Many people struggle with stubborn fat and loose skin around their abdomen, leading them to consider cosmetic surgical procedures like tummy tucks when exercise and diet just aren’t doing the trick. To ensure you’re choosing the right tummy tuck, knowing the different types is crucial. The two primary types of tummy tucks are full and mini. Let’s take a look at what the difference is between the two so you can be better informed when deciding which one is right for you.


Mini Tummy Tuck vs. Full Tummy Tuck

Mini Tummy Tuck

Are you looking for a less invasive option for abdominal surgery that can give you a flatter and smoother-looking stomach? A mini tummy tuck could be the answer. The procedure focuses on removing excess skin below the belly button and tightening the muscles underneath. In addition, the mini tummy tuck pairs nicely with liposuction for the upper abdomen.

Tummy Tuck

Many individuals aspire to have a toned and flat stomach, yet for some, diet and exercise alone may not be sufficient to achieve their desired results. In such cases, a full tummy tuck can offer a solution. This surgical procedure effectively removes excess skin, fat and tightens abdominal muscles, resulting in a more contoured appearance. Let’s delve into the benefits of a full tummy tuck and how it can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

Mini vs. Full Tummy Tuck: Which One is a Better Option?

A tummy tuck can be transformative for those seeking a flatter, more toned abdominal area. However, choosing the right type of tummy tuck for your needs is important. A mini tummy tuck may be better if you have loose skin and muscles below the belly button. A full tummy tuck may be more suitable if you have loose skin and muscles from the pubic bone to the navel as well as above the belly button. Ultimately, consulting with a qualified plastic surgeon can guide you toward the best choice for your unique body type and specific needs.

Tummy Tuck and Pregnancy

Tummy tuck surgery can provide women with a smoother, flatter abdominal area, but the results may not remain the same if you become pregnant after the procedure. During pregnancy, bodily changes can impact the outcome of a tummy tuck surgery. As such, women should thoroughly evaluate their options and address any concerns with their surgeon before deciding.

Advantages and Disadvantages of a Full Tummy Tuck

A full tummy tuck comes with a number of advantages and a few disadvantages. When comparing the full tummy tuck to a mini, it’s important to go over the pros and cons.


  • Eliminating Excess Skin.
  • Restoring Abdominal Muscle Tightness.
    • Factors such as pregnancy and significant weight fluctuations can cause the abdominal muscles to stretch or separate, leading to a protruding belly or weakened core. During a tummy tuck, the surgeon repairs and tightens these muscles.
  • Enhanced Contour and Proportion.
    • By improving the appearance of your midsection, the procedure can create a more balanced and visually appealing silhouette.
  • Improved Posture and Core Strength.
    • Weakened abdominal muscles can negatively impact your posture and core strength. A full tummy tuck addresses these concerns by strengthening the abdominal wall, which in turn supports your spine and improves your posture. Additionally, the enhanced core strength gained from the procedure can contribute to a better overall fitness level and a reduced risk of back pain or other related issues.


  • Surgical Risk.
    • Like any surgical procedure, a full tummy tuck carries certain risks. These risks can include infection, bleeding, adverse reaction to anesthesia, poor wound healing, or scarring. Although serious complications are rare, it’s essential to discuss these risks with your surgeon and follow their pre and post-operative instructions diligently.
  • Recovery Time.
    • You may experience discomfort, swelling, bruising, and restricted movement during the initial recovery period. It can take up to 12 weeks/90 days to fully heal and resume normal activities.
  • Permanent Scarring.
    • The incision is usually made horizontally across the lower abdomen, just above the pubic area. It can be concealed by a bikini or undergarment.
  • Cost.
    • Costs include surgeon’s fees, anesthesia, facility fees, and post-operative care.

Whether you’re looking to fit into your favorite clothes more comfortably or simply boost your self-confidence, a full tummy tuck can play a significant role in achieving your aesthetic goals.

Advantages and Disadvantages of a Mini Tummy Tuck

When it comes to achieving a flatter and more toned stomach, a mini tummy tuck can be a suitable option for individuals who have specific concerns limited to the lower abdomen. Unlike a full tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck focuses on addressing excess skin and muscle laxity in the lower abdominal region, offering a less invasive alternative. Let’s explore the advantages and disadvantages of a mini tummy tuck to help you make an informed decision about this procedure.


  • Targeted Lower Abdomen Improvement
    • A mini tummy tuck primarily targets the lower abdominal area below the navel. It is an ideal choice for individuals who have a minor amount of excess skin and muscle laxity localized in this region.
  • Less Invasive Procedure
    • This procedure typically involved a smaller incision, usually below the bikini line, resulting in a smaller scar.


  • Potential for Scar Visibility
    • There will still be a surgical scar, but even if it’s shorter, it may still be visible especially if you wear low-rise clothing or swimsuits.
  • Limitations on Addressing Upper Abdomen
    • This will not adequately address concerns related to excess skin or muscle laxity in the upper abdomen.

Ultimately, the decision to undergo a partial tummy tuck should be based on your personal goals, physical condition, and consultation with one of our qualified plastic surgeons at Our New Image Plastic Surgery. Consider the advantages and disadvantages and discuss your options to determine your best action.

Schedule A Consultation

If you are considering a Tummy Tuck, consult with either Dr. Homas or Dr. Brostrom at Our New Image Plastic Surgery. They will evaluate your goals, offer their professional recommendation regarding the suitability of a mini or full tummy tuck, and ensure that you receive personalized attention and exceptional care throughout the entire process.

To schedule a consultation today, call our San Antonio, TX office at (210) 988-9819 or use our online contact form.

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