Mini Tuck

Considering A Mini Tuck

In the mini tuck technique the skin is separated only between the incision line and the navel. This skin flap is pulled down and any excess is removed and the flap of skin is stitched back into place leaving a flatter and more toned abdomen.

How long does Mini Tummy Tuck take?

Mini tummy tucks need take only an hour or two but extended treatments may be needed such as liposuction to the areas. A one night hospital stay is needed.

What can I expect from a Mini Tummy Tuck?

You have to be realistic in your expectations. A tummy tuck normally produces excellent results and the effects of a tummy tuck are generally long lasting provided you follow a balanced diet and exercise regularly.

Recovery after a Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure

What will happen in the recovery period?

Following surgery you will experience some swelling or bruising of the abdomen. This should diminish within a day or two. Your stitches will dissolve and support bandages/garments will be worn around the area and you will have follow-up visits in the months after surgery to check on your progress.

What is the recovery time from Mini Tummy Tuck surgery?

Each patient is individual however after this procedure patients often resume normal activity in only a few days. You should be able to return to work within a couple of weeks. A light exercise program will help you heal better but vigorous exercise should be avoided until you can do them without any discomfort.


As opposed to a full tummy tuck, a mini uses employs a shorter pubic incision and no moving of the bellybutton. The procedure is as popular as the full abdominoplasty but is more suited people who have excessive fat especially between the belly button and the pubic bone. This area is also called the lower abdomen.

The main benefit of the mini abdominoplasty is the improvement of the abdomen contour. The operation is designed mainly for the following categories of people:

  • women who gave birth either naturally or through Cesarean section
  • aged persons
  • people who experienced light weight fluctuations

Here is a brief list of the advantages offered by a mini tummy tuck:

  • improving the lower abdominal wall that becomes more firm, flat and elastic
  • reducing the bulge of the tummy following pregnancy (where diet or exercising won't help)
  • improving the appearance of stretch marks, especially those located below the navel
  • improving one's self esteem and confidence

The mini tummy tuck can be performed in conjunction with liposuction where more fatty tissue needs to be removed.


The technique varies according to the individual abdominal characteristics: the degree of skin elasticity, the amount of fat, the muscle stretching degree, etc.

In general, the incision of about 10-15 cm is placed horizontally above the pubic area. Then, the extra skin is removed and the fat tissue extracted either by cutting or through liposuction. Sometimes, the muscles of the abdominal wall have to be strengthened for a better result.

In the case of stretched abdominal muscles, the gap in the muscle layers will be repaired by suturing the muscles.

As different from the full abdominoplasty, the navel needs not repositioning.

Drains will be applied and will remain in place until significant drainage ceases.

Usually, dissolving sutures are used on the abdomen and around the belly button.

The abdominal wounds are bandaged and when advised a supporting girdle is used.


Mini abdominoplasty may take or an hour or two.

Patients may choose between local anesthesia with sedation and general anesthesia. Usually, for the sake of patient's comfort the latter one is recommended.


Fortunately, significant complications from mini tummy tuck are rare. Every year, this surgery has produced satisfying results for an increasing amount of men and women.

Patients should be aware that risks may more often occur among persons who smoke, are overweight, have diabetes or other health problems, or have scarring from previous abdominal surgery.