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Mini Tummy Tuck

Mini Tummy Tuck - Sarasota, FL

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Overview

Sagging abdominal skin, fat, and muscle can be the result of pregnancy, substantial weight loss, or genetics. A lower abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure to sculpt and tighten the lower abdominal wall. This procedure, known more commonly as a mini tummy tuck, gives our Sarasota patients improvement they can’t get through diet and exercise alone. Unlike a complete tummy tuck, this version is limited to the lower portion of the abdomen between the belly button and pubic area. The procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding tummy and the sagging skin of the lower abdomen. This procedure is best reserved for those with some loose skin, but otherwise have a good skin tone.

Surgical Technique

Techniques of both full abdominoplasty and mini tummy tuck can be very similar. However, a smaller incision is used with the mini tummy tuck as a smaller area is treated. Sometimes it also depends on the amount of loose skin that will be removed. Liposuction may be used with this surgery. During the procedure, excess skin is removed and the remaining skin and underlying tissues are pulled tight. The result is a flat and more toned belly. The belly button is unaffected with this surgery because it typically does not need to be repositioned. Scars will be minimal and mostly hidden by undergarments. 

During/After Surgery

A mini tummy tuck is performed in an surgical facility, under general anesthesia. The surgery typically takes between 1-2 hours. Patients are released from the hospital following this surgery. The recovery period can take up to 6 weeks; this is the clearance normally given to resume with strenuous activities and exercise. Patients report high satisfaction of their surgical  results and love having a well-shaped, tighter abdomen. Results after a mini tummy tuck re permanent. However, pregnancy or unnecessary weight gain will compromise the results so it’s best to maintain a proper diet and regular exercise.

Mini Tummy Tuck FAQs

Just Lipo?

Patients who are candidates for a mini tummy tuck may also be candidates for liposuction as an isolated procedure. If loose skin is involved, however, liposuction will not be able to treat this. Liposuction is reserved for fat removal only. The only way to address loose skin is through a skin tightening procedure. A thorough assessment will be conducted during the initial consultation and the appropriate treatment plan recommended. 

Previous C-Section?

The mini tummy tuck procedure can be done even if a patient has an existing C-section scar. Typically, the incision made with a mini tummy tuck will be made just below the C-section scar. With this new incision, the loose skin is removed. The area will be pulled tight combining the two incisions into one. This new incision line will heal nicely and will be able to be concealed under bathing suits and undergarments. 

Children Post Surgery?

We would advise a patient to delay the mini tummy tuck surgery if there are still plans of having children. This kind of treatment should take place after all pregnancies have been completed. The goal of any tummy tuck procedure is to tighten the abdominal wall. Pregnancy after a tummy tuck can compromise the surgical results. 

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Recovery Time  
2-3 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
1.5-2 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
Varies
Procedure Recovery Location  
Out-Patient
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