When my patients are considering a tummy tuck, many of them may have heard about the option of a “mini” tummy tuck and wondered how it was different from a full tummy tuck. I explain to my patients that it’s important to realize that choosing between the two can actually be quite simple because they are appropriate for two distinctly different sets of patients.
Full Tummy Tuck
A full tummy tuck patient will be someone who has a great deal of excess skin and fat in the abdominal area, as well as weakened abdominal muscles. The full tummy tuck procedure will address these concerns–both above and below the belly button. The procedure may require two incisions instead of one because of the repositioning of the belly button. Recovery takes several weeks.
Mini Tummy Tuck
On the other hand, a mini tummy tuck patient will be someone with small fat deposits and very minimal excess skin located primarily below the belly button. For these patients, only one small incision is made where it will be easily concealed by clothing or a bathing suit. While the improvement possible with a mini tummy tuck is not as comprehensive, it requires less time during surgery and less recovery time.
Upon consultation and examination, I would be able to advise you as to which procedure can best accomplish your goals.
Are You a Good Tummy Tuck Patient?
Most of my tummy tuck patients are in the 30 to 50 age range, but every so often a patient who is older will meet with me to find out whether they can have a tummy tuck. Sometimes I’ll advise against these surgeries simply because abdominoplasty is one of the more invasive surgeries and in some cases it might just be demanding too much from the patient’s body.
With that said, when the patient’s expectations are realistic and the physical factors line up properly, there’s really no reason why age alone should prevent someone from getting a tummy tuck.
Here are a few things I would like to see from a patient of a mature age who wants a tummy tuck in Orlando:
- Healthy exercise habits and excellent mobility
- Good respiratory health and tissue vascularity
- Absence of diabetes or other conditions that could compromise the healing process (this includes medications that could cause problems like blood clots)
- A genuine desire to see this procedure improve their quality of life
That last point isn’t technically a “must” for surgery. But in general, I find that patients who are more invested in their procedure and have a stronger desire to see results tend to heal quicker and remain happier throughout the healing process. These patients also find the greatest satisfaction in the outcome.
For both younger and older patients, a tummy tuck offers a chance to restore quality of life. And both younger and older patients are more likely to be happy with their surgery when they not only recognize the opportunity to improve their quality of life, but also set specific goals and plans for how they want to enjoy their new shape. Please reach out to me for a priority consultation to discuss how to get the slim new shape you want.