When to Choose a Mini Tummy Tuck

A “mini” tummy tuck may sound like a half measure, compromising results for a smaller procedure. This isn’t entirely accurate. More precisely, a mini tummy tuck is a surgery crafted for the needs of a certain group of patients and can be just what they need to accomplish their goals.

How a Mini Tummy Tuck is Different

Like a full tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck removes excess fat, reduces sagging skin, and tightens weakened abdominal muscles. However, the improvement is limited to the lower abdomen in a mini tummy tuck, while a full tummy tuck addresses both the upper and lower abdomen. The incision from a mini tummy tuck is smaller (leaving a less-visible scar) and the belly button is not repositioned during the procedure.

Who Should Choose a Mini Tummy Tuck?

At my practice in Orange County, mini tummy tuck procedures are most popular with women after pregnancy. The surgery targets the area that is of most concern for moms and, because recovery is quicker, allows them to get back to caring for their children more quickly. Women should be sure, however, that they’re finished having children before they have a tummy tuck. If there’s a possibility you’ll have more children, it’s definitely best to wait for your tummy tuck.

Who Shouldn’t Choose a Mini Tummy Tuck?

As a general rule, most of the men who choose a tummy tuck decide on the full procedure. They usually won’t achieve the results they want with a mini tummy tuck. Men and women who have lost a great deal of weight through diet and exercise or bariatric surgery typically are not good candidates for mini abdominoplasty. Their degree of excess skin and fat is more significant and impacts both the upper and lower abdomen (as well as the rest of the body).



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