Age, pregnancy or simple weight fluctuations can contribute to the appearance of a not-so-appealing abdominal area. While a full tummy tuck is a very effective and popular procedure to restore a tighter, smoother appearance to the upper and lower abdomen, not all patients need the full version of this surgery. A mini tummy tuck not only restores the lower abdominal area to a tighter, more youthful appearance, but It can also restore your confidence.
As a female plastic surgeon, Dr. Gill has a genuine understanding of the changes a woman’s body goes through and carefully takes this into consideration during her surgical planning. Through thoughtful consultations with her patients, Dr. Gill makes it a priority to understand each woman’s specific goals and desires for mini tummy tuck surgery.
Is a Mini Tummy Tuck Right for Me?
A mini tummy tuck, or mini abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that tightens the inner abdominal muscles and removes excess fat and skin to restore a youthful contour to the lower abdominal area. This “mini” version of the tummy tuck procedure is best for patients who have a mild to moderate amount of loose skin below the belly button. If you have lax skin below the navel only and require the removal of a minimal amount of skin, you may be a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck.
Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery With Dr. Gill
A mini tummy tuck is designed for patients who have lax skin limited to below the navel and require the removal of only a minimal amount of skin. This procedure will tighten the muscles of the abdomen for a fitter, more contoured appearance while correcting stubborn deposits of fat as well as loose skin and stretch marks. Mini tummy tucks are commonly performed with liposuction to address fat on the hips or flanks that the mini tummy tuck procedure alone will not improve. During your consultation, Dr. Gill will evaluate your anatomy, discuss your concerns and thoughtfully design a unique surgical plan that will safely and effectively meet your goals.
Mini Tummy Tuck Technique
During surgery, Dr. Gill will make an incision just above the pubic hairline. This incision is used to both tighten the muscles and remove excess skin of the lower abdomen. Dr. Gill will suture the abdominal muscles together for support, then remove excess skin and fat. Liposuction may also be performed to sculpt the stomach and remove additional fat. The mini tummy tuck procedure preserves your navel and leaves a shorter scar compared with the full tummy tuck.
Mini Tummy Tuck FAQs
Am I a good candidate for mini tummy tuck surgery?
This procedure can be the ideal option for patients who do not require a full abdominoplasty, but who can benefit from surgery that removes excess skin and fat below the belly button. Ideal candidates have a small “pooch” below the belly button.
What is recovery like after a mini tummy tuck?
The recovery time for this procedure is similar to that for liposuction. Most patients are able to resume work after a few days. While some amount of post-operative pain and discomfort should be expected, this can be controlled well with over-the-counter medication or prescription oral pain medication. Strenuous activities and exercise should be avoided for a few weeks to allow the abdomen and incision to heal.
After surgery, patients will wear a compression garment to reduce swelling and speed healing. You should be able to stand up straight after surgery versus a full tummy tuck, which may leave you unable to stand fully upright for a few days.
Will a mini tummy tuck leave a scar?
Dr. Gill uses precise surgical technique to ensure the best possible scar. The resulting scar from this procedure will be very well hidden below the bikini line, and it will not be visible while wearing underwear, a swimsuit or clothing.