The Difference Between a Mini and Full Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck addresses the excess skin and muscle laxity that exists in the lower half of the abdomen whereas a full tummy tuck addresses the excess skin and lax and separated muscles both above and below the belly button and involves detaching then reattaching the belly button to the skin. Most patients are better candidates for full tummy tucks. Those with very localized laxity of skin and muscle below the umbilicus may just need a mini tummy tuck.
Why a Full Tummy Tuck Might Be Your Best Bet
The difference between a full and mini tummy tuck is not related to how long the scar is. This is a common misconception. While the mini tummy tuck scar is often shorter, it is not always the case. The real difference is the areas that they address. A mini tummy tuck only tightens the skin below the belly button while a full tummy tuck tightens the skin of the entire (upper and lower) abdomen. It is usually not a good idea to tighten the muscle below the belly button and not above as the part that is not tightened can bulge out. Often, this is combined with liposuction to give the best result.
If you’re leaning toward a mini tummy tuck, liposuction alone may be enough. This would depend on the quality and quantity of skin. In the end, the key is to get the best result.
As with any plastic surgery, it is best to choose a qualified board-certified plastic surgeon that can evaluate you in person and suggest the best option for you. If you’re ready to make a change we’re here to help! Schedule your free consultation with Dr. Rotatori today and we’ll create a plan together that will help you achieve your goals.