Many people light up with interest when they hear about the mini tummy tuck. This procedure results in a shorter recovery time and smaller scars than you would have with a traditional tummy tuck. While the mini tummy tuck is a wonderful procedure, not everyone will get the best results with this option. The details below will give you a better idea of which procedure is right for you.
Traditional Tummy Tuck
A traditional tummy tuck, also called “abdominoplasty,” removes excess skin on the abdomen and also tightens the underlying muscles. The tightening of the abdominal muscles is what gives the abdomen the desired flat appearance and thus banishes all signs of a protruding belly.
This procedure is often combined with liposuction if the patient has excess fat to be removed in the area. Typically, patients who experience the best results have significant sagging skin in their abdomen and have maintained their ideal weight for several months.
The vast majority of patients are very happy with the results after a traditional tummy tuck. The only complaint is that a scar remains across the pelvis that spans from hip to hip. In most cases, this scar can be easily hidden beneath most cuts of underwear and swimwear.
Mini Tummy Tuck
The mini tummy tuck, or “miniabdominoplasty,” is the ideal procedure for those who have excess skin in their lower abdomen only, which is often the result of pregnancy. The mini tummy tuck does not address the middle of the abdomen and it does not tighten the underlying muscles. Recovery time is shorter than the traditional tummy tuck, but the results are less dramatic. Men and women who need minor improvement to the lower abdomen benefit most from this procedure.
The best way to determine the tummy tuck procedure that is right for you is to schedule a consultation with an experienced and qualified plastic surgeon. Dr. Scroggins would be happy to review your options and assess your needs. To schedule an appointment, please call (301) 220-0400 or fill out our online contact form today.