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How to Know If You Need a Full or Mini Tummy Tuck

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If you've tried to get a flat abdomen through exercise and dieting but still have a pouch due to too much skin or weak muscles, then a tummy tuck can probably help. A tummy tuck can reshape your figure in a way that dieting and exercise cannot. The question is whether you want a mini tuck or a full tummy tuck. Here's how the two differ.

Repairing Muscle Separation

If you have a torn or weak muscle above the belly button, you'll need a full tummy tuck. The muscles in this area can separate and get weak due to pregnancy or being overweight. Normally, tight muscles act like a girdle that holds your organs in place so your stomach appears flat. When the muscles are weak, your abdomen protrudes. During the tummy-tuck operation, the doctor tightens your muscles so they offer better support and give you a flatter appearance. A mini tummy tuck only addresses muscles below the belly button and won't fix a pouch caused by separated muscles higher up.

Removing Stretch Marks and Excess Skin

If excess skin is a problem due to your having lost a lot of weight, then your doctor will probably do a full tummy tuck so your skin can be removed and tightened. One advantage to having excess skin removed is that your stretch marks will be removed too. The stretch marks on your lower abdomen are removed along with excess skin. The skin on your upper abdomen will be pulled down tight, so stretch marks in that area will now be hidden under a swimsuit or panties. If you want tighter skin and fewer stretch marks, you'll get better results from a full tummy tuck, since the doctor can't remove much skin with the mini procedure.

Living with the Scars

One disadvantage of having a full tummy tuck is that it requires a large incision that goes from one hip bone to the other. This allows the doctor to access all the muscles of the abdomen and permits the removal of excess skin. You'll probably be left with a faint scar, but your doctor will position it so it is hidden by your underwear or bikini bottom. The reason mini tucks are so popular is that a much smaller incision is made, so the scar is less visible.

While you may prefer a mini tuck since it is a simpler procedure, you may not be a good candidate for it. The mini tuck works best as a muscle-tightening operation for your lower abdomen. It can be combined with liposuction to further enhance your shape. A full tummy tuck is usually indicated if you have muscle separation in the upper abdomen or if you have excess skin to remove. Both procedures can drastically change your shape by giving you a flatter abdomen and shapelier curves when a tummy tuck is combined with liposuction.

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