Mini Tummy Tuck

Mini tummy tuck surgery, also known as partial abdominoplasty, is less invasive than traditional full abdominoplasty, and tends to leave less of a plastic surgery scar. It is ideal for people with small amounts of excess abdominal skin. If your abdominal area is beginning to sag due to aging, or if you have a slim abdomen that you wish to sculpt into a more desirable shape, you may find that a mini tummy tuck is ideal for you.

Partial abdominoplasty, also known as scar-less tummy tuck, is typically performed with a local anesthetic and mild sedation. The length of the incision will depend on the amount of skin to be removed, but will typically be significantly smaller than the incision required by a full abdominoplasty. That is how it gets the nickname " scar-less tummy tuck." Unlike a full abdominoplasty, the surgeon normally won’t have to reposition the navel. If necessary, liposuction may also be done to help shape the abdomen into the desired shape.

Even as partial abdominoplasty requires a smaller incision than its traditional counterpart, it also doesn’t require as large a section of the abdominal wall to be exposed. The treatment area normally extends from the point of incision to the navel. After the surgeon removes excess fat and tightens the abdominal muscles, he or she will stretch the skin downward, cutting away any excess tissue and stitching the remaining skin into place.

A partial abdominoplasty is an outpatient procedure and the patient is normally released within a few hours of having the surgery. The recovery time is similar to that for liposuction. Most patients will experience some postoperative pain, but that can be managed with over-the-counter medication. Patients are typically able to return to work within a few days of getting a mini tummy tuck, but should refrain from strenuous activities for a few weeks.

A partial, or mini, abdominoplasty involves smaller incisions than a full tummy tuck. The skin and fat of the lower abdomen are detached in a more limited fashion from the muscle fascia. The skin is stretched down and excess skin removed. The belly button stalk may be divided from the muscle below and the belly button moved lower on the abdominal wall. A portion of the abdominal muscle fascia wall is then tightened, and liposuction is often used to contour the transition zone. After all that, the flap is stitched back into place.

You can request a free consultation with a plastic surgeon near you to find out if a mini tummy tuck is the right option for you.


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Dr. Randal Haworth

Beverly Hills, CA
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