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The tummy tuck vs the mini tummy tuck: which one is right for you?

August 27, 2019

If you’re considering a tummy tuck, you’ve likely also heard of the mini tummy tuck, and you may be wondering which suits your purposes best. Of course, the best way to determine which surgical procedure will best help you achieve your goals (as well as whether liposuction will be needed) is to schedule a consultation. But for clarity’s sake, here I break down the fundamental differences between the two procedures!

 

First, what is a tummy tuck, and who should get one?

 

A tummy tuck, aka an abdominoplasty, is an abdominal wall skin tightening procedure aimed at removing excess skin and fat post-weight loss and pregnancy. If you have undergone dramatic weight loss or have given birth and have loose skin hanging skin around your stomach area as a result, tummy tuck surgery may be right for you. You are likely a prime candidate if you’ve tried diet and exercise and find they’re not helping your cause. However, the procedure is not suitable for anyone intending to get pregnant again or still in the process of losing weight. For best results, it’s important to be as close to your ideal weight and body fat percentage as possible at the time of your surgery.

 

The mini tummy tuck vs tummy tuck at Toronto’s SpaMedica

 

Essentially, while a tummy tuck aims to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen for an overall firming effect, a mini tummy tuck is less invasive and focuses on the skin between the belly button and the pubic bone.

 

A tummy tuck is well-suited to treating any muscle separation or loose skin both above and below the belly button as well as removing stretch marks. The navel is separated from the rest of the tissue and abdominal wall, and the muscles underneath pulled into a tighter position. The flap is then stretched down, and excess tissue removed.

 

Some consider a mini tummy tuck for the smaller scar. A mini tummy tuck is largely a muscle tightening procedure that can be performed using an endoscope. A small incision is made above the pubic bone to remove fat, the abdominal muscles are tightened, and loose skin is stretched over the incision with the excess removed. Mini tummy tucks are best-suited to patients who have a minor quantity of loose skin hanging on the lower portion of the stomach, which does not stretch to the sides.

 

If needed, either a tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck procedure can also include liposuction for best possible results. Operating time is generally in the vicinity of 2-3 hours, but will vary depending on the type of tummy tuck we decide is right for you, your age, and the extent of your skin’s elasticity.

 

Schedule a consultation at SpaMedica today to learn more about the fantastic tummy tuck Toronto options offered at our clinic!

Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
Posted by Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
has been practicing plastic surgery for over 20 years. He is one of Canada’s most renowned and best plastic surgeons in Toronto with his wealth of experience, artistry, and humbleness towards his patients.

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