Do I Need a Mini Tummy Tuck or a Full Tummy Tuck?

There are two types of tummy tuck procedures available to patients, and deciding which one is most appropriate is a matter for the patient and the surgeon to decide. Tummy tucks are very similar between the full and the mini distinction, but there is some difference between the two and the shape of the mother’s body is the primary determination as to which procedure is best.

Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are certainly not very attractive and they can cause some small problems with sensitivity and damage to the skin, but they are not always a determining factor when considering a tummy tuck. While a fully tummy tuck will remove more stretch marks than a mini tummy tuck, there is no guarantee that a full tummy tuck will remove all of the stretch marks that are present. It’s quite possible that stretch marks will remain after the surgery regardless, although you can expect only a few after a full tummy tuck.

Fatty Deposits

Pregnancy can leave fatty deposits on your abdomen and other part of your body. A full tummy tuck will remove skin and some fatty deposits from the lower portion of the body below the belly button. It does not touch fat that may appear over the belly button. Liposuction is commonly used during a procedure to combat this problem, however, A mini tummy tuck deals only with fat under the belly button, and since less skin is removed, less fatty tissue is removed as well.

Sagging Skin

If sagging skin is the primary reason for the tummy tuck surgery, the determination of which tuck to try depends heavily on how much skin is present. A fully tummy tuck removes a large swatch of tissue and skin from the lower abdomen and then pulls down skin from over the belly button when the incision is closed. The mini tummy tuck pulls and straightens only skin below the belly button.

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