Santa Barbara


Studio City



Confused Between Tummy Tuck and Mini Tummy Tuck? Here’s The Answer img 1

Have you naturally developed loose skin over time? Have you recently gone through drastic weight loss, and are left with wobbly, stretched skin that you are trying to get rid of?

Well, in both cases, the tummy tuck is a great option, but you need to decide which tummy tuck is going to be the one that will help you lose all that extra load of saggy skin. Is it a mini tummy tuck or a full tummy tuck?

To make it more straightforward, we have contrasted the difference between the procedure defining their purpose and why to choose one. Let’s see them in detail.

Full Tummy Tuck

A full tummy tuck is most suitable if you have large fat deposits or excess skin around your abdominals due to weight loss and want to get rid of it. This process is prevalent in females, especially when their abdominal muscles get stretched and separated due to pregnancy, making their skin saggy and loose. It is an effective method to fix the saggy skin that has lost its flexibility in both genders.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck fits patients with deficient skin near their abdomen area and looking for more modest appearance changes. Mini tummy tuck concentrates on the site below the belly button. People usually choose this option to tighten the skin around the muscles to look more lean and fit.

Differences In Procedures

A full tummy tuck is an invasive plastic surgery procedure and involves a higher risk than a mini tummy tuck. In this process, the surgeon makes an incision from the hip bone to remove the fat and tighten the skin and muscle as necessitated. The surgery is completed under local anesthesia and may take 4 to 5 hours to complete.

The recovery time required in a full tummy tuck is around six weeks, during which you are restricted to perform any heavy lifting or physical activity.

On the other hand, A mini tummy tuck is less invasive and involves limited risk compared to a full tummy tuck. The surgery is executed under local anesthesia and requires a smaller incision. The time needed for the whole procedure is about 2 hours and has a shorter recovery time of 1 to 3 weeks.

Differences In Cost

Cost is one of the prime concerns when it comes to choosing between both procedures. You must also keep in mind that many insurance firms do not cover cosmetic procedures. From the above differentiation, it is understood that a mini tummy tuck is less expensive compared to a full tummy tuck.

A mini tummy tuck costs between $4000 and $5000, whereas a full tummy tuck costs vary between $4000 and $20,000.

Now that you have some knowledge about the process, you can figure out which tummy tuck surgery you would like to go for, and in case you still have some doubts and want to consult an expert, feel to contact us or stop by, and we will assist you with every possible manner.

Dr. Daniel G. Kolder

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

As a highly trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Kolder’s specialties include:
Tummy Tucks + Liposuction + Breast Augmentation + Breast Lifts + Breast Reduction + Facelifts + Armlifts + Upper & Lower Blepharoplasty, as well as a variety of non-surgical aesthetic procedures. Dr. Kolder is also known to have a warm, easy manner, compassionate care, with surgical results that are beautiful and natural.

See Below Dr. Kolder’s Procedure Videos.

Patient Testimonial

“I was so pleased I chose to go to Dr Kolder! Not only do I love his staff, they are so helpful, efficient and just plain fun to talk to, Dr. Kolder makes you feel at ease with his knowledge and disposition. My surgery results were amazing and my recovery was made easy knowing I could call any time and get immediate attention and information. I highly recommend Dr. Kolder and his entire staff…”