Mini Tummy Tuck
What is a mini tummy tuck?
A mini tummy tuck (also known as a partial abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure that is similar to a complete tummy tuck, but with smaller incisions and less trauma and scarring. Some people, in fact, refer to the surgical procedure as a scarless tummy tuck.
Is a Mini Tummy Tuck right for you?
A mini tummy tuck is particularly suitable for patients with excess skin primarily in the lower abdomen below the belly button. A complete tummy tuck is necessary for patients who wish to correct problems involving the lower and the upper abdominal area while a partial abdominoplasty offers a less traumatic solution to women with less severe problems.
If you’re not sure which procedure is right for you, take a look at the tummy tuck before and after photos and the mini tummy tuck before and after photos to see how patients differ in terms of their presenting issues for these two types of surgeries. Glancing through the mini tummy tuck pictures will help you decide whether your particular situation might make you a likely candidate for partial abdominoplasty.
Complete Tummy Tuck vs. Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck has several advantages over a complete tummy tuck for patients who qualify for this sort of procedure. For example, the mini tummy tuck does not produce a scar around the belly button that a complete tummy tuck procedure leaves behind because a partial abdominoplasty leaves the belly button intact and typically requires only a small incision. A complete tummy tuck involves an incision from hip bone to hip bone as well as reconstruction of the belly button after it has been detached from surrounding tissues.
Also, the cost of a mini tummy tuck differs substantially from the cost of a complete tummy tuck. Mini tummy tuck cost estimates tend to be quite a bit lower because the surgical procedure often takes less time to perform and involves less dramatic changes than those of a complete tummy tuck.
Hospital stays for a mini tummy tuck is often much less than that required for a complete abdominoplasty. Some partial abdominoplasties can be done on an outpatient basis with a hospital stay of only a few hours versus a full tummy tuck that can require a few days in the hospital.
Talk with your cosmetic surgeon to determine if a mini tummy tuck would be right for you.