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Mini vs. Traditional: Which Tummy Tuck is Right for Me?
Posted by Laurence Weider on February 11, 2019
The tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, has many different benefits and is known as one of the best ways to rejuvenate the stomach using surgical techniques. However, when considering your tummy tuck options, it’s important to know that you have a choice in which tummy tuck will benefit you best. Although Dr. Weider will discuss the right tummy tuck for you during a consultation, here are some things to keep in mind as you plan your consultation.
The Traditional Tummy Tuck
Sometimes called the Full Tummy Tuck, this technique is the standard tummy tuck that produces excellent results. This method is best for patients that have recently undergone major weight loss or pregnancy, since this method includes tightening of the underlying muscles. This can have many benefits, including greater support of the abdomen which can reduce symptoms like back pain or urinary incontinence. This tummy tuck, however, can be more invasive than the mini tummy tuck and require greater downtime and recovery.
The Mini Tummy Tuck
This tummy tuck is best for patients looking for improvement in fatty deposits and excess skin below the belly button. This method is less invasive and doesn’t require extensive downtime, but also doesn’t include muscle tightening. This means the mini tummy tuck is best for patients looking for rejuvenation of the lower abdomen and improved contours. Many patients prefer it because it can be a quick and easy way to correct slight sagging before beach weather.
Which is best for me?
During a consultation with Dr. Weider, you’ll discuss your goals for a tummy tuck procedure and which option will achieve your results. Generally, however, patients experiencing looseness and sagging because of abdominal stretching can greatly benefit from a traditional tummy tuck. Patients that want improvement of the lower abdomen without extensive surgical techniques and recovery can greatly benefit from a mini tummy tuck. In many cases, liposuction can be combined with either method for additional contouring and rejuvenation.
Schedule a Consultation
Your first step in your tummy tuck journey is scheduling a consultation with Dr. Weider who can discuss your best options and make a professional recommendation. To schedule a consultation at our Dallas office, contact us by calling or filling out our online form.
Dr. Weider, a native of Southern California, is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon who has maintained a private practice in Dallas, TX since 1999. After attending Stanford University, he obtained his medical degree (M.D.) from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He then completed a one year surgical internship in Los Angeles at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, followed by a four year general surgery residency in Dallas at Methodist Medical Center, and a two year plastic surgery fellowship in Cleveland at Case Western Reserve University.