Numerous individuals have had a tummy tuck when they were unable to eliminate excess skin through exercising alone. The procedure is also performed to tighten separated abdominal muscles. Many people have started to wonder which procedure is best for their individual needs, leading the question of a regular vs. a mini tummy tuck. If the individual has lost a lot of weight or given birth, a regular tummy tuck will help the person achieve a toner and leaner physique. A mini tummy tuck will remove any loose skin beneath the belly button and tighten the underlying muscles. The recovery is quicker because less surgery is involved. This procedure is preferred when the only loose skin is in the lower abdomen.
One of the differences to be considered regarding a regular vs. mini tuck is the length of the incision. The incision for the full tummy tuck stretches from hip to hip. The incision for the mini tuck is much shorter with a similar placement. It is important to note the shorter incision limits the access of the surgeon and the amount of correction possible. The full tuck pulls the skin until it is firm. The abdominal muscles are repaired from the ribs to the pubis. This is critical for individuals with muscle or skin laxity in the upper abdomen. Only the muscle and skin located in the lower abdomen can be tightened with the mini tuck. This is a good procedure when the muscle and skin laxity is located in the lower abdomen and the muscles are in fairly good shape.
Another important consideration regarding a regular vs. mini tummy tuck is the belly button. With a full tummy tuck, the belly button is relocated. During the surgery, the placement of the navel is much lower. This is necessary to achieve a natural look. The belly button is not touched during a mini tummy tuck because not as much skin is removed. This eliminates the chance of a scar surrounding the belly button. The mini tuck requires a shorter surgery with a faster period of recovery since less corrections were made. A lot of individuals are able to resume work in approximately one week. The full tuck is a more extensive surgery with a longer period of recovery. It is important to note the individual must wait for the surgeon to say they can go back to work for both surgeries.
The Fully Tummy Tuck
In order to decide between a regular vs. mini tummy tuck, it is important to understand both procedures. The full tummy tuck addresses any loose skin in the lower and middle areas of the abdomen. The muscles of the abdomen are tightened once the excess skin has been addressed. This surgery is often combined with liposuction for optimal results. This surgery is also referred to as an abdominoplasty. This is a good option when there is loose muscle tissue, sagging skin or excess skin on the abdomen resistant to both a healthy diet and good exercise plan. This is dependent on the amount of muscle and skin laxity present. In most cases, a full tuck is the best option when the individual wants to have the entire abdomen fully rejuvenated. This includes excess skin and tightening the muscles.
Liposuction is often necessary with this procedure due to stubborn fat buildup in the abdomen. The first step is the surgical opening. This is a horizontal opening beginning at the belly button and proceeding to the pubic hairline. The amount of excess or loose skin determines both the length and the shape of the opening. The skin of the abdomen is lifted to enable the surgeon to repair the weak abdominal muscles. If excess skin needs to be removed from the upper abdomen, another incision around the belly button may be necessary.
The skin of the upper abdomen is then pulled down. The surgeon trims the excess skin and uses sutures to hold the remaining skin together. A new opening is then made for the navel. The navel is pushed through to the surface and secured into position. The openings are then sealed. The result is a firmer and flatter abdominal contour in proportion to the weight and body type of the individual. The fat cells and skin are unable to grow back once removed. This means if the individual keeps their weight stable, exercises on a regular basis and consumes a healthy diet the procedure is permanent.
The Mini Tummy Tuck
There are important considerations between a regular vs. a mini tummy tuck such as the belly button and opening length. The mini-abdominoplasty is frequently referred to as a mini tummy tuck. If no other procedures are being performed, the mini tuck requires between two and three hours. When other procedures are included such as a breast augmentation or liposuction, the time required will increase. This is a good option for:
- Individuals who have dieted and exercised only to be left with a protruding abdomen lacking tone.
- Individuals left with sagging or stretched abdominal muscles due to pregnancy.
- Individuals left with excess or loose skin hanging around the abdomen due to a significant loss of weight.
- Individuals in good shape with a protruding abdomen.
Both types of tummy tucks can help the individual change what they are unhappy with regarding their appearance. This enables the person to improve their shape and have a flatter and firmer abdomen. The best option is to discuss both procedures with a surgeon.
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If you are wondering if you would be better off with a regular vs. a mini tummy tuck, please feel free to make an appointment with the office of J. Anthony Stephens, MD! At our convenient location in Baton Rouge, LA, our caring and dedicated team of professionals will be pleased to explain these options to you in greater detail and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!