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Tummy Tuck vs. Mini Tummy Tuck in Charlotte, NC

A tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure that gives you a flatter abdomen by removing fat and skin as well as repositioning the muscles. Depending on the location of the excess fat and skin, however, our Board Certified Plastic Surgeons may recommend a full tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck. Both of these procedures give patients beautiful, flat stomachs, so the choice between the two procedures is based on the individual patient needs. Generally, patients who have excess fat above and below their bellybuttons benefit from full tummy tucks, whereas patients who have excess skin and fat only below their bellybuttons may have optimum results from a limited, or “mini,” tummy tuck.

Some of the difference between a tummy tuck and mini tuck are as follows:

  • Because candidates for a mini tuck typically require less correction, the incisions are generally much smaller than with a full tummy tuck.
  • Mini tummy tucks entail more muscle tightening than full tummy tucks, which typically involve a removal of excess skin and fat.
  • Although both a full tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck are considered major surgeries, the more limited correction of a mini tuck means that recovery is generally shorter than a full tummy tuck. 

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