Q & A: What is a Mini-Tummy Tuck?

Posted on January 18, 2010 | by

Abdominoplasty, known more commonly as a “tummy tuck,” is one of the top five most requested cosmetic surgery procedures in the U.S. It removes excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen, tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall, and repositioning the navel to recreate a taut, youthful looking abdomen. For individuals who have a sagging, protuding abdomen, the results are often very satisfying.

Q: What’s the difference between a mini tummy tuck and the traditional tummy tuck?

With a full abdominoplasty, stretch marks from pregnancy can usually be eliminated, as well. If a significant amount of fatty tissue is involved, liposuction is often combined with abdominoplasty, in order to further sculpt the abdominal area and attain an optimal result.

The mini abdominoplasty is sometimes called the “scarless tummy tuck.” It’s also referred to as a partial abdominoplasty or a “mini tummy tuck,” This procedure is a simpler variation of abdominoplasty surgery, and is an excellent option for those who have only a small amount of excess fat and minor skin sagging below the navel area.

During a mini abdominoplasty procedure, excess fat and loose skin are removed and the skin is drawn downward and sculpted into place near the edge of the pubic hairline. As with a full abdominoplasty, the mini tummy tuck is sometimes combined with liposuction to achieve an optimal result, and the mini abdominoplasty requires less surgery time and a smaller incision.

Q: Where is the incision placed with a mini abdominoplasty?

A: A mini tummy tuck incision is typically placed along the edge of the pubic hairline. You should be able to wear a two piece swimsuit and clothing that reveals your mid-section with no problem.