A mini tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgical procedure that aims to address the lower abdominal area. It is ideal for those who have small pockets of fat and loose skin below their belly button, which they wish to get rid of. This procedure is less invasive than a traditional tummy tuck, making it a popular choice for patients who are looking for a smoother abdomen without extensive scarring.
Well over 130,000 tummy tucks are performed every year. (1) But not all are full abdominoplasties. The mini tummy tuck may be an ideal option for patients who do not require extensive muscle repair or contouring of the upper abdomen. This procedure can address these concerns with a smaller incision than a full tummy tuck, resulting in a faster recovery time.
At Advanced Body Sculpting Institute in Denver, Colorado, we specialize in mini tummy tucks and other body sculpting procedures. Our team of experienced plastic surgeons will work with you to create a customized treatment plan that addresses your specific concerns. During your consultation, we will discuss the various options available to you, including liposuction and skin tightening techniques.
If you’re ready to say goodbye to stubborn belly fat and achieve a more toned and sculpted abdomen, contact us today at (303) 708-8770 to schedule a consultation with one of our friendly and knowledgeable coordinators. We look forward to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals.
- 1 Before and After Photos
- 2 About the Mini Tummy Tuck
- 3 Benefits of the Mini Tummy Tuck
- 4 Candidates
- 5 Personal Consultation
- 6 Preparation
- 7 Procedure
- 8 Recovery & Results
- 9 Cost of a Mini Tummy Tuck in Denver
- 10 FAQ
- 11 References
Before and After Photos
About the Mini Tummy Tuck
As we go through life, our bodies change, and so does the appearance of our abdomen. Weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and aging can all lead to excess skin and fatty tissue in the lower abdominal region, making it difficult to achieve a smooth and toned midsection. If you’re struggling with stubborn belly fat or loose skin that refuses to budge despite your best efforts, a mini tummy tuck may be an effective solution.
How Is A Mini Tummy Tuck Different From A Full Tummy Tuck?
The mini tummy tuck, also known as mini-abdominoplasty, is less invasive than a traditional tummy tuck and is ideal for those who have a small amount of excess skin and fatty tissue that’s confined to the lower abdomen. Unlike a full tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck involves a smaller incision, which is made just above the pubic bone. The procedure only addresses the lower abdominal area and does not require the repositioning of the belly button.
Separated abdominal musculature can occur after childbirth. The condition, known as diastasis recti, causes the distance between abdominal muscles to increase, resulting in muscle weakness, a loss of core strength, and a rippling of the abdomen. (2) Although diastasis recti may be best treated with a full tummy tuck, the abdominal muscles also be repaired during a mini tummy tuck procedure if necessary, providing additional tightening and toning of the midsection. Patients who undergo this procedure can enjoy a smoother, firmer abdomen and improved self-confidence.
Benefits of the Mini Tummy Tuck
At ABS Institute, we understand that sometimes traditional diet and exercise routines are not enough to achieve a toned abdomen. That’s where a mini tummy tuck comes into play. Our procedure is designed to address excess skin and fat in the lower abdominal area, resulting in a flatter, firmer midsection. Here are some of the benefits you can expect from our approach:
- A more sculpted, toned appearance in the lower abdomen
- Removal of stubborn fat and loose skin that may be resistant to diet and exercise
- Improved posture due to strengthened abdominal muscles
- An outpatient procedure with minimal downtime
- Minimal scarring easily concealed by clothing or swimwear
- Customized approach to ensure natural-looking results that are tailored to your unique anatomy and goals
- Enhanced self-confidence
It’s important to note that a mini tummy tuck is not a weight loss surgery or a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise routine. Patients should be in good overall health and be at a stable body weight before undergoing the procedure.
The ideal candidate for a mini tummy tuck is someone who:
- Has excess skin and fat in the lower abdomen
- Has good skin elasticity
- Is at or near their ideal body weight
- Has realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure
Patients may not be able to undergo a mini abdominoplasty if they have a serious health condition. They should also understand that tummy tuck results will be affected by future pregnancies. It is therefore advisable to undergo any abdominoplasty procedure once your childbearing journey is complete.
When you visit our office for your personal consultation we will take the time to discuss your medical history and cosmetic goals with you. We will examine the skin and underlying muscles of your abdomen to assess the extent of fat deposits and skin laxity. We will evaluate your overall health and medical history to determine if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure.
Our experienced surgeons will discuss the benefits and risks of the procedure with you and help you make an informed decision about whether this is the right option for you. If you wish to make aesthetic changes to other areas of your body after pregnancy, you may be interested in a Mommy Makeover, which we will be happy to discuss with you at your consultation.
At ABS Institute, we are committed to providing our patients with personalized care and attention to help them achieve their desired results.
Before undergoing a mini tummy tuck procedure, it’s important to prepare yourself for the surgery to ensure a successful outcome. Here are some tips to help you prepare:
- Follow pre-operative instructions carefully, especially when it comes to medications and supplements which may need to be discontinued before surgery.
- Quit smoking and avoid nicotine use for several weeks before and after the surgery to promote optimal healing.
- Arrange for a responsible adult to take you home after the procedure and stay with you during the first 24 hours of your recovery.
- Prepare your home by stocking up on necessary supplies and arranging for someone to assist you with daily tasks such as cooking and cleaning.
- Take time off from work and other obligations to allow for adequate rest and recovery time.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how a mini tummy tuck can help you achieve a smoother, firmer abdomen.
On the day of your surgery, your surgeon will ensure you are fully prepared for your mini tummy tuck. After marking your abdomen, you’ll be administered general anesthesia to ensure your comfort.
During the mini tummy tuck procedure, excess skin and fatty tissue below the belly button are removed, and abdominal muscles may be tightened. Our skilled surgeons at ABS Institute use a limited incision technique, resulting in minimal scarring and a shorter recovery time. Once skin and fat have been removed, the remaining skin is then pulled tight, and the incision is closed with sutures. The entire procedure usually takes about two hours to complete.
Recovery & Results
After a mini tummy tuck, we advise our patients to take it easy for the first several days. You may feel some discomfort and swelling around the treated area, which can be managed with medication. It is recommended to avoid any strenuous activities or exercise for at least four weeks post-surgery.
During this time, it’s important to keep the incision site clean and dry to avoid any potential infections or complications. You’ll also have follow-up appointments with our team to monitor your progress and healing.
Once fully recovered, you’ll notice a smoother, flatter abdomen. The results of a mini tummy tuck are long-lasting, and you can expect a significant improvement in your body contour. Any scarring from the procedure is minimal and well-concealed.
Cost of a Mini Tummy Tuck in Denver
The cost of a mini tummy tuck can vary from patient to patient and is dependent on the details of their personalized treatment plan. Rest assured, we will provide you with a transparent and accurate estimate of the total cost of your procedure before moving forward. To learn more about the mini tummy tuck procedure and schedule your consultation, contact us at (303) 708-8770 or visit our website to book online.
What are the other names for the mini tummy tuck?
A mini tummy tuck can also be referred to as a mini abdominoplasty. Some clinicians may refer to it as a partial abdominoplasty.
Can I get a mini tummy tuck if I’m overweight?
A mini tummy tuck is best suited for individuals who have a small amount of excess skin and fat in the lower abdominal area and are within their ideal weight range. It is ideal for those who have recently lost weight or given birth and are struggling to tone their stomach through diet and exercise.
Can a mini tummy tuck be combined with other procedures?
Yes, a mini tummy tuck can be performed in combination with other procedures, such as liposuction or breast augmentation. Discuss your desired results with your surgeon during your personal consultation to determine the best treatment plan for you.
How long do the results of a mini tummy tuck last?
The results of a mini tummy tuck can last for many years as long as the patient maintains a healthy lifestyle and does not experience significant weight gain or pregnancy.
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- Hall H, Sanjaghsaz H. Diastasis Recti Rehabilitation. PubMed. Published 2022. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK573063/