What’s a Mini Tummy Tuck and How Does it Differ From a Full One?

With swimming suit season quickly approaching, many women are looking down at their bellies and thinking it may finally be time for a tummy tuck.

Sound familiar?

But tummy tucks aren’t just for looks. There can be some real medical benefits to having the procedure done.

Now your next decision is between having a mini tummy tuck or a full tummy tuck. But what exactly is a mini tummy tuck? And how does it differ from a full one?

Well, put down that bikini and let me show you.

What is a Mini Tummy Tuck?

A mini tummy tuck concentrates on the lower part of the abdomen, the area just below the belly button. It essentially addresses the “pooch” that a lot of women know all too well.

The procedure involves making a short, single incision just above the pubic region. This allows the surgeon to tighten loose muscles with internal sutures, which flattens the “pooch”, followed by removal of any excess skin.

The result is a flatter, smoother lower abdomen with a minimal scar.

The Differences Between a Mini and a Full Tummy Tuck

When deciding which procedure will be best for you, there are a few important differences you need to consider.

Area of Interest

If you have a small amount of localized loose skin and fat under the belly button, then the mini procedure may be your best option.

However, if your excess skin and fat is both above and below the belly button area, the full length of the abdomen region, then the full tummy tuck may be the way for you to go.


In contrast to the short, single incision that goes along with the mini procedure, the full tummy tuck involves an incision that goes from hip to hip. Then an additional incision is made around the belly button.

This additional incision is necessary to relocate the belly button after the excess skin has been removed from the upper abdomen.

Since the mini procedure doesn’t involve the upper abdomen and usually doesn’t require the belly button to be relocated, the additional incision isn’t needed.

Surgery and Recovery Time

The mini procedure is a less extensive operation. That means the surgery time and the recovery time could be less for you.

Some mini tummy tuck patients, who only have a small amount of skin to remove, may even avoid having drains placed during their procedure.

On the flip side, the full procedure places temporary drains at the incision site to remove any excess fluid buildup. These drains are then taken out a few days after surgery.


Swimsuit season, nor surgery, have to be a scary thought when you stay informed and know which tummy tuck will produce the best results for you.

Now all you have to decide between is the one-piece or the bikini.

Interested in learning which tummy tuck is your best option? Contact us today to schedule a consultation. And be sure to check out our Tummy Tuck Gallery.