The Difference Between a Mini Tummy Tuck and Full Tummy Tuck

Following pregnancy, many women turn to a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Jimmy Firouz in order to restore their abdominal area to its original contour, especially moms who have undergone labor and delivery of a newborn. A tummy tuck also known as an abdominoplasty, creates a slimmer, more sculpted abdomen by removing excess skin and repairing and tightening the underlying muscles. Two of the most popular techniques are the full and mini tummy tucks. These techniques offer maximum results with minimal scarring.

The Mini Tummy Tuck

Even after losing the majority of the excess pregnancy weight gained, the area below the navel may still protrude to create an unsightly pouch. This is caused by a stretching of the abdominal muscles, skin laxity, and areas of fat that remain in spite of a healthy diet and regular exercise. A mini tummy tuck targets and corrects imperfections in the lower abdominal area. The procedure is performed using epidural anesthesia and normally takes less than two hours. Most patients are able to resume their normal activities within a few weeks of the procedure.

Full Tummy Tuck

For women with cosmetic issues affecting the entire abdomen, a full tummy tuck may be the best option. The procedure involves making an incision around the navel and along the pubic area in order to remove the excess skin and fat and tighten and repair the remaining tissue and muscle. A full tummy tuck is performed under epidural anesthesia and can take up to four hours to complete. Unlike the mini tummy tuck that only improves the lower abdomen, a full tummy tuck enhances the entire abdomen. Since the procedure is more extensive, recovery can take up to a month.

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