Wichita Plastic Surgeon
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your stomach, a tummy tuck can dramatically improve your self-image and confidence. This procedure is used to smooth, tone and slim the abdominal area, and can be done in a few different ways. Whether you would benefit from a full tummy tuck or a mini version of the procedure depends on your body and preferences. A skilled and experienced doctor, like Wichita plastic surgeon Stacy L. Peterson, M.D., can help you make that decision.
About the Tummy Tuck
“Tummy tuck” is an informal term for a surgical procedure called abdominoplasty. During this procedure, a plastic surgeon removes excess skin and fat around the abdomen and tightens the abdominal muscles. Excess skin is often caused by pregnancy, weight loss or aging, and it can’t always be tightened through exercise alone.
This procedure is usually done under general anesthesia and may or may not require an overnight stay at the surgery center. If you’re unsure about whether you’d benefit from a tummy tuck, or which type to choose, consulting a skilled and licensed plastic surgeon is your first step.
Full Tummy Tuck
If you want to flatten and slim the entire abdominal area, including the area above the belly button, typically a full or “complete” abdominoplasty is the appropriate choice.
The length of the procedure depends on the extent of the patient’s needs. The procedure is an outpatient procedure, most patients can go home the day of surgery unless they would like to pay extra to stay the night to have nursing observation.
Mini Tummy Tuck
If you’re only interested in improving the appearance of your stomach below the navel, a mini tummy tuck may be the best option for you. This version of the procedure only focuses on the area between the pubic area and the belly button.
Your plastic surgeon will probably only make one incision above the pubic area and won’t make any incisions around the navel. Essentially, he’ll use the same technique that a full tummy tuck requires, but won’t work on any part of the abdomen above the belly button.
A mini tummy tuck typically takes no longer than two hours and, like a full tummy tuck, leaves a scar above the pubic area. However, the scar is usually smaller and the recovery process easier with a mini tummy tuck than with the full version of the procedure.
Making the Choice
Ultimately, deciding between a full and mini tummy tuck is a personal decision. You may want to spend some time looking in a mirror and assessing how you feel about the portion of your stomach above the belly button.