Should You Choose a Tummy Tuck or a Mini Tummy Tuck?

When it comes to getting the trim, firmer stomach you’ve been on the hunt for, a tummy tuck can provide you with the kind of results that will lift your confidence levels. However, there isn’t just one tummy tuck option out there; in fact, you may find that your plastic surgeon could ask you to choose between these two options: a tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck. If you’re not sure what the difference is between the two, not to worry: Dr. Frederic H. Corbin can help provide patients with the insight they need to choose the right surgical option. As a board-certified plastic surgeon with locations in Beverly Hills and Brea, CA (also serving the greater Orange County areas). Dr. Corbin can bring decades of experience and knowledge to every consultation. This can help ensure that patients are extremely satisfied with their results.

Dr. Corbin typically stresses these differences between a traditional tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck:

  • First, it’s important to know the difference between the two procedures. A mini tummy tuck is typically performed only on the lower abdomen. However, there are some instances where variations of the mini-tummy tuck are performed on the upper abdomen, specifically if there’s separation of the muscle or a hernia. The floating umbilicus is another type of surgery that involves moving the belly button down.


  • The mini-tummy tuck procedure is ideal for younger patients who have issues with skin laxity. Older patients who’ve had children, or those who’ve lost a significant amount of weight, might be better suited for a full tummy tuck. This procedure is ideal for patients whose abdominal walls are not as strong.


  • The full tummy tuck has many variations that may work best, depending on your body type, skin laxity, desired results, and other variables. Patients may consider a belt abdominoplasty, or belt lipectomy. This procedure is more of a full “body lift” that addresses loose tissue around the circumference of their core. A trunk lift is often referred to as a lower body lift because it addresses loose skin from the thighs up through the mid-section. Lastly, a fleur de lis tummy tuck removes skin in two different directions (vertically & horizontally) and is more common in people who’ve lost a significant amount of weight. As such patients will have both a vertical and horizontal scar.


  • Consider how much time you can devote to recovery and how concerned you are about scarring. A traditional tummy tuck is a more invasive and time-consuming procedure than a mini tummy tuck. Therefore, patients who opt for a full tummy tuck will have a larger scar (one that typically extends horizontally across the abdomen and around the belly button). The mini-tummy tuck will leave a much shorter, lower scar.

Discover what it means to have a flattened tummy and tighter skin. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Corbin at either of his locations in Beverly Hills and Brea, CA (serving the greater Orange County areas). Simply fill out the form in the top right corner or call (310)284-8384 for our Beverly Hills office or (714)671-3033 for our Brea office.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.