Mini-abdominoplasty or mini-tummy tuck works to smooth the part of the abdomen below the belly button. It is most useful for people who have problems with this “poochy” area at the bottom of the tummy. It does not directly address the rest of the abdomen, like a full tummy tuck does. The scars are shorter, recovery is more limited, and the belly button does not need to be moved during this procedure. The mini-tummy tuck provides very good results for the right candidates and is performed on both men and women.
During the procedure an incision is made within the “bikini” or “boxer” line under the abdomen; this helps to hide the scar under clothes following the procedure. Excess skin and fat are removed, the muscle beneath is tightened, and the skin is redraped to provide a pleasing body shape. Often the stretching of the skin will work to give the belly button an improved appearance by pulling it downward, though the belly button itself is not directly manipulated during the surgery.
The patient shown above had a mini tummy tuck, along with a breast reduction and lift and liposuction. This combination of procedures is one version of our Rodeo Drive Mommy Makeover™. In some cases, a full tummy tuck offers enhanced results. The procedure also is often performed as plastic surgery for men.
During your consultation at Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery, your plastic surgeon will examine you and discuss recommendations for the specific type of tummy tuck to yield the best results. The procedure is often done as an outpatient. It is performed under general anesthesia administered by a physician anesthesiologist to minimize discomfort during the procedure. Most patients have very little pain following the surgery because long-acting local anesthetic is administered as part of the procedure. Most patients return to work about ten days after surgery. There may be some bruising for a week or so and some swelling for a few weeks following surgery.