How to Tell If a Full or Mini Tummy Tuck Is Right for You
If you’re troubled by excess skin or loose muscle tissue in your abdominal area, you might be considering a tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty.
But before you decide on the details of your procedure, you may want to read up on the differences between a full and mini tummy tuck and how to decide which one could be the most appropriate option for you.
Your Starting Point
The primary benefit of a mini tummy tuck is that it usually involves a shorter incision than a full tummy tuck. However, the ideal candidate for a mini tummy tuck will have only a small amount of loose skin and/or muscle tissue that’s limited to the area below the belly button.
If you’re struggling with a larger problem area, you’ll likely see the best results from a full abdominoplasty.
Goals for Your Final Outcome
Women and men whose goal is to address a significant amount of excess skin in the stomach area will mostly likely benefit from a full tummy tuck. In addition, if stretch marks are a concern, you’ll have a much better chance of being able to remove them with a full abdominoplasty rather than opting for the mini.
[pullquote]Abdominoplasty cannot always remove all stretch marks that may be bothering you, but it may be able to address some, depending on where they’re located.[/pullquote]
The Bottom Line
Most women and men who want a tummy tuck are going to see more dramatic and comprehensive results from a full tummy tuck.*If you still have questions, schedule a consultation with an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon who can assess your needs and goals and offer his or her professional advice.