Mini-Tummy Tuck vs. Full Tummy Tuck

The mini tummy tuck is smaller and less noticeable than incisions used for a full tummy tuck—there is just one at the bikini line. The goal of a full or modified tummy tuck is the same: to create a tighter, flatter stomach. Through a single, short incision at or above the pubic area that stretches a few inches across the lower abdomen, your plastic surgeon will remove excess skin, tighten the underlying slack muscle and perhaps use a fat-removal procedure like liposuction to further contour the area.

“A mini tummy tuck involves more limited tightening of the muscles and removal of fat and skin, therefore smaller incisions can be used, and in many cases does not require an incision around the umbilicus,” says New York plastic surgeon Lloyd Gayle, MD.

Regardless of what type of tummy tuck treatment is needed (go to tummy tuck for more information on all treatment types), the results from abdominoplasty or lipoabdominoplasty are quite impressive. “We can take someone who has a lot of loose skin and a protruding belly and make the skin and stomach completely flat, smoother and free of many of stretchmarks,” says Miami Beach, FL plastic surgeon Leonard Tachmes, MD.

“I typically recommend this procedure to those with no laxity or only laxity in the muscle below the belly button,” says Chicago plastic surgeon Peter Geldner, MD.

Recovery from a mini tummy tuck is shorter than it is for a traditional tummy tuck (as well as a belt lipectomy, for instance) but it is important to stress that this procedure is still considered major surgery. Post-treatment care is also easier as well. 

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