What’s the difference between a mini tummy tuck and a full tummy tuck

If belly fat is one of the biggest body issues you have, you may want to consider a surgical alternative like abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). Depending on the amount of excess skin and muscle laxity there is, your plastic surgeon will recommend either a mini or full tummy tuck. But what’s the difference between a mini tummy tuck and a full tummy tuck. We look at the major differences below.

Areas Treated
A full tummy tuck     treats the entire abdominal area, correcting muscle laxity and loose skin. A mini tummy tuck addresses excess skin in the area below the belly button only, and does not usually include tightening the abdominal wall.

Type of Anesthesia
A full tummy tuck is done under general anesthesia, but a mini tummy tuck can be under local anesthesia.

The Incision
A full tummy tuck requires a larger incision that is often the entire circumference of the waist, the incision for the mini tummy tuck is smaller.

Recovery Time
Recovery from a full tummy tuck requires a longer period. There will be some swelling after both procedures, but patients can resume work within 2 days of having a mini tummy tuck.

Which procedure is better for you? A full tummy tuck is recommended for individuals with significant skin laxity, as well as loose abdominal muscles. A mini-tummy tuck is recommended for people with minimal loose skin below the navel.

If you would like to tighten and tone your tummy, give Awaken Aesthetics in Torrance, California a call today at 310-791-2233. We will schedule an appointment with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Liu, and you can learn more about the differences between a mini tummy tuck and a full tummy tuck.

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