Do you feel self-conscious about your stomach pooch or a small bulge in your stomach? Maybe you have excess sagging skin left behind from pregnancy or weight loss? A tummy tuck can restore your curves and flatten your stomach and at Brandon Plastic Surgery, you have two options for your tummy tuck.

Full Tummy Tuck

A “full” tummy tuck or more traditional tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tightens the abdominal muscles to recontour and tone the stomach. Patients often choose to have a tummy tuck after significant weight changes or pregnancy. These bodily changes can cause a “stomach pooch” or excess sagging skin to form in the abdominal area, leaving many people feeling uncomfortable. A tummy tuck removes that excess skin and tightens the remaining tissue to rejuvenate your curves. Tightening the abdominal muscles will also strengthen your core, giving you health and cosmetic benefits.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck targets excess skin and fat creating a pouch on the lower abdomen or pubic area. Dr. Shienbaum performs his mini tummy tuck by removing a small strip of skin from the lower abdomen and pulling the remaining skin down to tighten the stomach’s appearance. He also uses radiofrequency lipolysis on the upper abdomen for adding sculpting. RF (radiofrequency) lipolysis is a type of body contouring technology that uses heat to melt fat and reshape the abdomen. Since this is a non-invasive approach to the full tummy tuck, the abdominal muscles are not tightened during a mini tummy tuck.

Which Procedure is Right for Me?

Men and women with a minimal amount of skin laxity and loose skin or fat may benefit from a mini tummy tuck but if you wish to treat significant amounts of loose skin, the full tummy tuck is the better option. Dr. Shienbaum will discuss your cosmetic goals and examine your abdomen to determine which is the best treatment option for you.

Mini vs. Full Tummy Tuck Recovery

The recovery from a mini or full tummy tuck is fairly similar. However, since a full tummy tuck involves deeper incisions and more invasive measures, recovery may be slightly longer. You should expect to take it easy for the first few days and gradually get back to your everyday activities after 2-4 weeks. Full recovery may take a total of three months, but most patients should feel back to normal after 6 weeks.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about our tummy tuck procedures and which one you can benefit from the most, schedule a consultation today at Brandon Plastic Surgery in Tampa, FL.