive idea for many patients. A mini tuck is not for everyone, however. It is primarily a muscle tightening procedure that treats the lower belly “pooch” by tightening the lower abdominal muscles. It does not tighten the upper abdomen or address extra skin, so it is not effective for everyone.

Which Option is Right for You?

Ultimately, the right procedure is dependent upon your goals. If your belly button and the skin and muscles in your upper abdomen are stretched and loose – or if you have severe stretch marks that you would like to say goodbye to – you may want to go with a full tuck procedure. If you simply desire a tighter lower abdomen, a mini tuck could be for you. You should always make your decision after an examination with a board-certified Plastic Surgeon. At Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center of El Paso, we have several qualified medical professionals who will be able to help you discern which choice is best for you. We are here to help you be confident in your own skin! Contact us today for more information.

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