The Mini Tummy Tuck vs. the Full Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck, or mini abdominoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that tightens loose skin on the lower abdomen. The main difference between a full tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck is that it can be done on an outpatient basis. It also leaves a smaller scar and doesn’t involve the navel. A regular tummy tuck, on the other hand, tightens both the upper and lower abdomen, and results in a larger scar. It also requires anesthesia, while a mini tuck can be done on an outpatient basis.
Benefits of the Mini Tummy Tuck
If you’re within 10 percent of your ideal body weight, a mini tuck may be all that you need to feel your best. It is less invasive than a full tummy tuck, and recovery time is quicker, too. Often, your surgeon will combine the tuck with liposuction to remove excess fat from the abdominal area. A full tuck requires an incision around the navel and across the lower abdomen, while a mini tuck doesn’t harm the navel, and it leaves a smaller scar that’s similar to that of a C section during pregnancy. It’s a long lasting procedure, as well.
Drawbacks of the Mini Tummy Tuck
While there are many benefits to the mini tummy tuck, it has some drawbacks, too. Many plastic surgeons believe that while the scar is only half that of a full tummy tuck, patients only get about 25 percent of the results of a full tummy tuck. In addition, the mini tuck only addresses tightening the lower abdomen, and does not tighten the upper abdomen at all. If your body weight is more that 20 percent over your ideal weight, a mini tuck isn’t for you, either. Your doctor should recommend a full tummy tuck to address more extensive tightening of your abdominal muscles.
A Good Candidate for Surgery
You should be close to your ideal body weight (no more than 30 percent over your ideal weight), and your weight should be stable for at least six months. You should have good elastic skin and good skin tone, and you should have realistic expectations about what to expect from your surgery. You should be emotionally stable, and you should discuss the risks of any plastic surgery with your doctor. If you are losing a large amount of weight, or may have future pregnancies, you should wait to have a mini tummy tuck. Remember to check with your medical professional for more information on any cosmetic or plastic surgery procedures.