There are two different types of tummy tuck surgery. The standard tummy tuck procedure involves the reshaping of the abdominal area of a person with liposuction and skin-lift jobs. A mini tummy tuck is actually a modified version of the standard tummy tuck procedure. It involves the removal of the lower abdominal with a C-section incision. Both full and mini tummy tuck procedures aim to provide a better, tighter abdominal area.
A mini tummy tuck is generally preferred in situations in which the surgeons do not think that a full tummy tuck procedure is needed. A mini tummy tuck does not require any incision over the umbilicus area of the person. The best candidate for a mini tummy tuck should have some excess fat and skin between the belly button and the pubic bone.
Pros and Cons of Mini Tummy Tuck
The standard full tummy tuck procedure involves more incisions than a mini tummy tuck. This means that more excess fat and skin are extracted and removed during a full tummy tuck, however, a mini tuck involves the least incisions and is not capable of removing much excess skin or fat.
Since it involves fewer incisions, a mini tummy tuck procedure recovery takes less time than the original full tummy tuck procedure. Most surgeons almost guarantee that patients can return their work within a couple of days after the surgery. Fewer incisions also mean fewer scars. After surgery scars of a mini tummy tuck are fewer and they are harder to notice.
However, a mini tummy tuck procedure should also be seen as major surgery. Both local and general anesthetics are administered during a mini tummy tuck surgery. Most complications seen after a mini tummy tuck surgery are associated with the anesthetic drugs administered during the surgery. If you are planning to get pregnant, you should not consider getting a mini tummy tuck procedure during that time.