The difference between a mini and full Abdominoplasty

In reality there aren’t all that many differences between the results of a mini-abdominoplasty and a full-abdominoplasty, it is more a question of the different reasons for which the procedures are performed. A mini-abdominoplasty is used to correct issues in the lower abdomen, from the umbilicus to the pubic region. The procedure is used to correct weakness of the lower abdominal muscles, localised obesity of this area, fascia and lower abdominal bulging. In contrast, a full-abdominoplasty is performed when the patient’s desire is to tighten the entire abdominal area.

A mini-abdominoplasty will generally only be performed when there is no other alternative. The procedure is used for individuals who have localized fullness of the lower abdomen. For example, after pregnancy or extreme weight-loss some people are left with loose lower abdominal skin and fat deposits. In other cases, sometimes a person’s genetic makeup just doesn’t favour any hopes of ever having a flat lower abdomen. Whatever the case may be, a mini-abdominoplasty should help improve the appearance of stretch marks, as well as provide a flatter more aesthetically pleasing tummy and figure.

Conversely, a fully-abdominoplast is a more extensive procedure than a mini-abdominoplasty, yet the results are more or less the same. During both procedures horizontal incisions are made along the lower abdomen, and the skin is then stretched upward. All excess skin and fat is removed during this stretching action before the patient is stitched at the point of the incisions. In some cases an additional vertical incision is also needed and a new navel is formed to give the patient a new sleek silhouette of a lower waistline. The goal of both procedures is to tighten the abdominal skin.

However, although both procedures are performed to tighten loose abdominal skin and repair weak muscles in the abdominal wall, a mini-abdominoplasty will only correct loose skin and weak muscles below the naval. It is important to be clear of your goals and how each procedure is performed, so that you can make an informed decision on which abdominoplasty would be best for you.

All surgeries leave scarring along the incision lines, and abdominoplasty is no different. The scars from abdominoplasty take about a year to heal to the way that they will always look. Abdominoplasty is usually performed as an outpatient procedure and can be performed under either general or local anaesthetic depending on the case. There are of course risks and side effects associated with the procedure, as with any surgical procedure. The most common risks associated with this procedure are bruising and bleeding, however these and other risks and side effects are best avoided by closely following your doctor’s instructions.

Recovery time for these procedures is quite extensive, so you should wait two weeks before performing light duties and at least a month before doing any heavy lifting. It is natural to feel tired and drained during the first month of healing, as most of the body’s energy will be used up in the healing process. In time the patient will be able to work on continuing to strengthen the abdominal muscles with exercise, to avoid issues associated with having weak abdominal muscles.


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