Choosing Between a Full or Mini Tummy Tuck

There are many options for men and women who want to improve their abdominal contour. A tummy tuck in Baltimore is one of the most effective ways to both tighten the abdominal wall and remove excess skin and fat. This procedure is ideal for individuals who have lost firmness in their midsection due to weight loss, pregnancy, or aging, and can be customized to the level of correction needed. I often perform two variations on this very popular procedure: a full and a mini tummy tuck.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck procedure targets the lower portion of the abdomen only, and is not as extensive as a full tummy tuck. This technique is best suited for men and women who only have a small amount of lax abdominal skin and minimal abdominal protrusion. Benefits of a mini tummy tuck include:

  • Better abdominal tone
  • Reduced scarring
  • Shorter recovery time

Traditional Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck is not necessarily the right solution for everyone. A full tummy tuck may be necessary for individuals with a significant amount of lax skin in their stomach area, or whose abdominal muscles have been severely stretched. This procedure, which tightens the entire abdominal wall, usually requires repositioning of the belly button. Advantages of a full tummy tuck include:

  • More dramatic improvements
  • Tightening of the entire abdomen
  • A flatter, firmer torso

Important Considerations

Although liposuction can be used to remove excess fat during a tummy tuck, it’s important to be at a stable, healthy weight before undergoing surgery. Additionally, women who plan to become pregnant should wait until they are finished having children before choosing this procedure. Those who have already had tummy tuck surgery are advised to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine to ensure the longevity of their results.

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