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.
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.
Mini Tummy Tuck Reviews
"I chose Dr. Engel after reading reviews. It was a great decision. I had a breast lift and mini tummy tuck. I am very happy wit the results and have referred my friends. Dr. Engel is extremely compassionate and he takes pride in his work. He makes you feel as if you are his only patient. The nursing staff and the office staff are excellent. The surgery center is in the same building, which makes everything very convenient ."- Anonymous / Vitals / Oct 01, 2013
"I had a mini tummy tuck and a breast lift. I am extremely happy with the results. No regrets. Dr. Engel is amazing. It is obvious that he takes pride in his work. He is very down the earth and extremely compassionate. He takes the time to listen and he is not intimidating. I would highly recommend Dr. Engel. In fact, two of my friends are seriously thinking of getting a breast lift after seeing my results. The office and nursing staff are incredible. I could not have asked for a better experience."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Oct 01, 2013
"Mini Tummy Tuck - Practice is great, staff is very helpful, all parties are very invested in the patient outcome"- Anonymous / RealPatientRatings / Oct 30, 2018
"Mini Tummy Tuck - Dr. Mobley fixed my c-section scar that was 26 years old and lots of scar tissue. It was indented and created a fold that I was self conscious of. He removed excess skin and I couldn’t be happier with the results!"- Anonymous / RealPatientRatings / Jan 24, 2020
"This Mommy Needed a Makeover! Sarasota, FL - I loved Dr.Mobley. He really took the time to answer my questions and made me feel at ease. I was most nervous about the anesthesia but the staff was very helpful and comforting. - - After being pregnant and breastfeeding 2 babies, wanted to do something for myself. I was able to lose all my baby weight but I didn't look the same. Dr. Mobley listened to what I wanted and helped me decide what surgery would be right for me. I am thrilled with the results (and so is my husband!) I wouldn't change a thing!"- U. / RealSelf / Nov 13, 2014
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
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.
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
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