Abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck, is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed each year. Many men and women considering the procedure will likely weigh their options between a full or a mini tummy tuck. While the two procedures are fairly similar, there are three key differences.
1. Incision Length
One of the most notable benefits of a mini tummy tuck is a smaller and less noticeable incision. Because a mini tummy tuck targets a much smaller area of loose skin and muscle tissue, your plastic surgeon can make a single, short incision near your pubic area.
A full tummy tuck addresses excess skin and abdominal muscle laxity on a larger scale, so it requires a longer incision that typically stretches from hip to hip. However, a skilled plastic surgeon can carefully place this incision so that you can easily camouflage it with clothing and even swimsuit bottoms.
2. Treatable Areas
Men and women with a small area of loose skin or weakened muscle below their belly button are usually the best candidates for a mini tummy tuck.
This modified procedure can’t address the abdominal area above the belly button, although a full tummy tuck can.
3. Recovery Period
Because a mini tummy tuck requires a smaller incision and is typically a shorter procedure, the recovery time is usually also shorter than that following a full tummy tuck. Keep in mind, though, that both are surgical procedures, so no matter which you choose, it will be necessary to plan for adequate recovery time to ensure your safety and the best results.
Dr. Scot Martin concentrates on breast enhancement and body contouring at his practice in Las Cruces, New Mexico. A nationally recognized plastic surgeon, Dr. Martin is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
He looks forward to meeting you and helping you become the best version of yourself possible.