Mini Tummy Tuck //
A mini tummy tuck is an operation to help define and enhance the lower portion of the abdomen. Women who are looking to remove the excess skin and fatty tissue of the lower abdomen with a less invasive procedure than a full tummy tuck may be good candidates.
At your initial consultation, Dr. Smith will discuss with you the benefits of a mini tummy tuck and work with you to find the operation that will help you reach your ideal abdomen.
A mini tummy tuck usually incorporates a smaller scar across the lower abdomen. The excess skin from below the umbilicus is removed and the abdominal wall is frequently tightened to improve the contour of the lower abdomen. Occasionally, the umbilicus can be lowered or ”floated” to help improve the overall appearance of the abdomen. Frequently, Dr. Smith will also perform liposuction of the abdomen at the same time as a mini tummy tuck to help improve the overall appearance of the central abdomen and flanks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Most women who are candidates for a mini tummy tuck have had children and have excess skin and fatty tissue of their lower abdomen. Frequently, the upper abdominal region is not the area of concern. Women who have had children will also frequently have laxity of their abdominal wall, commonly referred to as a diastasis. This occurs when the rectus muscles of the lower abdominal wall are stretched with pregnancy and result in laxity that cannot be improved with exercise.
Women who are good candidates may also be candidates for liposuction of other parts of the abdomen and thigh regions.
A mini tummy tuck operation can vary from $4000 to $6000, depending of the complexity of the operation and other procedures performed during the operation (i.e. liposuction).
Dr. Smith does have financing options available.
- Less scarring across the lower abdomen than a traditional Tummy Tuck
- The belly button frequently remains in the same position and will not require an incision around itProvides a less invasive operation with a shorter recovery time
The recovery from a mini tummy tuck is usually much shorter than a traditional tummy tuck operation. The operation is usually performed in our surgery center, and you are able to go home on the same day as the operation. You will be placed in a light compression garment around your abdomen that will stay in place until your follow-up with Dr. Smith. You are encouraged to be out of bed and walking on the day of your operation. You should avoid heavy strenuous lifting (over 10 lbs) for the first 4 weeks after the operation. Most patients return to work within 7-10 days depending on the degree of physical activity they perform.
Dr. Smith usually performs this operation at an outpatient surgical center under anesthesia. A small incision will be planned low on your abdominal wall so it cannot be seen when wearing underwear or a bikini bottom. Frequently, Dr. Smith will have you wear the underwear that you typically wear when planning your operation to make sure the incision is in the correct location.
The excess skin of the lower abdomen is removed and abdominal wall is tightened from the level of the umbilicus down to the pubic bone. The belly button will frequently remain in its original position but may be moved or “floated” down if needed. The abdominal wall is then closed with absorbable sutures and dressings are placed along with an abdominal binder.