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Mini tummy tuck is different from a regular tummy tuck in what way?

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Dr. Jason Lichten
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Upper vs. Lower

A mini-tummy tuck will not address looseness of the upper abdomen, only the skin below the belly button.
It is still surgery, usually done with general anesthesia, so it should not be thought of as a less invasive procedure. There are still surgical risks which is why you should make sure to discuss this, or any plastic surgery procedure, with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

In brief: Upper vs. Lower

A mini-tummy tuck will not address looseness of the upper abdomen, only the skin below the belly button.
It is still surgery, usually done with general anesthesia, so it should not be thought of as a less invasive procedure. There are still surgical risks which is why you should make sure to discuss this, or any plastic surgery procedure, with a board-certified plastic surgeon.
Dr. Jason Lichten
Dr. Jason Lichten
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Dr. Tom Pousti
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Rarely Helpful

The 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 issues present for most patients who present for consultation (after pregnancy and/or weight gain/loss). The area of skin excised is small and the entire abdominal wall muscle separation is not addressed.

In brief: Rarely Helpful

The 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 issues present for most patients who present for consultation (after pregnancy and/or weight gain/loss). The area of skin excised is small and the entire abdominal wall muscle separation is not addressed.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Dr. Tom Pousti
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Dr. James Kurley
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Less involved

A mini-tummy tuck usually involves a shorter incision in the lower abdominal fold and tightening of only the tummy muscles below the belly button.
A more complete tummy tuck will include tightening of the muscles above the belly button. The decision between one or the other is made based upon the amount of looseness present on the tummy area.

In brief: Less involved

A mini-tummy tuck usually involves a shorter incision in the lower abdominal fold and tightening of only the tummy muscles below the belly button.
A more complete tummy tuck will include tightening of the muscles above the belly button. The decision between one or the other is made based upon the amount of looseness present on the tummy area.
Dr. James Kurley
Dr. James Kurley
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Dr. Thomas Fiala
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Smaller operation

With a mini tt: 1.
Less skin is removed 2. Less tightening effect 3. Muscle tightening only in lower abdomen 4. Doesn't remove as many stretch marks 5. Shorter scar. 6. Doesn't fix upper abdominal looseness. 7. Only works for a small number of people.

In brief: Smaller operation

With a mini tt: 1.
Less skin is removed 2. Less tightening effect 3. Muscle tightening only in lower abdomen 4. Doesn't remove as many stretch marks 5. Shorter scar. 6. Doesn't fix upper abdominal looseness. 7. Only works for a small number of people.
Dr. Thomas Fiala
Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Dr. John Di Saia
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Lesser surgery

A mini tummy tuck is lesser surgery.
It addresses some skin laxity below the belly button and offers a muscular repair below the belly button if any muscle repair is performed. I do very few mini tummy tucks (witch hazel) these days. They simply perform poorly compared with the full tummy tuck (in my patients anyway.).

In brief: Lesser surgery

A mini tummy tuck is lesser surgery.
It addresses some skin laxity below the belly button and offers a muscular repair below the belly button if any muscle repair is performed. I do very few mini tummy tucks (witch hazel) these days. They simply perform poorly compared with the full tummy tuck (in my patients anyway.).
Dr. John Di Saia
Dr. John Di Saia
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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