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What’s the Difference Between a Mini and a Full Tummy Tuck?

People get the words affect and effect mixed up. Same with complement and compliment.

In Dr. Malamet’s world, there is some confusion about the difference between a full tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck. Let’s end that confusion.

Full tummy tuck

If a woman has had children or has lost a large amount of weight, the skin, fat, and muscle in the abdomen can become over-stretched. This skin, no matter how many crunches you do, won’t return to its former degree of tautness. Think of a rubber band that’s been stretched for a long time and when you take it off it isn’t as tight as it once was. Once this has happened, your belly can push forward from the inside, creating the “pooch” that none of us want on our lower belly.

A full tummy tuck tightens those muscles back to their former tautness, creating a flat abdominal wall. Excess skin and fat are removed.

If a full tummy tuck, Dr. Malamet makes an incision from hip to hip just below the bikini line. Usually the belly button needs to be moved once the excess skin is trimmed away. In some cases, a second incision is made at the navel.

Mini tummy tuck

A mini tummy tuck is good for patients who have just a small amount of excess abdominal skin and have some minor skin sagging due to aging. In a mini tuck, Dr. Malamet makes a shorter incision, again just below the bikini line. Underlying abdominal muscles are tightened and excess fat is removed. Excess skin is also trimmed, but the navel isn’t relocated in a mini tuck.


With a full tummy tuck, patients need to lay low for at least one to two weeks following the procedure, especially avoiding any lifting. Mini tucks require less recovery time.

Want to get rid of your “pooch?” Call Dr. Malamet at 818-380-3130 and let’s discuss your tummy tuck options.