Mini Tummy Tuck or Full Tummy Tuck?
Dr. Laurie A. Casas writes about the different options for surgical fat reduction and highlights the differences between a traditional Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) and the so-called Mini Tummy Tuck (Mini Abdominoplasty). You may also want to consider other non-surgical fat reduction options like CoolSculpting or Liposuction.
I’m in my mid-fifties and finally at a point in my life where I can focus on taking care of me. Ever since I had children, I’ve had loose abdominal skin that really bothers me. I’m interested in getting a tummy tuck, but I’m not sure which procedure would be best for me: mini tummy tuck or full tummy tuck? Do they require different types of anesthesia? I’ve only ever had an epidural when I had my children, and I’m nervous about having to go under general anesthesia.
Mini tummy tucks are best suited to those patients whose loose abdominal skin affects their lower abdomen only. For best results with a mini tummy tuck, good quality upper abdominal skin is required. If you want to test your own abdominal skin quality, bend over at the waist in front of a mirror. If a roll of loose skin forms above your waist, you may not be a good candidate for the mini tummy tuck and may want to consider a full tummy tuck instead.
Decisions about what type of anesthesia will be best for you are made in conjunction with a board-certified anesthesiologist. It is possible to perform both mini and full tummy tucks under general or local anesthesia. Local anesthesia involves epidural or sometimes spinal analgesia. Occasionally, even if the epidural has been performed perfectly, patients still report enough feeling that general anesthesia becomes necessary.
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Author: Dr. Laurie A. Casas, www.casas.md – MD, FACS
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