It may be confusing to some people to differentiate a full tummy tuck from a mini tummy tuck.  For some people, “mini” may mean shorter incision, however, the medical use of a mini tummy tuck is that it will only work on the lower abdomen and there will be no incision at the belly button and the muscles over the belly button will not be tightened.

However, few people are good candidates for the mini tummy tuck. When the mini tummy tuck is used for patients who are not qualified, it may lead to some unsatisfactory outcomes which may include bulging at the upper abdomen with an odd-looking navel. Sometimes, it may look as if it was pulled down.

With a full tummy tuck, there is the removal of the fat and extra skin which is found at the pubic bone and it tightens the abdominal muscles over or below the belly button. It helps to achieve a firmer and flatter look at the abdomen. The technique will require the use of a low-lying incision which may be concealed using underwear and bathing suits. The length of the incision will depend on the individual needs of the patient.

Being aware of the difference between a full and mini tummy tuck is important for achieving the right results. If you want to know which type of tummy tuck is right for you, it is good to talk to a board-certified surgeon to make sure that you get the most effective treatment that will lead to your goals and unique needs.

What happens with the belly button?

With a full tummy tuck, the belly button gets removed and then relocated. This is because, during the procedure, the navel placement will be pulled down to be at the lower abdomen with the surgery. The resulting position cannot look right when it is left as it was. However, since the mini tummy tuck only works to remove a small amount of belly skin, then the belly button will not change its position.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in learning more about the different types of tummy tucks, contact Brandon Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sheinbaum. Dr. Sheinbaum will help you to decide on what type of tummy tuck procedure is best for you based on your unique anatomy and goals.