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Do I Need a Full or Mini Tummy Tuck

One of the most common questions amongst patients coming in for a tummy tuck is whether they can go for a mini tuck, or need a full tummy tuck. The difference in the two procedures depends on your body and the shape it is in, and your desired results.

A mini tummy tuck is the perfect option for those who want to get rid of a small stomach ‘pooch’ on their lower abdomen. Your doctor will make a small incision right around your swimsuit line so that it will not be seen. The length of the incision will depend on how much skin you need pulled down. Then, by pulling excess sagging skin into a taut line, your end result will be washboard abs. Excess skin is attached to deep inner tissue and any excess is cut away. Liposuction can sometimes be combined with a mini tummy tuck.

If however, you have a large amount of excess saggy skin or your upper abdominal an above the belly buttons also need tightening, a full tuck is in order. A full tummy tuck will change your stomach from below the rub cafe to your pubic bone. An incision is made in the swimsuit line, and sometimes a second one on the upper abs. excess skin and sagging are pulled down, and oftentimes it is also combined with some liposuction for optimal results. Just like a mini tuck, the result is nice, flat abs, though you will have more noticeable scarring.

Whatever your desired results, be sure to speak the procedures over carefully with your surgeon. You want to get the type of tummy tuck that is perfect for you, so you can feel great with the least amount of work and recovery needed!


Even if you are super vigilant about weight gain and exercise during pregnancy, your skin still gets stretched and your body shape changes. Losing weight through eating well and working out can help get the extra fat off of your body that was necessary for pregnancy, but sometimes there is that little extra that just seems to hold on! One way to get back your figure, besides careful nutrition and exercise, is with a Modified Tummy Tuck.

The Modified Tummy Tuck, a procedure by Dr. Cortes in PLACE is different from regular tummy tuck procedures, and it is especially beneficial to women who have been through a recent pregnancy.

Many times during pregnancy, the muscles in your abdominals can become weakened, or even separated. When this happens, it causes the tummy to pooch out, even after you lose weight, because the muscles cannot hold. Add on top if that the extra sagging skin you develop during pregnancy. The Modified Tummy Tuck fixes this by going beyond the traditional tuck and actually correcting the muscles underneath. This allows your muscles to properly heal, and hold the abdominals in again; making your stomach smaller and giving you better posture. If you have a long enough torso, you can also choose to have your belly button lowered. This allows you to have a less noticeable scar, and shortens your lower abdomen for flatter abs. Finally your skin is pulled tautly down as in a regular tummy tuck.

Regaining your pre-baby body again is possible! By repairing the abdominal muscles, you will ensure that you get your abs back in shape, while the tummy tuck takes care of the excess skin! By taking care of yourself with proper diet and exercise, and a little extra help from a Modified Tummy Tuck, you’ll be ready for that bikini again!


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