Tummy Tuck or Mini Tummy Tuck: Which Is Best for Me?

Most people have a little extra baggage around their middle and most people would probably, given the opportunity, would opt to get rid of it. Fortunately, there’s a tummy tuck to fit your unique needs! If you’re looking for a surgical solution, a tummy tuck is a great way to slim and restore the abdominal area, and you’ve got a couple options. Here’s what you should know about these two types of tummy tucks as you plan your consultation.

Traditional tummy tuck

The traditional tummy tuck is a tried and true method to overhaul the stomach area. This technique uses incisions to gain access to the underlying fat and muscles which can be repositioned and tightened with sutures. This has even been shown to have medical benefits for postpartum women who suffer from back pain or urinary incontinence because of weak abdominal muscles. After this is accomplished, any extra, saggy skin can be removed before the skin is pulled down and closed. Sometimes, liposuction can be used along with this technique to remove any stubborn fat in the area.

Mini tummy tuck

Although this technique is called ‘mini’, it can still be just as effective for patients looking for results below the belly button. The same technique as a traditional tummy tuck applies, but the mini tummy tuck is not as invasive and usually requires less downtime. Dr. Salzman can also perform liposuction on the lower body and hips during this procedure, meaning it’s a great option for overall rejuvenation of the lower body if your stomach area is otherwise satisfactory.

Which is best for me?

The best way to determine which tummy tuck is best for you is through a consultation with Dr. Salzman, where you can discuss what you would like the change and how you want it to look. However, a good way to determine which would benefit you most is through location— if you have stubborn fat and excess skin below the belly button, a mini tummy tuck can help. If the fat and loose skin extend higher, a traditional tummy tuck may be required. Dr. Salzman can also recommend whether you might benefit from just liposuction or even a non-surgical fat reduction procedure!

To schedule your consultation with Dr. Salzman and see what options are available to you, contact our office or fill out our online form. We serve patients looking for great results in the Louisville and surrounding areas.

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