Many patients come to the office inquiring about mini tummy tucks. The rationale behind this is quite clear. They would like a smaller scar, and believe that there is very little difference between a mini tummy tuck and a standard tummy tuck.
There are key differences between the operations. In a mini tummy tuck, there is very little separation of the skin from the abdominal wall muscles, meaning that less skin can be removed. In addition, there is usually no tightening of the abdominal wall muscles, particularly in the abdominal wall above the belly button. Therefore, if a patient has upper abdominal bulging or fullness, a mini tummy tuck doesn’t correct it. Finally, there is no reshaping of the belly button with a mini tummy tuck.
An advantage of a mini tummy tuck, however, is that, given there is less lifting of the skin from the abdominal wall muscle, liposuction of the entire abdominal wall and flanks can be performed much more extensively and much more safely. This is because there is less chance of wound healing complications.
Ultimately, mini tummy tucks are best for women that have undergone pregnancy and have only small lower abdominal pooches and only minimal to moderate changes to their abdominal wall. It also can be good for men who have lost large amounts of weight. For women that have bulging of the upper and lower abdomen with significant excessive skin and stretch marks, a full tummy tuck is almost always a better option.
Should you have additional questions, contact Dr. Jejurikar at 214-827-2814.