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Mini vs. Full Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Dr. Rai - Cosmetic Surgical Center - Dallas, TX

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Even with a strict exercise program and a health diet, there are parts of the body where excess fat deposits collect and make it virtually impossible to lose the excess fat. To combat the problem of excess fat, cosmetic surgeons may perform liposuction or tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty).

Dallas board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Rai at the Cosmetic Surgical Center will perform a thorough evaluation and assessment of your situation and will recommend which procedure is best for you depending on what your desired result is. Thanks to the skill and artistry of a highly trained cosmetic surgeon such as Dr. Rai, you no longer have to fight a losing battle with fat.

Mini vs. Full Tummy Tucks

The abdomen can be one of the hardest areas to target for weight loss. Even if you do succeed in losing a substantial amount of weight through diet and exercise, the skin around your middle may still sag and look unsightly. Whether this has happened to you due to pregnancy or obesity, a tummy tuck procedure may be the right solution for you.

A tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, is performed to remove excess fatty tissue and skin from the abdominal region. They are extremely common in the world of plastic surgery, and they are almost always one of the top five cosmetic surgery procedures performed annually. There are several types of tummy tuck procedures that patients can research and select from after consulting with your cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Rai. Two of the most common options in our office are mini tummy tuck and full tummy tuck.

Mini (Partial) Tummy Tucks

Mini tummy tucks, also called Partial tummy tucks, are generally used for patients who have a minimal to moderate amount of loose skin and fatty tissue to be removed. The procedure starts when Dr. Rai creates a small, horizontal incision above the pubic area, and if necessary, one around your belly button. Through the incisions, unwanted fat can be removed, the abdominal muscle will be tightened, and excess skin will be removed. After this takes place, the remaining skin is sutured back together.

Full (Complete) Tummy Tucks

Full tummy tucks, also called Complete tummy tucks, are usually recommended for patients who have a substantial amount of fatty tissue and skin that needs to be removed. The primary incision for a full tummy tuck will extend from one hip to the other and is placed low on the abdomen so the scar can be covered by a bathing suit or underwear. The second incision will go around your belly button, and your actual belly button will be re-attached to a new location at the end of your surgery. Through these incisions, your surgeon will remove all unwanted fat and skin and then tighten up your abdominal muscles before re-attaching your belly button and closing the incisions.

After pregnancy, weight loss, or just plain aging, many people find themselves with excess skin and fat around the belly and decreased strength and tone of the muscles beneath. Tummy tucks address these problems for both men and women. The result is improved body contour and a smoother shape to the abdomen. Excess skin and fat are removed, the muscle in tightened, the skin is redraped to provide a pleasing shape, and the belly button is often moved to a new position within your newly contoured abdomen.

To learn more about how partial tummy tuck surgery can improve your appearance, please contact the Cosmetic Surgical Center in Dallas, Texas today to schedule your initial abdominoplasty/tummy tuck consultation.