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How Do I Know if I Need a Mini Tummy Tuck?

Posted on August 11, 2016 by - Tummy Tuck

shutterstock_175904006-300x205Many people struggle with excess skin as well as diet- and exercise-resistant fat in their abdominal area; this is especially true for women who have had children or anyone who has lost a significant amount of weight. Surgical correction is available in the form of traditional (full) tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck. But if you struggle with these cosmetic issues, how do you know whether a full or mini tummy tuck is the more appropriate solution to your needs? In this blog post, Dr. Carlos Chacon shares his knowledge to help you as you research your options.

While we might be bombarded with six pack abdominals in magazines and on websites, the reality is that many of us struggle with abdominal pooches. Women who have had children are especially prone to developing a flabby, protruding abdomen — but heredity, aging, prior abdominal surgeries and weight fluctuations can also contribute to a pooch. Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, removes excess skin and fat and, in the majority of cases, repairs separated or weakened abdominal muscles. The result is a flatter and firmer abdominal area.

The Mini Tummy Tuck

Those who have most of their excess skin and fat located below the belly button, and simply need minor correction may be suitable candidates for the less-invasive mini tummy tuck. This procedure allows for a shorter incision, resulting in a smaller and less conspicuous scar. It will help with extra skin that hangs over the belt line. And, unlike full tummy tuck, mini tummy tuck does not require that the belly button be relocated.

It’s important to keep in mind, however, that a mini tummy tuck will only address a portion of your stretch marks (or none at all). If you are concerned about extensive stretch marks or a large amount of excess skin and fat above the belly button, you may be a better candidate for traditional full tummy tuck. Should you ignore this advice and have mini tummy tuck, you may be dissatisfied with your results and eventually need to have a full tummy tuck down the road.

Am I a Good Candidate for Mini Tummy Tuck?

You may be a good candidate for mini tummy tuck if:

  • Most of your excess skin and fat is below the belly button.
  • Your abdominal muscles have not weakened or separated and do not need repair.
  • You have reasonable expectations of the surgery and its outcomes.
  • You are at a healthy weight and plan to maintain your weight.
  • You are a non-smoker.

Contact Dr. Carlos Chacon

If you have questions about whether you are a good candidate for mini tummy tuck, contact Dr. Chacon by calling (858) 633-7546 and request a personal consultation.