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What is the difference between a Full Tummy Tuck and a Mini Tummy Tuck?

When it comes to undergoing plastic surgery, it’s important you get the right procedure for you. With so many different types of procedures on the market that seem to do all the same things, it’s tough to distinguish which procedure is perfect for your needs. Today, we’re going to take a more in-depth look at the difference between a tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck so you can determine which procedure is right for you.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a surgical cosmetic procedure in which excess skin and tissue are removed from the midsection to create a more sculpted waistline. During a tummy tuck, an incision is made from hip to hip just above the pubic area. The skin is then pulled tight over the tummy, and the excess skin and tissue are trimmed away. One of the best parts about the tummy tuck is that it doesn’t just target your excess skin. Dr. DePerro starts sculpting your waistline from the inside-out by strengthening the abdominal muscles with a series of sutures. You can also combine your tummy tuck with liposuction for the ultimate contoured results.

What are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?

There are many benefits to getting a full tummy tuck, including:

  • Strengthens abdominal muscles from the ribs to the pubic area
  • Tightens skin around your midsection
  • Removes of excess, sagging skin around the abdomen
  • Low, discrete incision line

What is a Mini Tummy Tuck?

A mini tummy tuck is exactly what it sounds like – it’s a less invasive version of the traditional full tummy tuck. This surgical cosmetic procedure takes the same surgical principles of a traditional tummy tuck but scales them down for patients who don’t need as extensive surgery to achieve their desired results. During a mini tummy tuck, a smaller incision is made just above the pubic area. Through that incision, Dr. DePerro only strengthens the lower abdominal muscles before pulling the skin tight and trimming away the excess skin and tissue producing a flat, tight tummy.

What are the Benefits of a Mini Tummy Tuck?

There are many benefits to getting a mini tummy tuck, including:

  • Uses a smaller incision than a traditional tummy tuck
  • Requires a shorter amount of recovery time than a traditional tummy tuck
  • Removes excess, sagging skin around the lower abdomen
  • Strengthens lower abdominal muscles

Is a Full Tummy Tuck or a Mini Tummy Tuck Better?

Really, the better procedure for you depends on your body’s current condition. If you have a large amount of excess, sagging skin both above and below your belly button, a full tummy tuck may be the solution you’re looking for. If you only have a small amount of loose skin around your lower abdomen, on the other hand, a mini tummy tuck may be the better deal for you. If you’re not sure where your body stands in terms of what solution you may need, come in for a consultation with Dr. DePerro. He’ll assess your concerns and help you determine which treatment or treatments are right for you.

Don’t wait another day – contact us to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. DePerro today!



Meet Dr. Michael DePerro

Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. DePerro has now moved back to Columbus and opened his plastic and reconstructive surgery practice at the Knightsbridge Surgery Center in 2016. His office is conveniently located at 1830 Bethel Rd. Suite 200, Columbus, OH 43220. Dr. DePerro has privileges at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Dublin Methodist Hospital, and Mount Carmel East/West Hospital. Dr. DePerro and his team share a commitment to quality and innovative plastic and reconstructive surgery and the desire to provide you with the highest standard of care.

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