Dr. Zuckerman Q&A: Can I have a Mini Tummy Tuck or do I need an Abdominoplasty (Full Tummy Tuck)?
"Can I have a 'Mini Tummy Tuck' or do I need a 'Full Tummy Tuck'?" is the most common question I receive from patients during abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) consultations. The diagram above best explains the differences between the two procedures. Essentially, a Mini Tummy Tuck has a smaller scar but provides more limited correction, largely below the belly button. The majority of my patients actually need a full Tummy Tuck, and it's important not to "settle for" the Mini Tummy Tuck if you actually need a full Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck). Which one you should undergo depends primarily on a few factors:
- Much loose and overhanging skin you have
- Do you have muscle separation or a bulging abdomen above the belly button?
- Do you have stretch marks above the belly button?
- Are you happy with your belly button?
After an in-person consultation with me where I examine you and we discuss all the facets of your case, we can together decide which procedure suits you better.