Mini Tummy Tuck

What is a mini tummy tuck?

A mini tummy tuck, also called a mini abdominoplasty, is a less extensive version of a standard tummy tuck that tightens the abdominal muscles and removes excess skin in the lower abdomen. A mini tummy tuck is an ideal procedure if you are in overall good shape but want to remove the bulge just below your navel.

Does a mini tummy tuck include liposuction?

We often encourage patients with stubborn fat deposits on their waist, flanks, hips, and/or upper pubic area to combine their mini tummy tuck surgery with liposuction, a procedure called mini lipoabdominoplasty. This added liposuction will help to enhance your mini tummy tuck results and sculpt nearby areas. Liposuction is especially effective for patients with adequate skin elasticity, as the skin will “snap back” on its own after underlying fat is removed.

Am I a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck?

You may be a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck if you:

  • Have lost a significant amount of weight
  • Are happy with your overall figure but want to get rid of the remaining “pooch” on your lower belly
  • Struggle with a fat upper pubic area (FUPA)
  • Have given birth and have a relatively minor amount of post-pregnancy abdominal sagging
  • Are at or near your goal weight
  • Have no significant medical problems

You may not be a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck if you:

  • Are a smoker
  • Are pregnant or near pregnancy

Mini tummy tuck surgery and recovery

About your tummy tuck procedure

Mini tummy tuck surgery is a relatively gentle procedure that can be performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on your preference. First, an incision about 4-8 inches long will be made across your lower abdomen. Depending on your aesthetic goals and concerns, your surgeon will then suture together your lower abdominal muscles and remove any excess skin in the area. He or she will also perform liposuction to the abdomen and nearby areas if you have chosen to combine liposuction with your mini tummy tuck. Afterward, the skin is re-draped tightly over the abdomen, resulting in a smooth, fit-looking lower stomach.

About your mini tummy tuck recovery

After your mini tummy tuck surgery, you will be left with a short, thin horizontal scar across your lower abdomen, which should fade slightly over time with proper care. Your surgeon will require you to walk for 30 minutes, 3 times daily beginning the day after surgery. You will be placed in a spandex compression garment for several weeks to encourage healing.

Some results will be seen immediately, but you should expect to see your full results once swelling has subsided (around 6 weeks post-surgery). This recovery period is shorter than that of a traditional tummy tuck since it is a less invasive procedure. Results are typically permanent as long as you maintain a stable weight and a healthy diet and exercise routine.

Can I have a mini tummy tuck if I’ve had a C-section?

If you have had a cesarean section, a surgeon can often use the same incision for a mini tummy tuck, though it may be slightly longer. A mini tummy tuck can also address the “C-pouch” or “C-shelf” that is often left behind following a C-section. Your surgeon will discuss with you when the ideal time is to have your tummy tuck after a C-section.

How much is a mini tummy tuck in Seattle?

At Anderson Sobel Cosmetic Surgery in Bellevue, WA, a mini tummy tuck costs approximately $11,525. This price includes anesthesia as well as comprehensive liposuction of the abdomen, waist, hips, and pubis. You should not choose your plastic surgeon based on the cost of your desired procedure alone; other factors, such as choosing a board certified cosmetic surgeon with extensive experience performing mini tummy tucks, should also be considered.

Discuss mini tummy tuck surgery with Seattle plastic surgeon Dr. Sobel

As a triple board certified cosmetic surgeon and former President of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Alexander Sobel has over 20 years of experience performing cosmetic procedures, including mini abdominoplasty. Schedule your free mini tummy tuck consultation today by calling (425) 453-9060 or contacting us online.