Tummy tucks are known for transforming the body and toning the midsection. But this extensive surgery also requires significant recovery time. For those who want to avoid a lengthy recovery period, there’s a less invasive surgery: the mini tummy tuck. But as we tell our plastic surgery patients here in Denver, a mini tummy tuck is only suitable for specific types of cases.
If you’re interested in body contouring procedures, it’s important to know which option will help you achieve the best possible results. In this blog post, we’ll answer some common questions so you can decide if a mini tummy tuck is right for you.
What is a mini tummy tuck?
A mini tummy tuck is a modified version of a traditional tummy tuck. It can remove excess skin and unwanted fat but only in the area directly below the bellybutton. During the surgery, the surgeon makes a short, low incision near the bikini line. The surgeon then trims away unwanted tissue to improve skin laxity.
Because a mini tummy tuck is a less invasive version of a full tummy tuck surgery, it boasts a quicker recovery time. It also requires a smaller incision, which means scarring is less noticeable.
How are a mini tummy tuck and a full tummy tuck different?
The mini tummy tuck is popular because it is a less extensive procedure. It requires a small incision and can help tone the lower midsection. However, the surgery won’t address loose skin or saggy tissue on the rest of the torso. It also can’t treat other issues, such as weakened abdominal muscles.
A full, traditional tummy tuck is an excellent way to sculpt a large portion of the body. It can rejuvenate the entire midsection by tightening loose skin, removing fat deposits, and strengthening separated muscles. In general, few patients struggle with only the area below their bellybutton. This means that a traditional tummy tuck is a better option the majority of body contouring patients.
How do I know if a mini tummy tuck is right for me?
Even though most patients are better suited for a traditional tummy tuck, some patients can benefit from a mini version of the procedure. A mini tummy tuck may be right for you if you:
- Want a shorter incision and quicker recovery time
- Have loose skin or unwanted fat directly below the bellybutton
- Don’t struggle with weakened muscles (as with diastasis recti)
- Are close to your goal weight and want to tone up your final lingering problem areas
No matter if you choose a mini tummy tuck or a traditional tummy tuck, we encourage Denver patients to find a board-certified plastic surgeon. Choose an experienced professional who can create satisfying results in a safe, thoughtful manner.
Browse our tummy tuck before-and-after pictures to see examples of our real patient results. If you have any other questions and would like to learn more, request a consultation online. You can also call our practice at (303) 951-2100 (Denver) or (303) 278-2600 (Golden).