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Mini Tummy Tuck vs Full Tummy Tuck

Athenix supports patients with a range of procedures that improve the contour of their body, including liposuction, mommy makeovers, and tummy tucks.

As patients explore their options, they often ask about the difference between a full tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck and whether they are a good candidate for one of these surgeries. To answer these questions, here are some similarities and differences between the two.

Similarities of Mini-Tummy Tuck and Full Tummy Tuck

Both procedures focus on creating a more attractive, flatter abdominal area. Patients who choose to have a tummy tuck procedure are targeting loose and saggy skin around their tummy. Often, this is the result of significant weight loss, such as that following a pregnancy or a bariatric surgery. Loose, sagging skin may also be caused by aging or genetics.

A mini-tummy tuck and full tummy tuck each aim to remove fat and extra skin from the abdomen. Their recovery is somewhat similar as well, though the mini-tummy tuck may take less time for full recuperation.

Differences of Mini-Tummy Tuck and Full Tummy Tuck

Strong abdominal muscles help create a taut, flat abdomen. The full tummy tuck procedure addresses loose skin and fat as well as lax abdominal muscles, tightening and supporting them. The mini-tummy tuck typically just focuses on eliminating minimal loose skin and fat.

A full tummy tuck may also be necessary if the loose skin starts above the belly button. In this case, the doctor may need to recreate the naval for the smoothest midsection possible. If the loose skin is minimal and is below the belly button, a patient may only require a mini-tuck.

Another difference: because a surgeon doesn’t need as much “access” in a mini-tummy tuck, the incision is smaller than that of a full tummy tuck: it generally runs no longer than a typical C-section scar. A full tummy tuck will usually go from one hip to the other, though its appearance can be minimized by hiding it below the waistband line of a bikini or underwear.

Our doctors and medical team will evaluate your needs and determine which option will best achieve your goals. At Athenix, we will walk you through each step of your procedure and customize your surgical plan to make sure you get the best results possible.

Find out more about tummy tuck and mini-tummy tuck surgery. Athenix offers tummy tuck surgery at our following locations: Bellevue, Fresno, Irvine, Pasadena or Portland.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 Your safety is our top priority.

To our valued patients,

I hope that you and your families have stayed healthy and well during this difficult time. We want to thank all of the essential workers that provided us with critical services during this period and also to all of you that remained at home preventing the further spread of the virus.

As we re-open our facilities our priority remains the safety and well being of our patients and staff. To that end, we have implemented a number of important safety measures at all of our facilities.

  1. All patients, staff, and caregivers will be screened via a questionnaire and temperature for Covid-19 symptoms at the front entrance.
  2. Only those individuals that pass the screening will be allowed into the facility.
  3. Patients can only bring 1 other person with them to the appointment.
  4. All patients (and caregivers) need to wear a mask while in the facility. Please bring a cloth or other mask with you to the appointment.
  5. Physical distancing will be in effect in the office waiting room and throughout the office.
  6. Once the physical distance capacity has been reached in the waiting room, patients will be asked to wait in their vehicles and will be called to come in at their appointment time.
  7. All surfaces in the office will be cleaned and disinfected at least on an hourly basis.
  8. All patient rooms will be cleaned and disinfected after each patient use.
  9. Caregivers waiting for patients after surgery will be asked to not wait in the facility.
  10. All staff will be wearing PPE in accordance with CDC guidelines.

We understand that these continue to be uncertain and difficult times however we remain committed to your health, well being, safety, and ensuring you the best outcome possible.

All Athenix locations are now open. However, as we continue to practice physical distancing, we are still available for virtual consultations at any of our locations. You can reach us by calling 888-276-1535 or email [email protected] to get scheduled.

We thank you for your continued support and trust in Athenix and look forward to seeing you soon.


Gavin M. Dry, M.D. Chief Medical Officer