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A 20-year-old female asked:

how do i know if i need a mini tummy tuck or a full tummy tuck ?

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Dr. Jessica Allan
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
Go see a doctor: Before undergoing a mini or full tummy tuck.Slow down.Try on a bikini and look in a full length mirror. Do you see bulges?Weigh yourself and look up your bmi. Body mass index. Then measure your waist. If it is greater than 88 cm or 35 inches for a female then you may have extra fat on your frame or skeleton. The best way is to decrease calories in and increase energy expenditure meaning ex.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
See video 4 answer: There are at least 10 different types of tummy tucks (witch hazel) and the procedure you undergo will have great impact on the extents surgery as well as the recovery. Please see this link for a desription of the four most popular techniques: http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=djmer5b5bx4;feature=youtube_gdata_player in the photo to the right, the amount dof skin removed is demonstrated.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Seek Consultation: Mini tummy tuck is an operation that produces very limited results and is very rarely indicated. It involves a shorter incision but does not address the majority of the abdominal wall concerns for most patients who present in consultation. For example, the area of skin excised is quite small. Abdominal wall musculature is addressed below the umbilicus leaving the upper number wall potentially lax
Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
By Consulting: A consultation is the only way to know whether a mini or full tummy tuck will help you achieve your goals. The two procedures actually treat different conditions. A mini tummy tuck is not a good skin tightening procedure - it can only tighten a limited area (directly above the pubic mound). It really doesn't take care of stretch marks and does not address muscle separation above the belly button.

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