As one of the top 5 aesthetic procedures in the U.S., the tummy tuck provides both functional and cosmetic benefits to over 130,000 patients every year.
A full tummy tuck involves making an incision along the lower abdomen from hip bone to hip bone, through which musculature is tightened and excess abdominal skin is excised.
For some patients, a full tummy tuck is necessary to address medical and aesthetic concerns. However, for others needing less drastic changes, a full tummy tuck may be excessive. The mini tummy tuck offers an ideal alternative in such cases.
But what exactly is the difference between a full tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck?
Full Tummy Tuck
A full, or traditional, tummy tuck is used by surgeons to remove significant amounts of skin from the abdominal region and correct issues with the core’s internal musculature.
Particularly after drastic weight loss or pregnancy, the abdominal wall’s muscles can become separated. This separation leads to compromised support for the spine and organs, which can manifest in medical conditions such as poor posture, back pain, hernias, and loss of bladder control.
A full tummy tuck reconnects the muscles of the abdominal wall and tightens the lower abdomen, which provides the necessary structural support for healthy posture and organ function. For new mothers, a more comprehensive procedure in the form of a mommy makeover often provides highly satisfactory results.
A full tummy tuck is also beneficial when there is a large amount of loose, flabby skin surrounding the lower abdomen. This skin can be removed to contour the entire abdominal region, including the pubic area, and can even recreate the belly button. When combined with Liposuction, a full tummy tuck provides some of the most dramatic results.
As discussed, some patients may only be concerned with excess lower abdomen skin and do not need a full tummy tuck.
Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck follows the same principles of a full tummy tuck, only on a smaller scale.
Whereas the full tummy tuck is performed through an incision spanning hipbone to hip bone, the mini tummy tuck requires a considerably smaller incision. As such, the abdominal musculature is not modified during a mini tummy tuck; rather, the skin is typically removed for purely aesthetic reasons.
By removing skin from the lower abdomen, the waistline is decreased and skin tension and texture is improved. A mini tummy tuck results in a smaller, less noticeable scar than a full tummy tuck.
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At Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg, we aim for maximum client satisfaction and outstanding results. We guide patients towards which procedure is best suited for their needs and wishes.
If you would like to improve your midsection’s aesthetic or are experiencing complications caused by weakened abdominal muscles, reach out to our panel of expert surgeons for help. Please call 540 371 7730 to learn more about which procedure will best address your needs. You can also arrange an online consultation here. We look forward to hearing from you soon!