What is the Difference Between a Standard Tummy Tuck and a Mini-Tummy Tuck?

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Tummy Tuck Options

Tummy TuckTummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, is one of the most powerful body contouring procedures in cosmetic surgery. It is a great option if you have excess, sagging skin and loose muscle tissue in the abdominal area. A standard tummy tuck will address the entire abdominal area both above and below the belly button. A low incision just above the pubic mound is made from hip to hip, and another incision is usually made around the belly button. In a few candidates with a high belly button, a “float” procedure can be performed so there is no incision around the belly button. The skin and subcutaneous tissue is then lifted all the way up to the breast bone so the skin can be pulled down tight and the excess skin removed. At this time, if there is any looseness of the abdominal muscles, also called diastasis, the muscles can be tightened to create a flatter contour. A new site and shape for the belly button is then created. Careful liposuction can also be performed during a standard tummy tuck for additional contouring.

Tummy TuckThe Mini-Tummy Tuck

In contrast, a mini tummy tuck can be offered if you have loose skin only in the lower abdomen below the belly button. A low incision just above the pubic mound still needs to be made, but often it can be a shorter length depending on the extent of excess skin. A wedge of loose skin is then removed. If you also have loose muscle in the lower abdomen, this can be tightened at this time as well. The belly button is not altered during a mini-tummy tuck. Because there is less skin removal and less moving of tissue, a mini tummy tuck generally allows for an easier and faster recovery.

Overall, tummy tuck surgery should be customized to your anatomy and goals. The improvements made from a tummy tuck are meant to last — abdominal muscles will remain firmer and tighter, and the excess skin will not return  However, future weight gain or pregnancies can negatively affect your results, causing the muscles or skin to stretch back out and become loose again.  If you’re still working on reaching your goal weight, or planning to have more children, it’s best to wait until you have achieved these milestones before having a tummy tuck.

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Dr. Won, Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon

Dr. Won, Board Certified Cosmetic SurgeonDuring your free consultation with Dr. Won, she will go over with you what will be required to get the desired results that you are looking for and advise you what to expect during the recovery process.

Dr. Won is passionate about creating personalized care for each of her patients. She strives to understand your vision and goals for your body, and offers her services and guidance to achieve exactly what you are looking for.  She believes that self-confidence is one of the key foundations for living your best life and offers high-quality care, both in surgery and during the recovery process to achieve the best results possible.

It’s natural to be a little anxious before undergoing any type of procedure, however Dr. Won can answer all of your questions and give you an idea of what to expect in order to put your mind at ease. You will be able to realize immediate results after your surgery and your confidence will certainly be boosted, so we hope you are as excited as we are to see the new and improved you!

Dr. Won is an experienced, Board-Certified surgeon. She is also a Fellowship trained cosmetic surgeon through the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, having completed hundreds of procedures. Her experience and passion for what she does ensures that you can feel confident by choosing her for your cosmetic surgery needs.

Are you a Candidate for Cosmetic Surgery?

Not everyone is a candidate for cosmetic surgery. If you are in the process of losing weight, it is best to wait until you have reached your goal weight before undergoing any kind of cosmetic procedure. Additionally, if you are still planning on having children, it is best to wait until you have had your child and recovered from the pregnancy. The reason for this is because weight fluctuations can affect the long-lasting benefits that are gained from having cosmetic surgery. Additionally, if you are currently a smoker, you will need to stop completely prior to undergoing any type of procedures since smoking can affect both the healing process and the results gained from a procedure. Also, it is important that you have a positive attitude and a realistic outlook about what surgery can do for you. An unhealthy lifestyle and poor overall health and fitness can wreak havoc on your appearance.

Dr. Won is Now Offering Free “Virtual” Consultations

The safety of our patients is of utmost importance. To limit your exposure and keep you safe, Dr. Won is now offering her Free Consultation appointment via Telemedicine! In your Consultation, Dr. Won will provide you with all of the information that you need about your options and what procedures would be best for what you want to accomplish. She’ll explain exactly what is involved and give you a price quote.

In accordance with the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Won is still available for a free, no-obligation consultation. You will be able to see her, face to face, through your computer or tablet, and receive her expertise, get your questions answered, and learn more about any procedure that you may be interested in having!

Your appointment will occur real time, as if you were face to face, with no health risk whatsoever to you. We look forward to meeting you!

We also have an insurance coordinator for those wishing to look into insurance coverage for procedures that qualify.

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