What Is the Difference Between a Full Tummy Tuck and a Mini Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is one of the most popular and transformative procedures in the plastic surgery industry. It has helped women trim, tone, and shape their bodies after having children or losing a significant amount of weight.

When considering having a tummy tuck, many patients wonder if they need a full tummy tuck or the less invasive option of a mini tummy tuck. At Widder Plastic Surgery in Vienna, Virginia, Dr. Shlomo Widder will carefully assess your goals with you during your consultation. With over 30 years of experience, and having performed tummy tuck surgery on well over 1500 patients, Dr. Widder is committed to helping you create the safest and most effective surgical plan to reach your goals.

He will explain the difference between a full tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck and offer his guidance on which one might be right for you.

What Are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?

After a woman gives birth or a person loses a significant amount of weight, the abdomen goes through a dramatic change. The result could be loose, sagging skin, stretch marks, stubborn pockets of fat, and abdominal wall weakness causing back pain and other problems. What’s more, once the skin is stretched, it may not have the ability to spring back.

Tummy tuck surgery addresses all of these problems. It contours the abdomen by removing excess skin, fat, and tissue and reconnects abdominal muscles that may have become separated. The results are a younger and fitter appearance with a sculpted, trimmed down waistline.

What Is the Difference Between a Full Tummy Tuck and a Mini Tummy Tuck?

A full tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck are designed to remove excess skin and tighten muscles to flatten the abdomen. However, there are some differences between the two procedures:

Full Tummy Tuck: A Full Tummy Tuck tightens skin and muscles over the entire abdominal area, both above and below the belly button. It repairs separated muscles in the mid and upper abdomen, as well as lower abdomen—these are the muscles you strengthen with crunches and sit-ups. The incision is made very low on the abdomen, just above the pubic area. The skin is then pulled down to tighten the entire abdomen. The process for floating belly button tummy tuck also includes the creation of a new belly button, unless you are a candidate.

Mini Tummy Tuck: A mini tummy tuck helps remove loose skin and tighten the abdominal muscles in the area below the belly button but doesn’t address loose skin or separated muscles in the middle or upper abdomen.

How To Know Which Procedure Is Right for You

These two procedures address different types of abdominal looseness and bulging. The choice comes down to matching your procedure to your specific needs and goals. During your consultation, Dr. Widder will carefully review each option with you and ensure that your goals are achieved.

Tummy Tuck in Northern Virginia and Washington D.C.

Dr. Shlomo Widder is located in Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. metro area and is one of the most sought-after cosmetic plastic surgeons. He is a leader and expert in tummy tuck surgery, having performed countless tummy tuck procedures in his 30 years of professional work.

For more information on your tummy tuck procedure, don’t hesitate to call our office at (703) 506-0300 or fill out a consultation form online.