What’s the Difference Between a Mini Tummy Tuck and a Full Abdominoplasty?

Tummy tucks are one of the most common types of cosmetic procedures carried out in the UK. Helping to eliminate excess skin and fat from around the abdomen, the procedure produces excellent, instant results. They are often performed on patients who have either lost a significant amount of weight or those who have had several pregnancies who now struggle to lose weight around the tummy area.

When searching for information on the procedure, you’ll discover there are actually two types available. You can either opt for the full abdominoplasty or a mini tummy tuck. If you’re struggling to decide which is right for you, below you’ll discover everything you need to know to make the best decision.

Understanding the tummy tuck procedure

A mini tummy tuck, as you’d imagine, is a less invasive procedure than a full abdominoplasty. This means it leaves a smaller scar and takes less time to perform than a full tummy tuck procedure. However, it also means that its results are more limited than the full procedure.

Typically, a mini tummy tuck London, involves removing a small amount of skin and fat from the lower abdomen. The belly button is left in place, while the incision is made around the public bone, leaving a pretty small scar. A full abdominoplasty on the other hand cores out the belly button and repositions it in a different area. It treats both the upper and the lower abdomen and is capable of removing a lot more skin and fat from the area.

Tummy tuck results and recovery

The type of tummy tuck procedure you choose will depend entirely upon how much skin and fat you need to be removed. Experts claim that around 95% of patients looking to have a tummy tuck would benefit from the full procedure.

The full abdominoplasty also tightens the area and while the scar is a little bigger, it actually isn’t that much bigger than the mini tummy tuck scar. Unlike a mini tummy tuck, the full abdominoplasty also tightens up the skin.

Recovery times also aren’t much different. These will be discussed at your initial consultation, but expect to be limited in your daily activities for a few days to a week after the surgery.

Overall a mini tummy tuck is ideal for those seeking just a little improvement. However, if you have a large amount of excess skin and fat, the full abdominoplasty would be recommended.

To find out if you’re suitable for a tummy tuck, please arrange a consultation with leading London cosmetic surgeon Mr Paul Tulley by calling 020 7183 1559.