Full Tummy Tuck vs. Mini-Tummy Tuck
Are you interested in eliminating excess abdominal skin and achieving a tighter, flatter midsection but don’t know whether a full tummy tuck or mini-tummy tuck would be more appropriate for you? The following information is meant to distinguish between these two abdominoplasty methods to help you make a more informed decision.
A full tummy tuck is designed to address the entire abdomen, extending from just above the pupic region to right below the ribcage. This technique involves the excision of skin, removal of localized fat pockets, and tightening/repair of abdominal musculature both above and below the navel. Contrarily, mini abdominoplasty is a less extensive approach to tummy tuck surgery that may be an appropriate option when only a minimal to moderate amount of extra skin and fat is present. This method also involves skin removal, fat extraction, and muscle tightening, though all of this is limited to the lower abdomen.
In short, a full abdominoplasty is generally a good option for individuals who need a more comprehensive treatment of the entire abdominal region, and a mini tummy tuck is usually better suited for those whose concerns are moderate and confined mainly to the lower abdomen.
If you are considering tummy tuck surgery, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon at the Ohio State University Department of Plastic Surgery. Following a thorough evaluation of your needs and body contouring goals, one of our doctors can determine which abdominoplasty technique would be right for you.