Mini Tummy Tuck VS Full Tummy Tuck
During the consultation, our experienced surgeons help you decide whether to choose a full tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck. A full tummy tuck remains the most effective solution for correcting muscle separation, excess skin, and bulging of the upper abdomen. However, if your skin laxity is mostly concentrated below the navel, a mini tummy tuck can be a good option.
A full tummy tuck involves an incision around the belly button and another incision on the lower abdomen. During this procedure, excess skin and fat are removed, and the entire abdominal wall is tightened with permanent sutures. A mini tummy tuck is usually performed together with liposuction of the upper abdomen and the flank areas. With this procedure, a smaller incision is made in your bikini area and no incision is made around your belly button. Once excess skin and fat are removed through this incision, permanent sutures will be placed to tighten abdominal muscles.
A mini tummy tuck has some advantages such a relatively brief duration of surgery and shorter recovery time. Whereas a full tummy tuck typically requires 4 hours in surgery, a mini tummy tuck can usually be performed in about an hour. A mini tummy tuck also produces less scarring, which is located low enough to be concealed beneath a bathing suit or underwear. Nonetheless, a full tummy tuck remains the best option for patients seeking to correct flabby skin above the belly button which will not go away on its own and cannot be corrected with a mini tummy tuck.