Tummy Tuck vs. Mini Tummy Tuck: Understanding the Difference

tummy tuck Achieving a firm and toned abdomen is a common goal for many people. However, life changes like pregnancy, aging, and weight fluctuations can make it challenging.

Some issues, such as saggy skin or stubborn fat often remain unresponsive to diet and exercise. That’s when many patients start considering cosmetic procedures like a tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck.

At the Calgary-based practice of Dr. Jeffrey C. Dawes, you’ll find that both of these procedures could help you get back the abdomen of your younger days. But what’s the difference between them, and which is right for you?

Tummy Tuck: The Comprehensive Solution

A full tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is an extensive procedure that focuses on reshaping the entire abdominal area. It’s often the perfect choice for those who have separated stomach muscles or significant skin laxity that couldn’t be addressed through diet or exercise.

During the tummy tuck procedure, the abdominal skin and fat are lifted, the muscles tightened, and excess skin removed. Also, the belly button is usually repositioned to ensure a natural appearance.

Tummy tucks are generally recommended for those at a stable weight, those not planning on future pregnancies and those who have realistic expectations about the surgery’s outcomes.

Mini Tummy Tuck: A Less Invasive Approach

For those who have issues limited to the lower abdomen, a mini tummy tuck could be a good option. This procedure usually results in a shorter scar and focuses on tightening just the lower abdominal area.

It’s excellent for resolving issues related to a C-section scar or minor skin laxity. Unlike a full tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck doesn’t involve repositioning the belly button. Dr. Dawes performs this procedure by pulling the lower abdominal muscles into a tighter position, removing any excess skin, and finally suturing the muscles.

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Choosing between a tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck can be confusing, but Dr. Dawes is here to help. Depending on your specific needs, body type, and aesthetic goals, he will help you determine the best procedure for your needs.

Ready to take the first step toward a more confident you? If you’re in Calgary, AB, or surrounding areas, call 403-571-3141 today to schedule your personalized consultation with Dr. Jeffrey C. Dawes.

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“My role, in part, is to assist patients through the process of determining which surgical or non-surgical options would help them meet their aesthetic goals and realistic expectations” - Jeffrey C. Dawes MD, FRCSC


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