Mini Tummy Tuck Before & Afters

A mini tummy tuck (or "mini-abdominoplasty) is the less invasive cousin of the traditional tummy tuck.

This modified version of a full abdominoplasty removes loose skin from the lower abdomen to restore a flatter, firmer body body contour. The mini tummy tuck differs from the traditional tummy tuck in that the treatment area is limited to the area from the incision to the navel. Unlike a full tummy tuck, with a mini tuck the navel is cut around and sutured back in at another spot.

In general, the procedure is intended for women who have a small degree of abdominal laxity and excess skin below the navel. For cases where abdominal laxity and sagging skin exists above the belly button, a full tummy tuck is recommended.

Mini tummy tuck not for you? Find out more about a traditional tummy tuck with Zwivel’s complete guide to tummy tuck surgery.

Good candidates for a mini tummy tuck are of stable weight and have not experienced any recent weight gain or loss. Candidates should not have a large amount of sagging excess abdominal skin, nor be considering having more children in the future. They are instead advised to wait until their families are complete before seeking the procedure.


Mini Tummy Tuck 

Below are examples of a mini tummy tuck procedure before and after. The recovery time for a mini tummy tuck varies on the individual’s age, weight, physical condition and on how much excess skin was removed from the abdominal area. Generally, plastic surgeon’s advice returning to work within 1-2 weeks of the surgery. Strenuous physical activity should be avoided for 4-6 weeks.


Mini Tummy Tuck with Liposuction 

For additional body contouring plastic surgeons frequently include liposuction to remove excess fat as part of the procedure. The inclusion of liposuction allows plastic surgeons to contour areas of the abdomen that they cannot easily reach via the mini tuck alone.


Mini Tummy Tuck with Abdominal Muscle Tightening

During a mini tummy tuck: Plastic surgeons typically tighten lax abdominal muscles to improve abdominal contouring. Tightening the abdominal muscles results in a more toned look, but prolongs the recovery time.


Mini Tummy Tuck Incision Before & After Healing

The incision for a mini tummy tuck surgery is typically placed just above the pubic hairline and well south of the bikini line. Mini tummy tuck incisions are generally smaller incisions than those made during a traditional tummy tuck.

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Mini Tummy Tucks Gone Wrong

While adverse outcomes during mini tummy tucks are relatively rare, there are a number of negative issues that can arise. As with any plastic surgery, there is always the possibility of an aesthetically unappealing scars or asymmetry. There is the possibility of fluid accumulation in the treatment area postoperatively, and blood or fat clots can sometimes occur. There is also the possibility of nerve damage and changes in skin sensation.

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Mini Tummy Tucks and Mommy Makeovers

A mini tummy tuck is often performed as part of a mommy makeover. A mommy makeover is a combined cosmetic plastic surgery consisting of a tummy tuck, liposuction and a breast enhancement (either a breast lift or breast implants or both).

Looking for more than just a tummy tuck? The tummy tuck is often just a smaller part of a complete mommy makeover. For more information, see Zwivel's Complete Guide to Mommy Makeovers.

"Mini" tummy tuck by Dr. Neil Chen , Albuquerque, NM "Mini" tummy tuck by Dr. Neil Chen , Albuquerque, NM

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