One of the fears that patients feel when it comes to surgical operations is the after results which include scars. Since every surgical procedure that involves incision leave scar, patients become extremely concerned about the length of the scar. In the tummy tuck procedure, some patients prefer a mini tummy tuck compared to the traditional one. However, it is unavoidable to perform a mini tummy tuck especially if you have excess skin everywhere on your abdomen. Usually, the scar of the tummy tuck goes from hip to hip, which is the standard when it comes to tummy tuck scars. The reason is that most people’s skin has been stretched significantly in all quadrants of the abdomen.
If you are asking what a mini tummy tuck is, simply, it is a procedure that results in a much smaller scar than a regular tummy tuck. However, the surgeon cannot do a mini tummy tuck on everybody. This will depend on your skin. The more excess skin you have, the longer the scar. On the other hand, the traditional tummy tuck leaves a scar from hip to hip. There are instances that it extends all the way to the lower back in order to close the incision to avoid producing dog ears. If you try to cut corners because you want a shorter scar, the excess skin around the scar will bunch up on the sides, creating what is called a dog-ear. This is a very unsatisfactory and unappealing result of a tummy tuck, which any surgeon wishes to avoid at all costs.
If you are planning to undergo a tummy tuck surgery, you have to be open-minded and understand that scars are unavoidable in the said procedure. One of the things that need to be determined prior to surgery is more or less how long the scar is going to be. You have to accept the length of the incision required to remove all your excess skin for you to be a satisfied customer.