tummy tuck

Most of us want to have a contoured, flat stomach, but regardless of the work we put in we still have excess skin! Often caused by weight loss and pregnancy, this area of stretched muscle and loose skin can generally only be fixed with a tummy tuck. But do you require a full tuck or a mini tuck?

If you are considering a full or mini tummy tuck in Sydney, Perth, Adelaide or elsewhere, read this blog before making your decision.

What is a full tummy tuck?

The aim of a full tummy tuck is to tone and smoothen the entire front abdominal from the pubic area up below the rib cage. The procedure begins with an incision between the pubic area and the navel as well as a second incision above the navel.

Then, the excess skin is removed from the tummy, and the muscles are tightened and repaired. The skin is then pulled over the midriff, producing a slimmer, smoother aesthetic. Often, a new belly button will be moved or shaped higher on the belly.

What is a mini tummy tuck?

The aim of a mini tummy tuck is to focus solely underneath the patient’s navel. Similar to a full tummy tuck, the incision is placed a few inches below the navel, allowing your qualified surgeon to remove loose skin and repair the muscles. Next, the skin is pulled tightly over the lower abdomen, with the intention of eliminating any signs of loose, slack skin.

So, which tummy tuck is right for you?

Now that you understand both the full and mini tummy tucks, it’s time to decide which is right for your cosmetic goals. A mini tummy tuck is ideal for people who only really have a small area of loose skin below the navel. Being a “mini” version, it’s much less invasive than a full tummy tuck and generally involves less recovery time. 

A full tummy tuck is ideal for patients who endure excess skin, roundness both above and below the navel, as well as general sagging. It is a more thorough procedure, however most people end up very happy with their results and don’t experience too much downtime.

Regardless of whether you go for the full or mini tummy tuck, both procedures are designed for women who don’t intend to have any more children as this may compromise the results of their tuck. It’s also advised to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly after you recover.

Can you combine your tummy tuck with other surgeries?

While a full or mini tummy tuck will rectify slack muscles and loose skin, it may not eliminate stretch marks, unless they’re located on the part of the excess skin that requires removal. Furthermore, fat is not removed from the area during your tummy tuck procedure. However, if your tummy contains stubborn fat areas along the abdomen, back, buttocks or thighs, your surgeon may be able to perform liposuction at the same time as your tummy tuck procedure.

Finally, many women choose to have a “mummy makeover” after they are finished having children. This is a specialised set of surgical procedures designed to regain a more youthful aesthetic after children and can contain labiaplasty, breast augmentation, a breast lift and Brazilian butt lift – depending on what you want to achieve.

As always, you should consult with your highly qualified and experienced surgeon to define what is right for your goals.

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