tummy tuck

Deciding to undergo a tummy tuck is a significant step toward achieving a more contoured and firmer abdominal area. However, many individuals are unsure which type of tummy tuck surgery suits them. If you are in this situation, having a better understanding of what a mini tummy tuck and a full tummy tuck provide can help. 

What Is a Mini Tummy Tuck?

A partial abdominoplasty, also called the mini tummy tuck, is a less invasive procedure designed to target the lower abdomen below the belly button. It is ideal for patients with mild to moderate excess skin and muscle laxity in the lower abdominal region.

During the surgery, a smaller incision is made just above the pubic region. Excess skin is then removed from the area, and the abdominal muscles in the lower abdomen are tightened. When compared to the full tummy tuck, this procedure generally has a shorter recovery time and less noticeable scarring.

What Is a Full Tummy Tuck?

A complete abdominoplasty, also called the full tummy tuck, is more extensive in nature. One of the most noticeable differences between the mini tummy tuck and the full tummy tuck is that the full tummy tuck addresses areas of concern on both the upper and lower abdomen. This procedure is often preferred by individuals who have overall abdominal laxity, muscle separation, and excess skin. 

During surgery, an incision spanning from hip to hip along the lower abdominal area is made. Excess fat and skin are then removed, and the muscles are tightened from the rib cage down to the pubic area. As a more comprehensive treatment option, this procedure requires more time to recover than the mini tummy tuck.

Choosing the Right Option

When deciding which surgery is right for you, it is important to consider the extent of your abdominal concerns. With minimal muscle laxity and excess skin, a mini tummy tuck may be the best option. However, if you have a significant amount of skin and extensive muscle laxity, a full tummy tuck may be a better choice.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Whether you want to make subtle changes to your abdominal region or you would like a more dramatic transformation, a tummy tuck surgery can help. With the guidance of Dr. Sean T. Lille, you can make a more informed decision about which option will work best for you. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Lille has extensive experience helping individuals better understand their options and select the right one to help them achieve their aesthetic goals. 

If you would like to achieve effective results that leave you feeling more confident and satisfied with your body, contact our Scottsdale, AZ, office today at (480) 661-6197 to schedule a consultation.