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How to Know if a Full or Mini Tummy Tuck Is Right For You

By: Dr. Rolando Morales


While most of us have heard of tummy tuck surgery, you may be surprised to learn that there are several different types of tummy tuck surgery available, each of which is intended for a specific purpose. With this in mind, you’ll need to consult with your plastic surgeon to better understand which type of tummy tuck meets your needs and aligns with your goals. At Morales Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX, board-certified plastic surgeon and body contouring expert Dr. Rolando Morales works directly with patients to create a customized surgical plan that will best help them achieve their desired outcome. Keep reading to learn more about the most common tummy tuck methods, including the full and mini tummy tucks, and discover which one may be the body transformation solution you’ve been searching for.

Who needs a tummy tuck?

Tummy tuck surgery can be beneficial for almost anyone who has excess abdominal skin, stubborn belly fat, and other cosmetic or functional concerns about their midsection. In the majority of cases, tummy tuck surgery is performed on patients who have developed unwanted changes in their midsection as the result of aging, extreme weight loss, or pregnancy. Some of the most common reasons for tummy tuck surgery include:

  • Loose stomach
  • Wrinkled stomach
  • Abdominal stretch marks
  • Hanging skin on stomach
  • Flabby stomach
  • Tummy pooch
  • Mommy pooch
  • Muffin top
  • Stubborn abdominal fat
  • Diastasis recti
  • Ventral hernia
  • Stress incontinence

Which kind of tummy tuck do I need?

Formally known as abdominoplasty surgery, the tummy tuck can be performed using a variety of approaches. Popular types of tummy tuck surgery include:

  • Full tummy tuck (traditional tummy tuck)
  • Mini tummy tuck
  • Extended tummy tuck

The right type of tummy tuck for you will depend on several factors, including how much extra skin and fat need to be removed. During a thorough consultation, Dr. Morales will evaluate these variables, explain how each type of tummy tuck works, and recommend the best course of action for you.

Can I get away with a mini tummy tuck?

Because a mini tummy tuck involves a smaller incision and is usually associated with a shorter recovery period, many patients are interested in learning if they may be able to “get by” with a mini tummy tuck versus a full tummy tuck. Again, the answer will depend on the nature and extent of their concerns – primarily in terms of how much excess skin and/or fat is present.

Generally speaking, the full (traditional) tummy tuck is appropriate for patients with a moderate to significant amount of loose skin who may also require diastasis recti repair and repositioning of the belly button. The mini tummy tuck is typically reserved for patients who are already at their ideal weight and have a relatively flat stomach but struggle with mildly loose skin and small deposits of stubborn fat. Fortunately, you won’t have to decide between a full and mini tummy tuck alone; Dr. Morales and our caring team will guide you through each step of the consultative and preoperative process to ensure your surgical plan is appropriately suited to your needs and goals.

Trim down in all the right places with tummy tuck surgery in Houston, TX

Because everyone’s body, lifestyle, and goals are unique, tummy tuck surgery is not designed to be a one-size-fits-all procedure. At Morales Plastic Surgery, we are proud to offer a completely personalized experience that allows each patient to enjoy the individualized surgical plan and outcome they deserve. To learn more about your options for tummy tuck surgery in Houston, TX, call to schedule your one-on-one consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.