Virginia abdominoplasty surgeon Dr. Roberta Gartside offers two options for tummy tuck surgery. Whether a mini or full tummy tuck is right for you will be based on your particular needs and is best determined during your initial body contouring consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon.
What a Tummy Tuck Does
Tummy tuck surgery removes stubborn deposits of fat and unnecessary skin from your midsection. It can also be used to tighten abdominal muscles and remove stretch marks, making it common in both mommy makeover and post-bariatric surgery procedures.
Both the mini and full tummy tuck procedure require an incision across the lower abdomen, but the extent of the incision is different in each one. The incision for a mini tummy tuck will not extend to the belly button, making it better for people who do not have a significant amount of loose or sagging skin. By contrast, a fully tummy tuck, which may be best following bariatric surgery, allows for skin above and below the belly button to be removed, producing a tighter, more toned appearance.
Dr. Gartside personalizes each plastic surgery procedure she performs. During your initial consultation she will discuss your options, outline procedural steps, and help you decide which type of tummy tuck is right for you.
Please contact our experienced Virginia tummy tuck surgeon to learn more about your options today.