Notes from Dr. Jenq

Tummy Tuck or Mini-Tummy Tuck: Which is Better?

Tummy tuck, aka abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that is performed to tighten up the belly and remove extra skin and fat, sometimes called “muffin tops.” Commonly after pregnancy, age, or significant weight loss, the belly muscle stretches out and a large amount of thinned skin, stretch marks, and fat can develop.  Surgery can help to restore your contour and remove extra fat.  Now a mini-tummy tuck is a lesser version of the full tummy tuck, which usually means less scarring. Which one is better?

It all depends on your body type.  For clients who have less extra tissue, milder stretch marks, and less thinning of the belly muscles, a mini-tummy tuck can help improve overall contour with the benefit of a less scars.  It uses a scar that is shorter on the lower abdomen, there is no scar around the belly button, and less skin is removed.  This works best if the amount of extra tissue and the stretch of the belly musculature is less severe. Below is a table to help clarify the differences.  Liposuction can also be performed as an additional procedure to either tummy tuck or mini-tummy tuck if there are extra fat deposits.