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Tummy Tuck vs Mini Tummy Tuck

Posted on August 15, 2017 by: Dr. Rocheford

Oftentimes, women who have experienced pregnancy or significant weight loss notice excess fat and skin on their lower abdomen. The abdominal muscles can also weaken or even separate, causing a bloated appearance. A tummy tuck procedure can remedy these issues to create a slimmer abdominal profile. Some women may benefit from a mini tummy tuck instead of a traditional tummy tuck. Read on to learn about these two tummy tuck options to see which one is right for you.

Traditional Tummy Tuck

Women who are experiencing excess fat deposits and sagging skin on the mid to lower abdomen are good candidates for a traditional tummy tuck. An incision will be made horizontally between the hipbones, and excess fat and skin are removed. Weakened or separated abdominal muscles will also be tightened, and incisions closed. The belly button may need to be repositioned, depending on the amount of excess skin removed.

Mini Tummy Tuck

Those who are experiencing excess skin and fat below the belly button can benefit from a mini tummy tuck. Like a traditional tummy tuck, an incision will be created between the hipbones, only shorter. Excess fat and skin from the lower abdomen is removed, but there is no tightening of the skin above the belly button. Lower abdominal muscles can also be tightened. This procedure is not as extensive as a traditional tummy tuck, and may require less downtime.

Now that you are aware of the basic differences between a traditional tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck, you can discuss your preferences with your surgeon. Patients in the St. Paul area who are interested in a tummy tuck can contact Rocheford Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation.

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