Full Tummy Tuck vs. Mini Tummy Tuck: What’s the Difference?

Woman in Roswell, GA admiring tummy tuck results in mirror

Tummy tuck surgery is known for its ability to slim and sculpt the midsection. However, a less extensive procedure may be an option for some people: the mini tummy tuck. Men and women from Roswell, GA, and beyond often ask about this surgery because it requires less downtime than the full tummy tuck procedure.

But what exactly is the difference between a full tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck? In this blog post, we’ll discuss how you can decide which procedure is best for you.

Full Tummy Tuck vs. Mini Tummy Tuck

Both a traditional tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck tighten skin along the abdomen. But there are a few key differences in how the procedures address this common issue.

  • Full Tummy Tuck: Tightens skin and muscle across the entire midsection, both above and below the bellybutton, using a low hip-to-hip incision. The procedure can also repair separated abdominal muscles and reposition and reshape the bellybutton.
  • Mini Tummy Tuck: Tightens and flattens the area directly below the bellybutton but cannot fix loose skin or damaged muscles in other areas. It uses a smaller incision (usually 6 to 12 inches shorter) that usually heals more quickly than a traditional tummy tuck incision.

Different Procedures, Different Candidates 

For both procedures, ideal tummy tuck candidates are those who are physically healthy and do not smoke. This reduces the likelihood of unexpected complications during recovery.  

For full tummy tuck surgery, the best candidates are those who have excess skin and fat around the abdomen that cannot be eliminated through diet and exercise alone. They may also have muscle separation, known as diastasis recti, that requires correction.

For a mini tummy tuck, candidates typically have only a small flap of excess skin and fat in the middle of the lower abdomen. This is often around the area where women may have a c-section scar

Choosing What’s Right for You

In the end, each version of the procedure offers different benefits. A full tummy tuck can treat a larger area and repair muscles, but it requires a longer incision. A mini tummy tuck has a shorter incision and recovery time, but the results are less dramatic. 

Our team will help guide you toward the best option for your needs during your consultation with your plastic surgeon. We want all of our patients to achieve beautiful results with the shortest recovery time and least scarring possible.

Browse our before-and-after gallery to see real results from our tummy tuck patients. If you’re in the Roswell or Atlanta, GA, area and would like to learn more about treatment, please request a consultation online or call (770) 421-1242.

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