What Is the Difference Between a Tummy Tuck and a Mini Tummy Tuck?

Young woman measures waist and examines weight after liposuction procedure.

Women and men often ask about a mini tummy tuck at our Louisville, KY, practice because it requires less downtime than the full procedure. If you’re wondering what exactly is the difference between a full tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck, though, the main distinction is the size of the treatment area. A full tummy tuck tightens skin and muscle across the entire abdominal area, both above and below the bellybutton. A mini tummy tuck only addresses the area directly below the bellybutton and cannot fix loose skin or separated muscles in other areas. Because it is less extensive, a mini tummy tuck will generally cost less than a full procedure, and its recovery is often quicker. If you only want to tone the area below your bellybutton and you still have good skin elasticity, a mini tummy tuck may be for you. However, most patients want to slim down the entire midsection (see our tummy tuck before-and-after photos) and are better candidates for a traditional tummy tuck.

If you would like to learn more about tummy tuck surgery in the Louisville area, request a consultation online. You can also contact our helpful office staff by phone at (502) 899-9979.

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