Full or mini tummy tuck? Take the Pinch test to find out which is best for you

Tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) surgery is one procedure that many of our patients consider if there is a lot of excess skin in this area. This can significantly affect your confidence, particularly when wearing certain clothes and you may experience back pain from the additional weight of the skin.

With so much information available at the touch of button, the big question now is which type of surgery would you benefit from: the full or mini tummy tuck?

A full tummy tuck would be considered for those who have lost a considerable amount of weight or from pregnancy where there is a lot of excess skin that hasn’t bounced back.

A mini tummy tuck would be considered for if you are of a more healthy weight, but have a small amount of excess skin that will not shift through exercise.

If you are still not sure which type is best suited for you there are two simple tests that you can do in the comfort of your own home; The Pinch Test and the DRAM test.

The Pinch test

By standing up straight, pinch the skin just above your belly button, and pull it down towards your pubic bone area, just above where a caesarean scar would sit. If your skin stretches down to this area, you could be eligible for tummy tuck surgery, if it doesn’t, then a mini tummy tuck would be more suitable.

Aurora Clinics; Image showing the separation of Rectus Abdominis Muscles
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The DRAM test

Divarication of Rectus Abdominis Muscles

Your muscles in the stomach, known as the rectus-abdominis or ‘6 pack’ muscles, start life close together. These muscles can start to split apart during pregnancy to make way for the growth of the baby, and can also split apart by carrying out core abdominal exercises incorrectly, resulting in them never meeting together. This can give you a little ripple of loose skin from where the muscles have separated. Exercise will not be able to help at this point, and surgery is a good option.

To see if your rectiys-abdominis muscles have split, lie flat on your pack and lift your legs into the air. This will engage your stomach muscles. By placing your hands onto your stomach, you will be able to feel and see if there is a

Aurora Clinics; Image showing an example of separated rectiys-abdominis muscles
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gap on either side of your belly button. If you can feel a gap on either side, your muscles will have split.

This can be corrected through either full or mini tummy tuck surgery, depending on how much excess skin you have from the pinch test.

Aurora part of The Private Clinic can offer you a team of the most experienced Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons in the UK for our tummy tuck treatments including Mr. Davood Fallahdar, Mr Dario Rochira, Mr Miles Berry, Mr. Navid Jallali and Miss Sujatha Tadiparthi in London, Mr Kenneth Kok and Mr Maisam Faizal in Birmingham and Northampton, Mr. Deemesh Oudit in Manchester, Mr Alastair Lowrie in Glasgow, Mr Mobinulla Syed in Essex and Mr Prashant Govilkar in Princes Risborough, Bucks.

If you think you may be suitable for either a full or mini tummy tuck procedure then we would ask that you come and see one of our expert Plastic Surgeons for your no-obligation consultation. During this consultation your surgeon will discuss your desires from surgery, assess your tummy area and determine the best procedure for you. To book your consultation with one of our body specialists today please call 03339209135 and we can book you in with a surgeon near you.

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