Should You Get a Mini Tummy Tuck?

If you’ve had children or lost a lot of weight with diet and exercise, your midsection may not be as flat as you would like. Many women who have had children find that they have some loose skin and fat around their tummy area after the baby, and this tissue can become resistant to any type of workout or dieting efforts. If you want to lose that “pooch” for good, you can head to the cosmetic surgeon’s office for a mini tummy tuck. This procedure is a shorter and less painful version of the full tummy tuck and can help you achieve flatter, firmer torso.

If you think you might be a good candidate for a tummy tuck, talk to a cosmetic surgeon in your area about your options. Your surgeon can perform a full body consultation and learn more about what your goals are. 

Who are the Best Candidates for a Mini Tummy Tuck?

The mini tummy tuck is also called a partial abdominoplasty. The best candidates for a mini tummy tuck are individuals who:

  • Have very loose or sagging skin below the belly button
  • Find it impossible to lose the fat and extra skin around the lower waist with diet and exercise
  • Women who have had children and want a more sculpted torso
  • Men who want a flatter looking stomach
  • Men or women who have very slim abdomens and want to tighten up sagging skin (read more about advantages of the mini tummy tuck)

How is the Mini Tummy Tuck Performed?

The mini tummy tuck is typically performed under general anesthesia and requires a very small incision. The surgeon can remove a good amount of skin and tissues without having to reposition the belly button. Light liposuction might be performed in the midsection to sculpt and shape the area and to remove any excess fatty deposits that have become resistant to diet and exercise.

When the excess fat and skin have been removed, the surgeon can stretch the skin downward and remove any excess tissue. In some cases, the surgeon inserts a temporary drainage tube in the incision site.

The mini tummy tuck is usually performed within a few hours on an outpatient basis and the patient will need to wear compression garments to promote healing. The scars from this type of surgery disappear within a few weeks and are barely noticeable once the body has healed completely. It’s important to keep in mind that the mini tummy tuck is still very different from a full abdominoplasty and does not involve a lot of reshaping and sculpting.

Set up a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for the mini tummy tuck or the full abdominoplasty procedure.