Abdominoplasty, better known as a tummy tuck, is a procedure aimed at improving the appearance of the belly. While a full, or traditional, tummy tuck can provide the best contouring results for those concerned with their upper and lower abdominal appearance, a mini tummy tuck is a less involved form of abdominoplasty that can be just what some patients need for a beautiful midsection.
Lighter Surgical Approach for Less Extensive Needs
The popular belief about mini tummy tucks is that they can never produce results as flattering as a full tummy tuck. However, not everyone requires the same degree of correction. Patients with minor contouring needs won’t necessarily benefit from a more aggressive surgical approach, and may find that a mini tummy tuck provides the perfect amount of sculpting.
Unlike a full tummy tuck, which corrects baggy skin throughout the abdominal area, a mini tummy tuck focuses exclusively on the lower abdomen. During a mini tummy tuck, your surgeon will remove any excess skin below your belly button and may tighten your lower abdominal muscles. He or she may also remove a small amount of excess fatty tissue to create a slimmer shape.
The Best Candidates for a Mini Tummy Tuck
The best candidates for a mini tummy tuck are men or women who are in good overall physical shape and have few or no concerns about the appearance of their upper abdomen. Candidates may be very close to their goal appearance with the exception of minor loose abdominal skin or slightly separated lower abdominal muscles. Patients whose needs can be addressed with a mini tummy tuck alone can achieve results that are just as beautiful as those with more extensive needs who opt for a traditional abdominoplasty.