26 Jun A Mini or a Full Tummy Tuck – What’s the Difference?
If you recently had a child or accomplished significant weight loss, you’re more than likely familiar with the loose, extra skin that remains around your midsection. This can be difficult if not impossible to correct with diet and exercise. However, a tummy tuck performed by Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon Dr. John Park can be a practical solution to improving the contours of your abdomen.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
Also called abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a procedure that removes loose skin and fat from your abdomen to give you a flatter and tighter stomach. It can produce remarkable results, but not everyone that comes to John Park MD Plastic Surgery for a tummy tuck has the same needs.
Contour Your Lower Abdomen With a Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck is ideal for women who don’t have a tremendous amount of excess skin to remove, and the extra skin is found below the belly button. A mini tummy tuck requires a much smaller incision than a full tummy tuck, similar to what’s used for a C-section. A benefit of the mini tummy tuck is that the belly button doesn’t have to be repositioned or recreated.
Achieve Greater Repair With a Full Tummy Tuck
Not everyone is suitable for a mini tummy tuck. Many women who have had children or lost a significant amount of weight have abdominal skin and muscles that have become over-stretched. This usually encompasses the entire midsection, from the ribs all the way down to the pubis. A full tummy tuck uses an incision from hip to hip to trim the excess skin. The larger incision allows for greater contour and loose skin reduction. Once the skin and fat have been removed, the abdominal muscles are sutured back to their former tautness. This creates a flat and tone abdominal wall. The belly button must be repositioned because of pulling the skin taut and shifting the original position.
Which Tummy Tuck is Right for You?
Both a mini and full tummy tuck produce successful results at contouring the abdomen. It just comes down to your goals and the extent of correction needed when deciding between the two. If you have a lot of excess skin along your entire midsection, a full tummy tuck is probably right for you.
Schedule Your Complimentary Tummy Tuck Consultation With Dr. John Park
If you are considering a tummy tuck but aren’t quite sure if a mini tumy tuck or a full tummy tuck is better suited for you, give Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon Dr. John Park a call at (949) 777-6883 to find out more about tummy tuck procedures. He will ensure you get the leaner, sculpted midsection you desire.