Do I Need A Mini- Or Full Tummy Tuck?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I would like to get a tummy tuck and belly button reconstruction. I’m not sure what type I need. I workout approximately 5 days a week. I have a lot of scar tissue near my c-section scar that is bothersome. Would a procedure also help with the scars? What type do you recommend?

Tummy Tuck Options Dr Barry Eppley IndianapolisA: You are correct in your assessment that you would benefit by a tummy tuck. When it comes to tummy tucks there are really only two fundamental types; a mini- or limited and a full tummy tuck. The difference between the two is in the the location and amount of abdominal tissues removed. With uncommon exception, most women are better off with a full tummy tuck because it produces a better result, remakes the belly button and provides the best exposure for complete rectus muscle plication. As part of the tummy tuck, all scar tissue from the previous c-section(s) would be removed regardless of whether one gets a mini- or full version.

Be aware that many tummy tucks also incorporate liposuction as part of it to get a better overall result.. That could be liposuction of the flanks beyond the zone of the tissue excision or above the zone of tissue excision in the upper abdominal area.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana