Learn More About Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery
A mini tummy tuck, also called a “small scar tummy tuck,” is ideal for individuals troubled with the excess fat and skin of the lower abdomen. Often this will resemble a pouch of excess skin and fat overlying a lower stomach crease or C-section scar. The pubic and mons area may also show sag or droop. These problem areas may arise following pregnancy, weight change, aging or genetic predisposition.
For these problem areas localized to the lower torso, a mini tummy tuck offers an effective solution. The mini tummy tuck is specifically designed for individuals wanting a flat tight lower abdomen with minimal scarring. It will not, however, remove stretch marks, tighten loose fascia, or close muscle separation in the upper abdomen.
The revolutionary scarless tummy tuck technique tightens loose abdominal skin without the need for traditional surgical scars. Using radiofrequency lipolysis to shrink and reshape the upper torso, Dr. Shienbaum can sculpt and contour an entirely new body silhouette. This is an incisionless outpatient procedure with minimal downtime and without the need for sutures, drains or general anesthesia.
Compared to a traditional or full tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty), which targets the entire abdominal midsection, the mini tummy tuck addresses only the lower half of the abdomen between the pubic area and the belly button. While on occasion the umbilicus may be repositioned or “floated” to create an longer silhouette, the mini abdominoplasty will not address a sagging belly button or excess skin folds in the upper waistline. For individuals suffering from weakened abdominal musculature and significant protrusion than Dr Sheinbaum’s Signature Hourglass Tummy Tuck procedure is recommended.
Ultimately, the best way to know what type of tummy tuck procedure is best for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shienbaum. Request your appointment online or call Brandon Plastic Surgery at (813) 359-1075.
A mini tummy tuck is designed to address loose skin, sagging, or excess fat below the belly button only. A short horizontal incision is made low across the abdomen, through which excess skin and fat are removed and the tissues are tightened. This results in less scarring compared to a traditional tummy tuck.
The average mini tummy tuck costs between $4,000-6,000. Your final cost will vary depending on factors including your surgeon’s fees and the extent of your procedure. A cost estimate will be provided after a consultation.
Mini tummy tucks are considered permanent. However they will not stop you from showing the normal signs of aging.
Most patients will find a mini tummy tuck to be less painful than a traditional or circumferential tummy tuck due to shorter incisions.
No incisions are made around the belly button in a mini tummy tuck, and in most cases repositioning the belly button is not necessary.
A mini tummy tuck addresses skin laxity or sagging below the belly button, while a full tummy tuck will also address these issues in the upper abdomen.
Mini tummy tucks are typically less costly compared to a full tummy tuck or circumferential tummy tuck.
Typically, no more than about eight inches of skin is removed during a mini tummy tuck.
After your mini tummy tuck, you will be encouraged to periodically walk around your home carefully through the healing process. This helps to prevent complications such as blood clots.
In most cases, drains are not required after a mini tummy tuck.
After your mini tummy tuck, you can expect some soreness, redness, and swelling. You will be instructed to wear an abdominal binder and avoid strenuous activity for at least four to six weeks.
A mini tummy tuck does remove fat. Liposuction is often used to remove fat from the lower abdomen during a mini tummy tuck.
Before your mini tummy tuck, you should complete any medical or lab testing requested by your surgeon, stop smoking, drinking alcohol, or taking blood-thinning medications, and gather any necessary supplies such as comfortable clothing and easy-to-prepare meals.
Patients with diastasis recti, or separated abdominal muscles, should choose a full tummy tuck rather than a mini tummy tuck.
The best way to determine whether you can have a mini tummy tuck is to schedule a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. They will review your concerns and health history to make a recommendation of the best option for you.
A mini tummy tuck does tighten muscles in the lower abdomen but not the upper abdomen.