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What’s The Difference Between A Mini and Full Tummy Tuck?

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Everyone has heard of a tummy tuck–a plastic surgery that helps patients remove excess skin and fat to achieve a slimmer stomach–but many people don’t realize that not everyone who is a candidate for a tummy tuck needs a full one. Often, cosmetic surgeons will perform modified versions of the tummy tuck procedure–like a mini tummy tuck–to fit a patient’s specific needs. 

The main difference between a mini tuck and a full tummy tuck is that a mini tuck does not address the upper abdomen or belly button. A mini tummy tuck focuses on loose skin and fat in the lower stomach area. Often during a full tummy tuck, the belly button is repositioned to look more natural, but during a mini tuck, there is no reason for this because it does not affect the belly button. A mini involves a smaller incision than a full tummy tuck. 

Mini tucks best suit patients who are in good shape, but may need some help firming up the lower abdomen muscles or getting rid of extra skin after weight loss. The procedure addresses these concerns while leaving the upper abs and abdomen alone because they often do not need any treatment.

Dr. Jonov at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery performs full, mini, and extended tummy tuck procedures. In a consultation, he can recommend the tummy tuck best suited for you and your needs. 

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The Perfect Tummy Tuck In Bellevue

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Who doesn’t want a smooth, toned, firm abdomen? There are thousands of diets, products, and workouts dedicated to helping you achieve a flat stomach, yet you are still dreaming of those healthy abs you haven’t discovered yet. Look no further; expert plastic surgeon Dr. Craig Jonov can help you achieve your goal by performing a Tummy Tuck for you in Bellevue.

The stomach is an area that tends to accumulate excess fat, skin, and stretch marks over time throughout many of life’s stages. From physical growth, to weight loss, to maternity, to aging, the stomach’s appearance can change very rapidly, leaving behind sagging skin and weak muscles. In some cases, diet and exercise will never be enough to fix these problems. That’s when a Tummy Tuck, known as Abdominoplasty, is the perfect procedure to tighten the abdomen and restore your body to fitness.

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It is important to find the right surgeon to perform your Tummy Tuck. Your provider should be someone with plenty of experience who values safety, aesthetic quality, and the utmost patient care. Double Board-Certified surgeon Dr. Craig Jonov exhibits all of these qualities and has performed hundreds of Tummy Tucks and has perfected his technique that leaves patients ecstatic with their results.

For both his male and female Bellevue patients, he tailors the procedure to each individual’s unique figure to achieve the desired results. Depending on the areas of concern, Dr. Jonov may recommend a Full Tummy Tuck, a Mini Tummy Tuck, or an Extended Tummy Tuck. Each addresses a different area of the abdomen and provides results designed with your wishes in mind. Dr. Jonov offers exceptional results and uses advanced surgical techniques to reverse the effects of heredity, maternity, or fluctuations in weight.

Dr. Craig Jonov will guide you through the process and help you determine which Tummy Tuck procedure will to help you reach your ideal figure. The Classic tummy tuck, also referred to as a Full tummy tuck, will offer you a flat stomach, with truly tighter abdominal muscles beneath it. Excess fat and skin will be removed from the abdominal area, beginning near your belly button and ending in the upper torso, just beneath the breasts. The incision will be placed below your belly button, such that underwear or a bikini can always hide the horizontal scar.

The Extended tummy tuck is a great choice for women in Bellevue who wish to transform a protruding abdomen and the fatty areas around it. Fat can be removed from the flanks and hips in addition to the abdomen to provide an all-around sleeker silhouette. The abdominal wall is tightened and the muscles are pulled back together. An Extended tummy tuck can be especially impactful if you have excess fat or skin on your back or hips. Addressing all of these problem areas can mean a total body transformation for you.

If you do not have very much excess skin or fat throughout your abdomen, yet have some below the belly button, Dr. Jonov would recommend a Mini Tummy Tuck.  This surgery addresses any “pooch” or “rolls” below your belly button and above your pubic area. The Mini is ideal for you as well if you have some excess skin in your lower abdomen that you wish to get rid of. Generally the Mini Tummy Tuck results in a smaller scar that is comparable to those from C-section births. When you pursue any type of Tummy Tuck in Bellevue from an experienced, top plastic surgeon like Dr. Craig Jonov, you can achieve amazing results.

At the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, you can schedule your consultation and rest assured that your needs and desires will be met. Dr. Jonov delivers incredible, consistent results and has a proven record of practices that demonstrate artistic ability as well as patient safety. As you can imagine, Dr. Jonov’s Bellevue patients love their results because their bodies are transformed immediately. If you have ever wished for an hourglass figure but never been able to achieve it, a Tummy Tuck may be the only procedure that can deliver the results you dream of.

While the scar from a Tummy Tuck does remain visible, Dr. Craig Jonov’s results are symmetrical, intentional, and precise. He places the scar so that it can easily be concealed by your clothing and recommends a scar treatment protocol that will greatly reduce the appearance of the scar over time. If you have a scar from a past procedure or C-Section, Dr. Jonov will attempt to provide the most aesthetically pleasing result and use or remove the skin with existing scars.

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Abdominoplasty treats excess skin and weakened muscles. You may be wondering what options you have for the excess fat in the abdomen, hips, or flanks. Liposuction is commonly combined with Abdominoplasty to create an even more drastic transformation. Liposuction removes the fat cells beneath your skin, while Abdominoplasty tightens the muscles and removes excess skin. At the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Jonov often performs these transformations and creates stunning results for his Bellevue patients.

Several of Dr. Jonov’s patients from Bellevue seek a more slender figure, with healthy, tight abs. Stretch marks, sagging skin, and loose muscles may negatively be impacting your self-confidence. After all the hours you spend at the gym and in the kitchen trying to transform your own body, abdominoplasty may be the most efficient way to regain your flat abs.

The Ultimate Tummy Tuck Guide

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Tummy Tuck In Seattle

Are you looking for a slim waist, tight abs, and a more beautiful silhouette? Do you have excess belly fat or skin from changes in your weight, maternity, or aging? If so, a Tummy Tuck in Seattle at the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery will help you look stunning and regain your youthful figure.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A Tummy Tuck, also called Abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that reshapes your abdominal area, from your lower belly up to the area below your chest.  It flattens your stomach and makes your abs look smooth, firm, and toned. It can remove excess skin, and tighten your loose or separated muscles.

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Would I be a good candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

If you have any of the following qualities, you may be an excellent candidate for a tummy tuck:

  • Loose skin in the abdominal area, possibly from pregnancy or weight loss
  • Weakened abdominal muscles, from pregnancy or other injuries
  • Belly fat that remains persistent despite efforts to exercise and eat healthy
  • Extra skin in the stomach area that prevents your stomach from looking flat
  • Any belly that does not have a flat, toned appearance that you wish to improve

While liposuction is the procedure that removes excess fat from any area of the body, a Tummy Tuck specifically focuses on your abdominal area, including both the skin and muscles. Your skilled plastic surgeon, Dr. Craig Jonov, would perform your Tummy Tuck at the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery in Seattle and provide you with results for your body that diet, exercise, and weight loss alone are not giving you.

What types of Tummy Tucks are available?

The type of Tummy Tuck you choose is important to help you reach your ideal figure. The Classic tummy tuck, also referred to as a Full tummy tuck, will provide you with the naturally looking result of a flat stomach. Excess fat and skin can be removed from the area spanning from your belly button up to the top of your abdominal wall.

You can also request a Mini tummy tuck, which addresses just the area below the belly button and above the pubic area. It is an ideal option for you if you only have a “pooch” or a little excess skin beneath your belly button that you wish to get rid of. Generally the Mini tummy tuck uses a smaller incision, with a scar that is comparable to those from C-section births.

Finally, the Extended tummy tuck is a great choice for women in Seattle if you wish to transform your abdomen from all angles. Fat can be removed from the flanks and hips in addition to the abdomen. The abdominal wall is tightened and the muscles are pulled back together. An Extended tummy tuck can be especially impactful if you have been overweight in the past and lost significant weight, or have had multiple pregnancies. When you pursue any type of Tummy Tuck in Seattle from an experienced, top plastic surgeon you can achieve beautiful, lasting results.

What is the procedure for a Tummy Tuck like?

You may be wondering how a skilled plastic surgeon even performs a Tummy Tuck. The overall procedure can take anywhere from two to five hours, depending on your unique body. First, you will be placed under general anesthesia. Then the surgeon will make an initial incision; the length and direction of the incision depend on the type of tummy tuck you are receiving.

After that, a second incision will be made, parallel to the first one, such that any excess skin can be removed and the abdominal muscles can be pulled together more tightly. After the muscles are repaired and tightened, the excess skin is removed. The belly button is repaired and reconstructed, and the abdominal skin is pulled back down against the body. The incision is closed using sutures, stitches, and surgical tape. Then the surgery is complete, and the abs can rest and recover.

What other procedures can be combined with a Tummy Tuck?

Many patients would like to transform their entire body, not just their stomach. Often patients who wish to receive a Tummy Tuck in Seattle combine other procedures such as Liposuction or Breast Augmentation with a Tummy Tuck to provide a total body transformation. For women who have had children and want to restore their pre-pregnancy body, this combination of procedures is referred to as a Mommy Makeover.

What can I expect after my Tummy Tuck?

A compression surgical garment may be used during the recovery process, to ensure proper healing and reduce swelling. You will be able to walk, even the day of your surgery, but it is recommended to plan on resting and recovering for at least three to five days following the surgery. Your recovery period before you resume your normal daily activities may span from one to six weeks. From there your scar will heal slowly, and your swelling will reduce to reveal your final result- a flat belly that is toned and stunning.

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Why should I consider getting a Tummy Tuck?

Perhaps you once had toned abs, but due to natural aging and weight gain you have lost your hourglass shape. Or, maybe due to your genetics you have never had a trim, slim waistline. The effects of heredity, aging, prior surgeries, weight gain or loss, and pregnancy can all be combatted by receiving a Tummy Tuck in Seattle from expert plastic surgeon Dr. Craig Jonov.

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