How to Tell If a Full or Mini Tummy Tuck Is Right for You

woman leaning against wall 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.*

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.*

The Bottom Line

Most women and men who want a tummy tuck are going to see more dramatic and comprehensiveresults 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.

*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.


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