As you might have guessed from the name, a mini tummy tuck—or limited abdominoplasty—is a variation of tummy tuck surgery where only a small amount of fat or loose skin is targeted.
The procedure also differs in the way that it is usually only performed on the area between your belly button and pubic bone—making it an ideal option for someone who has just a little bit of localised laxity and bulging. It is important to keep in mind however, the mini tummy tuck procedure is not effective for tightening loose skin or removing stretch marks above the belly button area.
The mini tummy tuck procedure
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, with a small incision being made near the top of your bikini line to remove excess skin and fat, and also tighten the muscles in the lower abdomen.
The incision is much smaller than a traditional tummy tuck and less skin is removed, this means less scarring, a shorter procedure time of only one to two hours, and a reduced recovery time of around one to four weeks (no strenuous activity for six to eight weeks).
Debunking two common tummy tuck myths
Weight gain will not affect results
It is true that gaining a few pounds is unlikely to affect the appearance of your new taut stomach, however, gaining a significant amount of weight can drastically alter the results. Before having a tummy tuck, it is recommended that all our clients are of an ideal weight and are not planning to have children in the future.
A tummy tuck can be performed at the same time as a C-section
The scars may be similar, but the procedures couldn’t be more different. In addition, due to the increased level of hormones, fluid, and weight during pregnancy, it’s difficult to decipher exactly how much fat and skin needs removing. For these reasons we recommended waiting at least six months before considering a tummy tuck or another surgery.