Tummy Tuck Q & A

Q: Can a mini tummy tuck remove saggy skin under my belly button?

A: A mini tummy tuck is a good procedure to remove loose, saggy skin underneath your naval, and also will improve stretch marks. The length of the incision involved in a mini tummy tuck will depend of the amount of skin that needs to be removed but still has moderate length to it.

The incision is smaller than the full tummy tuck, but the important thing is the position of the scar and the manner in which the procedure is performed. A full tummy tuck will give a better overall result and if the incision is placed within the bikini line and heals great, you will be happy. However, the mini tummy tuck is still an excellent option if you are the right candidate because you will not need to reposition the belly button. Be sure to see a board certified plastic surgeon to determine which procedure is better for you.

Q: Post-pregnancy with lower abdominal saggy skin – mini tummy tuck or full tummy tuck?

A: The mini tummy tuck is an excellent option for people who have a small amount of lower abdominal skin to be removed. Unlike traditional tummy tuck, the surgeon does not have to reposition the naval during mini tummy tuck, and the incision is not as big. However, after pregnancy, the abdominal muscles often become weak and full tummy tuck would be needed to tighten and flatten your abdomen completely. To determine which procedure is best in your situation, you need to first see a board certified plastic surgeon for a complete examination.

Q: Hello, I am 34 years old, a Mother of Two Children, both delivered with a C-section. Is a tummy tuck right for me?

A: Many patients after child bearing would benefit from an abdominoplasty. Having children tends to stretch out your abdominal muscles and can leave your with skin laxity. If you have tried to lose the weight and can not do so an abdominoplasty can still be performed with great results, but these results would be optimized by losing weight first. Some patients may undergo liposuction to their abdomen first and then have abdominoplasty done 6 weeks later. I would make an appointment with your plastic surgeon to discuss your options.

Q: Mini or full tummy tuck after pregnancy?

A: To determine whether you need a full tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck, you really need to have a consultation with a plastic surgeon. If you do not have a lot of loose skin then you might only need a mini tummy tuck. Mini tummy tuck is performed on patients who require only minimal skin and fat removal below the belly button. The procedure requires a shorter abdominal incision and the belly button does not need to be repositioned. Meanwhile a full tummy tuck is for people with a lot of skin to be removed and muscle that needs to be tightened, and does

Q: Am I a good candidate for a full tummy tuck?

A: Judging simply by the pictures, you are an excellent candidate for a tummy tuck. Ideally, you would like to be finished having children so you can have the procedure once and be done. You should also lose as much weight as possible and be medically healthy. The excess skin you have would be nicely smoothed by the procedure. I would also recommend liposuction of the hips along with the tummy tuck when the time comes to improve your overall contour.