You may consider a mini tummy tuck a better option than a full tummy tuck because it sounds like a simpler procedure. However, it’s important to understand what concerns a mini tummy tuck can address and the results you can expect first. A mini tummy tuck doesn’t address all the issues that a full tummy tuck does, but there are several benefits to choosing this procedure if you’re an appropriate candidate.
Let’s dive deeper into how a mini tummy tuck works and if you are a good candidate for this procedure.
What Is the Difference Between a Full and a Mini Tummy Tuck?
A mini tummy tuck focuses on the lower abdomen, while a full tummy tuck addresses the area from the ribs down to the pubic area. The mini tummy tuck does not require an incision around the bellybutton, just an incision along the lower abdomen along the pubic area. This incision is shorter for a mini tummy tuck than for a full tummy tuck. After making this small incision, the surgeon removes excess skin and fat below the bellybutton. A mini tummy tuck does not repair separated abdominal muscles, called diastasis recti. Once the procedure is completed, you will recover at home for about a week.
Typically, a mini tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation.
What To Expect During Mini-Tummy Tuck Recovery
A benefit of this procedure is that the recovery period is shorter than for a full tummy tuck. You can even return to work after a week or two if you have a desk job. Most patients experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort after the procedure, but these symptoms can be easily managed with compression garments and pain medication.
Am I a Good Mini Tummy Tuck Candidate?
You might be a good candidate for this procedure if:
- You only have mild skin laxity
- Your concerns are limited to the area below the bellybutton
- You do not need muscle repair
It’s important to make the right choice for you rather than picking a procedure based on cost or convenience. If you choose a mini tummy tuck, but don’t achieve the desired results, there is potential for revision surgery in the future.
How Much Does a Mini Tummy Tuck Cost?
Generally, a mini tummy tuck costs less than a full tummy tuck as it is a more limited procedure. Because your tummy tuck is customized to your body, your goals, and your desired results, it’s not possible to quote a price without a consultation. During your consultation, we will provide you with a personalized pricing estimate that details your expected costs.
A mini tummy tuck is an effective way to improve your midsection if you are a good candidate. However, it’s a good idea to discuss the procedure, recovery, and results with your surgeon before making a choice. Our patients achieve excellent results from both procedures as you can see in our tummy tuck before and after gallery. Request a consultation or call us at (702) 450-0777 to schedule an appointment.