Full or Mini Tummy Tuck? Which One is Right for You?

Board-Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons Serving Pensacola, FL & Mobile, AL

Posted: November 30, 2022
Slim woman's torso

Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is used to restore a firm and well-defined appearance to the body's midsection. As the name implies, the focal area of tummy tuck surgery is the belly, but the procedure can also draw in the waist and highlight the hips, allowing it to enhance several aspects of the middle portion of the frame.

There are two primary types of tummy tuck surgery:

  • Full Abdominoplasty
  • Mini Abdominoplasty

The right choice for your specific needs depends on your anatomy and goals. Talking to Dr. Ben Brown about your desires is the best way to learn if the full or mini option will be right for you.

Full Tummy Tuck

During full tummy tuck surgery, liposuction removes stubborn fat deposits. Loose and sagging skin is removed as well. With a full tummy tuck, the abdominal muscles that make up the "six-pack" are also tightened and reattached. This helps to create a much tighter and more toned appearance in individuals with diastasis recti. Treating this common medical condition may also help to prevent certain types of hernia and reduce chronic lower back pain.

Full abdominoplasty may eliminate stretch marks and create a drastically more defined torso. Therefore, it is often ideal for patients who have had multiple children or experienced significant weight loss over a short period.

Mini Tummy Tuck

During mini tummy tuck surgery, liposuction eliminates stubborn fat deposits before excess skin is removed, but muscles are not tightened with this method. Mini abdominoplasty is ideal for people who have loose and sagging skin with excess fat, but have not experienced abdominal wall separation.

Mini tummy tuck surgery can create a firmer, more defined, and healthier-looking midsection and is less invasive than a full abdominoplasty. Both options can produce spectacular results for ideal candidates. During your initial consultation, Dr. Brown will carefully evaluate your torso and all surrounding features to help you decide which choice will create the most desirable outcomes.

Contact Us to Learn More

At Restore Plastic Surgery, we are dedicated to helping patients achieve the results they deserve. If you are considering tummy tuck surgery, please call our Gulf Breeze office at 850-500-7527 to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Brown is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Pensacola, Tiger Point, Dickerson City, and all surrounding communities.