A tummy tuck is a common cosmetic procedure that is done with liposuction to narrow the waist, thin out the fatty layer, and tighten the stomach wall with internal suturing, as well as tighten the stomach skin and improve the abdominal contour.
Best Choice For You: A Mini vs. Full Tummy Tuck
When considering a tummy tuck and tummy tuck cost, many people may have heard about the option of a “mini” tummy tuck and wondered how it was different from a full tummy tuck. Both options can help you feel and look great. We explain to our patients that choosing between the two tummy tuck options can actually be quite simple because they are appropriate for two distinctly different sets of patients.
A Full Tummy Tuck – Perfect For After Weight Loss
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 and generally repositions the belly button. Recovery takes several weeks.
A Mini Tummy Tuck – Great For Post-Pregnancy Patients
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 a single small incision is made where it will be easily concealed by clothing or a bathing suit. While the improvement that can be achieved with a mini tummy tuck is not as comprehensive, it requires less time during surgery and less recovery time.
Still not sure of your best options for tummy tuck? View our tummy tuck before and after photos to see the dramatic changes tummy tucks have made on our patients. You can also schedule a complimentaryconsultation with Dr. Rotatori to assess which tummy tuck procedure will help you achieve your goals.