Deciding Between A Full & Mini Tummy Tuck
When considering tummy tuck surgery, many people are opting for a mini tummy tuck rather than a traditional full tummy tuck. If you’re considering tummy tuck surgery to reduce your stomach ‘pooch,’ or to firm up some sagging skin, a mini tuck may sound more tempting and easy. But the best way to make that decision is to take into consideration how your body currently looks and your desired results from the procedure.
A full tummy tuck is a procedure that can last anywhere from 1-5 hours. It is ideal for people who have lost a lot of body weight and have a fair amount of excess skin, or for those close to, or at an ideal weight who would like to get rid of their extra tummy ‘pooch.’ It requires an incision between the pubic hairline and belly button, and another around the belly button. Excess skin is pulled down and trimmed off, while the belly button is positioned in order to look natural. During a tummy tuck you can also elect to have liposuction done, but this will be at the discretion of your surgeon depending on how long the tummy tuck takes.
A mini tummy tuck is ideal for people who are at an ideal body weight with little or no sagging skin. It is done with just one incision between the belly button and pubic bone, then the lower skin is pulled down to tighten the abdominal area. A mini tummy tuck like a full one, may also include liposuction.
Whatever procedure you opt for, be sure to speak with your surgeon first to discuss what will be best for you and your body.