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.