A tummy tuck can often provide excellent results for patients looking to contour their midsection to a sleeker shape. However, a full abdominoplasty may not be necessary for every patient. To find out whether you’d be a good candidate for what is known as a mini tummy tuck instead, ask yourself the following questions:
1. Are Your Abdominal Muscles Separated?
The state of your abdominal muscles can have an impact on your tummy tuck options. A full tummy tuck includes the repair of separated abdominal muscles, along with removing skin and fat from your waistline. Although a mini tummy tuck can include some degree of muscle repair, it doesn’t always, and that repair may not be significant. If only minor tightening is needed, you might be fine with a mini tummy tuck.
2. Is There Skin Laxity above Your Navel?
Skin laxity refers to the amount of stretching and sagging present in your skin. If you’ve noticed you have excess skin above your navel as well as below, a full tummy tuck may provide you with more comprehensive results that will tighten up your entire midsection. If your biggest concern is excess fat deposits located below your navel, a mini tummy tuck could well be enough to give you the results you need.
3. How Much Correction Do You Need Overall?
While both full and mini tummy tucks can provide excellent results, patients with only a little bit of stubborn fat to lose may find that a full abdominoplasty is more extensive than they need. For patients with small amounts of fatty tissue and problem areas located primarily below the navel, a mini tummy tuck may offer the perfect level of correction with a less invasive surgery and a smaller scar.