Mini Tummy Tuck

While traditional abdominoplasty surgery is designed to tighten and tone the appearance of the entire abdomen, a mini tummy tuck focuses on just the lower abdomen. Mini tummy tuck is often ideal for patients who seek localized improvement of lower abdominal contours and do not desire extensive surgery, but require more than liposuction. Since a mini tummy tuck only addresses the area below the navel, the incision length, scarring, duration of the procedure, and recovery time are all typically reduced when compared to a full tummy tuck.

Who is a Candidate for Mini Abdominoplasty?

The best candidates for a mini tummy tuck are men or women who maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly, but still struggle with excess abdominal skin, loose abdominal muscles, and stubborn pockets of fat along the lower abdomen. Many mini tummy tuck patients are women who are at or near their ideal weight, but have muscle laxity and excess skin in the lower abdominal region from recent pregnancies. Patients who plan to lose a significant amount of weight or have future pregnancies are recommended to postpone surgery until their body shape stabilizes.

What Can I Expect at My Mini Tummy Tuck Consultation?

During your initial consultation, Orlando plastic surgeon James Matas, MD will review your goals and expectations for surgery, assess your physical and emotional health, and ask about your use of nutritional supplements, herbal remedies and pharmaceutical medications. After an examination of your abdominal region, Dr. Matas will assess your unique needs, discuss your expectations for the procedure, explain the associated risks and benefits, and enable you to make an educated choice about whether a mini tummy tuck is right for you.

Some patients may be asked to change their eating, drinking, or smoking habits prior to surgery. Dr. Matas may also recommend avoiding certain medications and vitamins in the weeks before and after the procedure. To maximize results, some patients may be asked to lose some weight before mini abdominoplasty.

How is Mini Abdominoplasty Performed?

First, Dr. Matas will make an incision just above the pubic area. This incision is typically shorter than the hip bone to hip bone length incision required for full tummy tuck. The skin above the incision, up to the navel, is then separated from the underlying stomach muscles to allow them to be tightened. Finally, the skin and accompanying fat is stretched downward and any excess skin is removed for a smoother, flatter lower abdomen.

Typically performed under general anesthesia, mini tummy tuck surgery can take one to three hours to complete. Though usually an outpatient procedure, our specially-trained registered nurse will care for you if an overnight stay is necessary.

What Happens During Recovery from Mini Abdominoplasty?

Though less intense than recovery from a traditional abdominoplasty, mini tummy tuck patients should expect tightness of the stomach muscles, mild swelling, bruising, and discomfort for the first few days. Any physical discomfort can be managed with oral pain medication, and most patients are back to their normal daily activities within one to two weeks. Dr. Matas recommends patients avoid strenuous exercise for about four to six weeks to allow the body to fully heal.

What Are Mini Abdominoplasty Results Like?

After your recovery, you can enjoy a flatter, more toned abdominal silhouette. Most patients find their clothing fits better and feel a renewed sense of confidence in their appearance. The outcome of mini tummy tuck surgery is considered permanent; however, maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise can help maximize your results.

If you are considering a mini tummy tuck, please contact the Advanced Centre for Plastic Surgery to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Matas.

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