What is the Difference Between a Tummy Tuck and a Mini Tummy Tuck?

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One of the most common concerns among our patients is excess fat and skin around the midsection. Even if you are at or near your target weight, you may struggle with stubborn, isolated pockets of excess fat or an abundance of skin laxity along the abdomen. Fortunately, Dr. David L. Durst offers a number of body contouring procedures that can help you achieve your goal of a smoother, firmer stomach.

A traditional tummy tuck is designed to eliminate loose skin while tightening the underlying muscles and the remaining skin for a flatter appearance. To optimize the results of a tummy tuck, Dr. Durst may recommend combining the procedure with liposuction (if necessary) to reduce excess fat that may be contributing to an individual’s aesthetic concerns.

A mini tummy tuck offers many of the same benefits as a tummy tuck; however, this procedure is typically more beneficial for those who have a less severe amount of loose skin or lax muscles in the abdomen. Mini tummy tuck surgery primarily focuses on the area below the navel. Since a mini tummy tuck is a shorter, less invasive surgery, the recovery time is also generally abbreviated. A full tummy tuck usually requires at least three weeks before resuming most normal daily activities; a mini tummy tuck typically requires about two weeks of recovery.

During the consultation process, Dr. Durst will help you decide which procedure can best meet your individual needs. If you would like more information about our body contouring procedures, please contact our office today.

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