When is a Mini Tummy Tuck Worth it?
“Differences Between Mini Tummy Tucks And Traditional Tummy Tucks”
Full Tummy Tuck vs. Mini Tummy Tuck
As deceiving as it might be, a mini tummy tuck doesn’t actually differ much from a traditional/ full tummy tuck. The main difference between the two is the fact that the full tummy tuck works with the entire abdominal area where the mini works solely with the lower abdominal area.
Only about 1 out of every 5 patients are eligible for a mini tummy tuck because of the elasticity of their skin and the condition of their fat, skin, and muscles. The reason for this is because most of the patients who are looking into a tummy tuck require a more aggressive approach to achieve their desired results. A mini tummy tuck wouldn’t be able to offer the full benefits the patient would need.
Which is better?
Since tummy tucks and mini tummy tucks have a fundamental difference in how much area is treated. Depending on how large or small the area a patient wants to treat, a surgeon will recommend one procedure over the other.
If a person wants to remove excess fat and skin from the entire abdominal region and tighten the abdominal muscles after they’ve been separated (diastasis recti), then a full tummy tuck will suit them best. If a person only wants to remove excess fat and skin from the lower abdominal region (belly button and lower) then a mini tummy tuck will be sufficient in treating that area. Mini tummy tucks are often reserved for those who want to address a “pooch” or a “muffin top”.
As a visual learner myself, I’ve put together a chart that highlights the differences between mini tummy tucks and traditional tummy tucks for easier comparison.
Visual Differential Breakdown
|Mini Tummy Tuck Full||Traditional Tummy Tuck|
|Areas Treated||Lower abdominal area.||Full abdominal area.|
|Excess skin and Fat Removed|
|Repairing of Abdominal Muscles|
|Recovery||Recovery is virtually the same for both. -Antibiotics will be prescribed to avoid infections. -Drains are placed for a couple of days for 5-7 days. -Overnight hospital stay post-procedure. -Avoid heavy lifting for 8 weeks. -Avoid excess sunlight on incision sites, pools, and beaches for 2-3 weeks. -Shower 48 hours after the procedure. -Full recovery can take 2-3 months.|
Looking at the table, the differences between mini and traditional tummy tucks are. Scaring, incisions, fat, and skin removal are all more intense for a traditional tummy tuck. Both the mini and traditional tummy tucks can be combined with liposuction and mommy makeover procedures as well. At the end of the day, speaking with your surgeon is the best way to determine which procedure will help get you to your desired body goals.
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