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Like most “mini” procedures, the mini tummy tuck or partial abdominoplasty appeals to many individuals.

The mini tummy tuck generally involves a shorter incision, less scarring, a shorter tummy tuck recovery and a lower tummy tuck cost.

This is often very tempting for our abdominoplasty New York patients who cannot spare the time to recover from a more extensive procedure as well as those who want to minimize scarring or keep the costs down.

It’s important to keep in mind, however, that the mini tummy tuck is not for everyone.

At Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York, our tummy tuck NYC and Long Island specialists will be happy to meet with you for a consultation to discuss which tummy tuck can help you to achieve your goals.

Some patients with no muscle sagging and very little loose abdominal skin can get away with abdominal liposuction alone instead of a tummy tuck procedure of any kind.

Are You a Candidate for a Mini Tummy Tuck?

When debating between a full tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck, it’s essential that our patients choose the procedure that is right for them. The reality is that the mini tummy tuck is best reserved for special situations where excess skin is limited and muscle repair is either not needed or minimal.

Patients with lax skin above the belly button, a lot of excess skin or significant separation of the abdominal muscles are typically better served with a full tummy tuck. A full assessment with the abdominoplasty New York specialists at our tummy tuck NYC or Long Island offices will determine whether the full tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck is right for you.

Opting for a Full Tummy Tuck

While it’s easy for patients to be drawn in by the promise of less scarring, lower costs and shorter recovery times, the mini tummy tuck should not be performed on patients who are not appropriate candidates.

If a patient would be better served with a full tummy tuck, our surgeon will recommend that procedure for the very best outcome. Otherwise, they may very likely not be satisfied with their results.

The full tummy tuck does have its advantages, namely that the procedure can permanently fix moderate to severe skin and muscle laxity. Whether performed as a full or mini procedure, the tummy tuck is excellent for individuals following pregnancy or after weight loss or bariatric surgery.

It addresses multiple issues:

  • Excess sagging abdominal skin
  • Stretched abdominal muscles

Get a Free Consultation in our Abdominoplasty New York Centers

Many of our patients combine the tummy tuck with procedures like breast augmentation, breast lift and liposuction for a complete Mommy Makeover.

To learn more about the tummy tuck and whether or not a mini or full tummy tuck is right for you or to schedule a consultation with our tummy tuck NYC or Long Island specialists, give us a call today.

You may also view our patients’ abdominoplasty pictures in our tummy tuck before and after photo gallery.