Mini Tummy Tuck vs. Full Tummy Tuck: What’s the Difference?

Beautiful woman in teal green bikini on the beachThere’s no denying our tummies can tell a story. Whether it’s about creating a new family or a significant weight loss journey, our abdomens aren’t afraid to show how we’ve earned our stripes – though those stripes often come in the form of stretch marks.

If you’ve undergone a major change and don’t love the look or feel of loose skin, stubborn fat, or muscle weakness around your abdomen, a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) could restore your appearance and provide stability. Tummy tucks are especially beneficial for new moms and bariatric patients who have shed excess pounds.

At Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Christopher Williams and Dr. Jeremy Williams are highly experienced with mini and full tummy tucks. Here’s what you need to know about the differences.

What Happens During a Full Tummy Tuck vs. Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure?

Our providers’ surgical techniques will depend on the type of abdominoplasty. Both are done under IV sedation or general anesthesia so you won’t experience any discomfort during the procedure. 

A full tummy tuck generally uses a traditional hip-to-hip incision. Our surgeons can also reposition your belly button after tightening the skin. Excess fat on the upper and lower abdomen can be removed through liposuction, and stretched abdominal muscles can be repaired. The procedure may also remove some stretch marks.

During a mini tummy tuck, we make a single incision to flatten your lower abdomen. This surgery typically removes less fat but has a shorter scar and recovery period. In addition, the procedure generally takes less time to perform than a full tummy tuck.

Is a Full Tummy Tuck or a Mini Tummy Tuck Right for Me?

A mini tummy tuck could be right for you if you’re primarily concerned about the area below your belly button. However, a full tummy tuck allows us to sculpt the lower and upper abdomen. Our surgeons can explain the benefits and limitations of each procedure and recommend the type that will best suit your needs.

Schedule Your Denver Area Tummy Tuck Consultation

If you’re ready to feel confident and comfortable with your abdomen, call 303-706-1100 to book your tummy tuck consultation at Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery in Lone Tree, Colorado. Our welcoming and experienced board-certified plastic surgeons have a reputation for patient-focused care and fantastic results. We look forward to helping you look and feel your best.

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