If you have been considering undergoing a tummy tuck procedure, you are likely aware that there are two main types of tummy tuck procedures available: the full tummy tuck and the mini tummy tuck. To put it very simply, the main difference between the full tummy tuck and the mini tummy tuck is that the full tummy tuck in San Francisco tightens upper and lower abdominal muscles and removes excess upper and lower abdominal skin and fat, but the mini tummy tuck is only concerned with muscle tightening and excess skin and fat removal from the lower abdomen.
This main difference between the two types of tummy tucks becomes quite evident when considering all the smaller differences between the two:
The full tummy tuck requires two incisions- one incision between the belly button and pubic region, right below the level undergarments sit, and another incision around the belly button.
The former incision, which usually spans from hip to hip, is the opening through which excess fat from the lower abdominal area is suctioned out, the lower abdominal muscles are tightened, and the upper abdominal skin is attached to the lower abdominal skin after excess abdominal skin between the belly button and pubic region has been removed.
The latter incision, which circles all the way around the belly button, is needed in order to suction out upper abdominal fat, to remove extra upper abdominal skin, and to tighten the upper abdominal muscles.
The mini tummy tuck in San Francisco requires just one incision- an incision between the belly button and pubic region, right below the area most undergarments sit, just like the full tummy tuck. But unlike the full tummy tuck, this incision is typically much shorter. This is because the mini tummy tuck removes lesser amounts of fat and skin than the full tummy tuck and doesn’t require as much muscle tightening.
The incision used during the mini tummy tuck is more often than not only as long as the span from one side of the pubic mound to the other. After the abdominal fat is suctioned out, the lower abdominal muscles are tightened, and the only skin that is removed is the extra skin that cuts slack from the area of with the tightened muscles.
What these differences mean for prospective tummy tuck patients is that one type of tummy tuck procedure will help make their abdomens look firmer, thinner, and more pleasing overall, than the other tummy tuck procedure. Almost all patients who have loose, sagging extra abdominal skin and fat all over their abdomens as well as loose upper and lower abdominal muscles will achieve more satisfying results by undergoing the full tummy tuck in San Francisco rather than the mini tummy tuck. And for patients with their extra abdominal fat and skin concentrated to their lower abdominals, the mini tummy tuck is likely to work best for them.