Mini Tummy Tuck Vs. Full Tummy Tuck


Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is an excellent cosmetic option for the treatment of loose and excess skin of your abdomen as well as of its bulging. Depending on your specific concerns, goals and anatomical issues, you may be a candidate for either a mini tummy tuck or a full tummy tuck.

How do you know which technique is right for you?

Let’s examine both of these procedures.

Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck is designed to target lax and excess skin as well as bulging of the lower abdomen (below the belly button). The procedure involves the removal of excess skin and tightening of the underlying muscles if indicated. As a result of the limited area that is being addressed with this technique, a smaller incision is generally used as compared to a full tummy tuck. Furthermore, because this is a less extensive operation, postoperative discomfort is less and the general recovery period is shorter.

Full Tummy Tuck
A standard tummy tuck is employed in situations where there is excess skin both above and below the belly button that is often accompanied by significant muscle separation. The procedure entails the removal of this skin and fat along with repair of the underlying muscle layer with contouring of the abdominal wall. The result is a flatter, tighter, more sculpted appearance.

Selecting the Most Beneficial Technique for Your Needs
The procedure that would be best for you would be determined at the time of your consultation and is largely based on your goals and anatomy. Of course, the specific approach chosen would then be precisely fine-tuned in order to meet your needs and to provide you with the best possible results.

Dr. Steven Turkeltaub, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

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