Full Tummy Tuck or Mini?

For women with loose abdominal skin resulting from either pregnancy or the gain and loss of an extensive amount of weight, a tummy tuck can give them back a firmer, contoured abdomen. A tummy tuck not only targets the abdomen, but also takes care of love handle or muffin tops. The procedure can be very satisfying for the patient.

Question is, do you need a full tummy tuck or just a mini?

Full tummy tuck

In a full tummy tuck Dr. Smith makes two incisions. The first runs from hipbone to hipbone, pushing down toward the pubic area. This incision is meant to be able to be hidden under a swimsuit bottom or underwear. A second incision is made around the navel. The skin is pulled downward up to give a smooth, flat, tighter contour. Sometimes liposuction can be combined with a tummy tuck if there are pockets of fat that need to be removed. If a good deal of skin is removed, Dr. Smith may reposition the belly button.

Mini tummy tuck

A mini tummy tuck involves only the lower incision on the bikini line. It skips the upper incision. Obviously, a mini tuck cannot address sagging and loose skin in the navel area.

A mini tummy tuck is a simpler procedure that will require less downtime, and creates one less scar. But it is not for everyone. Mini tucks are ideal for people at normal body weight, with just a small, lower belly pooch. If you have excess fat, saggy skin above your belly button, or have lost a lot of weight and have a lot of excess skin, you’ll need a full tummy tuck.

Obviously, you will discuss your options with Dr. Smith during your tummy tuck consultation. After examining your condition, the two of you may decide only a mini tummy tuck is necessary. Or you together may decide on the full procedure.

Call us at 843-705-8940 and let’s discuss tightening up your tummy with a tummy tuck.


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