The mini tummy tuck, sometimes called a partial abdominoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure that takes approximately 1-3 hours. This form of body contouring leaves less of a scar than a regular tummy tuck, but can only be expected to produce half the results as well. It’s for the plastic surgeon to decide whether a mini of full tummy tuck is the most suitable.
People that are a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck have excess fat and loose skin in the abdominal area. The procedure begins with a small horizontal incision of approximately 2-3 inches near the waistline, typically low enough that it can be covered by a swimsuit or undergarments in the future.
After a small amount of liposuction has been performed through the incision made earlier, excess skin is trimmed around the incision, the skin is pulled tight and sutures are put in place.
Side effects of a mini tummy tuck might include temporary swelling, discomfort, and numbness. Recovery typically lasts 2-3 weeks and a compression garment should be worn.
Some of the less invasive options to a mini tummy tuck for candidates that qualify include Lipodissolve, Endermologie, Velasmooth, Velashape, and a few other options.