Patients often come to our Commack and Manhattan offices expecting to need a full tummy tuck when some really only need a mini procedure.
We thought explaining the differences between the two will help many women out there understand which one may be best for them, and show those concerned about a full tummy tuck that a mini tummy tuck isn’t as invasive.
Reasons for a Tummy Tuck
The reason for a tummy tuck often dictates the type of tuck women need. Those who have lost a lot of weight and have loose or saggy skin because of it often only need a mini tummy tuck (depending on the amount skin left behind). Those who have had children may need more work done because of damage to the abdominal wall, which means they may need a full tummy tuck.
The only way to determine either the amount of loose skin you have or if there is abdominal area damage is to contact an experienced cosmetic or plastic surgeon from Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York.
About the Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck, also known as mini abdominoplasty, is best for women with loose skin located under the belly button. In a mini tummy tuck procedure, the muscles are left alone; just the skin is addressed.
With a mini tummy tuck, the belly button does not need to be repositioned. There’s a smaller incision (versus the full tummy tuck) located beneath the panty line, so no one will notice it.
Recovery for a mini tummy tuck takes up to 10 days, during which the patient must avoid strenuous activities. Patients are required to wear a compression garment for several weeks.
About the Full Tummy Tuck
When a patient has skin removed above and below the belly button, the surgery is considered a full tummy tuck. The surgeon makes a half moon-shaped incision from the left to the right hip bone. Like in the mini tummy tuck, the incision is beneath the panty line.
Since most patients who require a full tummy tuck have severe abdominal muscle separation with a decent amount of loose (extra) skin, the surgeon will tighten the rectus abdominus from the sternum to the pubic bone. He will then remove the excess skin from the bottom of the tummy.
Finally, the surgeon will make a hole in the abdominal skin where the belly button will be placed. After closing the skin around the belly button, he will join the abdominal skin using dissolvable stitches to secure everything.
Contact Our Tummy Tuck New York Centers
Our expert cosmetic and plastic surgeons are available for free consultations. Contact us today to make an appointment at our Commack, Long Island or Manhattan office.