You’ve worked hard to get into shape, and now you’re almost there. You are at a healthy weight and you feel good about yourself. Your only problem is that your body doesn’t look as good as you feel. You have worked hard for that bikini body, and you have it—except for that extra droopy skin around your stomach. If you are unhappy with stubborn belly fat or skin, talk to your surgeon about a tummy tuck. Whether it’s mini or not, your tummy will sure look smaller!
But there are so many options! Do you need a full tuck or just a mini one? Here are the main differences.
The main difference is probably obvious from the name: the amount of skin and fat altered or removed.
A full tummy tuck will cover your entire stomach, reaching to the hips, through the waist. Although the exact dimensions and coverage will vary from person to person based on individual needs and wants, the affected area will kind of make an egg shape, extending from the lower abdomen up to underneath the breasts. In a mini tummy tuck, it’s more of an shorter oval that extends from the lower abdomen to the belly button area.
As more tissue is being elevated or removed with a full tummy tuck, the scar will naturally be bigger. It will usually curve from hip to hip down through the lower abdomen, around the mons pubis. In contrast, a mini tummy tuck’s scar will be much shorter. It will be right above the mons pubis but only in the middle of the torso and not extending through to the hips.
What Do They Treat
Not only do they tackle a different amount of area, they also really treat different areas. If you have a little tummy pooch in your lower belly, a mini tummy tuck will be perfect. The mini tuck isn’t as good for tightening skin, and doesn’t take care of stretch marks, but rather removes excess fat and tissue in that very limited area. A full tummy tuck, on the other hand, treats muscle separation and skin much better than a mini tummy tuck .
Talk to your surgeon about which option would be best based on your personal expectations.