Tummy Tucks | The Mini Tummy Tuck

The Mini Tummy Tuck

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In recent years, the mini tummy tuck has gained as much popularity as a full abdominoplasty. The main differences are the mini tummy tuck uses a shorter incision (generally  lateral incisions across the bikini line) and does not involve repositioning of the navel.

The mini tummy tuck is particularly suited to patients wishing to remove excessive fatty tissue between the navel and the pubic bone. Candidates include women who have had natural childbirth or Caesarean sections; older patients and people who have mild weight fluctuations.

The procedure aims to result in a firmer, flatter tummy with greater elasticity. It may also improve stretch marks in the lower abdomen below the navel and above the pubic bone. The procedure ultimately aims to improve self confidence and self-esteem by creating a better abdominal contour.

Generally, an incision of approximately 10-15 cm is made horizontally just above the bikini line area. Excess skin is removed, along with excess fatty tissue, sometimes in combination with liposuction. If they have become damaged prior to surgery, the muscles of the abdominal wall can also be strengthened during the procedure. Abdominal muscles which have become stretched, for example through childbirth, can be repaired by suturing gaps in the muscle layers.

Although the navel is not usually repositioned as in full abdominoplasty, the surgeon generally still inserts drainage tubes to drain away blood and serum. Generally, dissolving sutures are used around the abdomen and naval to resolve the wound caused by the surgery. As in full abdominoplasty, the abdomen is bandaged and a medical corset is worn following the procedure.

The operating time is generally less than the full abdominoplasty, generally an hour or more compared to 2 hours or more.

Patients electing for a  mini tummy tuck should have a detailed discussion about whether this is the procedure most suited to them individually. Sometimes it is possible to have this procedure under local anaesthetic, although general anaesthesia may be preferable for patient comfort.

As with all cosmetic surgery:

- results will vary from patient to patient

- there are some risks of complication which are reduced (but not eliminated) by choosing qualified, specialised, ethical and experienced plastic surgeons

- risks may be increased in patients who smoke

- aftercare is key and is quite an involved process

- although surgery time and incision length are reduced compared to full abdominoplasty, the procedure remains a serious operation


Whilst every effort is made to give an accurate representation here, these pages CANNOT be a substitute for professional medical advice and/or treatment under any circumstances.

Posted by: RS Brown

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