If you would like to get rid of that ‘belly bulge’ and shape and sculpt your abdomen, a tummy tuck can take care of it for you. However, depending on the amount of excess fat and loose skin present, a mini-tummy tuck may work just as well. So what’s the difference between a tummy tuck and a mini-tummy tuck? Let’s find out.
Differences between a tummy tuck and a mini-tummy tuck
Both the tummy tuck and the mini-tummy tuck can improve the appearance of the abdomen. The major differences between the two procedures relate to the scope of operation, size of the scar, and the recovery period.
• Scope of the operation: The mini-tummy tuck focuses exclusively on the lower half of the abdomen. The muscles in that section are tightened, and the excess fat removed. A tummy tuck reduces fat and corrects skin overhang in the entire abdominal region. It also tightens separated muscles.
• Size of the scar: The scar for the mini-tummy tuck is shorter, while the tummy tuck has a longer scar that runs across the lower abdomen, and there is also a scar around the belly button.
• Recovery: Since the mini-tummy tuck is a less extensive procedure, the recovery time is less.
The choice of procedure will be determined by factors such as skin laxity and your aesthetic goals.The tummy tuck is generally recommended for patients with a lot of loose skin.
Contact Awaken Aesthetics, Torrance, CA, to find out more. Call (310) 791-2233 today and schedule your consultation with Dr. Alex Liu, board certified cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Liu will conduct a thorough examination of your abdomen, and then discuss the options with you.