I am 56yrs old, 5’6” and weigh approximately 165lbs. Do I need a full tummy tuck or will a mini work for me? Also, I gained about 7-8 lbs above my average weight, should I lose weight before getting the procedure?
Answer: Full tummy tuck
In your case a mini tummy tuck would not address the main issues at hand. Mini tucks only remove excess skin that is below the belly button, of which you have minimal excess skin. A full tummy tuck would help with the muscle repair, which is more beneficial in your case, and the excess skin can be excised concomitantly (although you may end up with a small vertical scar as well, due to not having too much excess skin). Importantly, another factor leading to your abdominal contour is due to intra-abdominal fat (or fat on the inside of your abdomen, around your organs). Unfortunately, no surgery can remove this; only diet and exercise.