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Mini Tummy Tuck

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A mini tummy tuck is a popular option for giving the stomach a flatter and fitter appearance. Compared to a full tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck is able to provide noticeable results with a shorter recovery. At Advanced Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Chang and our team of medical experts have been able to provide numerous patients with amazing results from their mini tummy tuck in Newark.

Differences Between Mini Tummy Tuck and Full Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck is essentially the same as a regular tummy tuck, except for the following:

  • shorter incision and thus a shorter scar
  • less lower abdominal skin is removed and therefore, potentially shorter recovery and fewer complications such as seroma (fluid pocket) formation
  • the belly button (umbilicus) is untouched except there may be a subtle downward pull shape change or in the case of an “umbilical float ” technique procedure, the belly button is detached from underneath and repositioned into a lower position in order to achieve a more “smoother” skin closure
  • in a mini tummy tuck, the same benefits of muscle tightening of the “diastasis rectus muscles” and contour liposuction can be delivered as seen with a full tummy tuck

Ideal Candidates for a Mini Tummy Tuck

Good candidates for a mini tummy tuck have:

  • normal body weight BMI <30
  • bulging abdomen from loose abdominal muscles (“rectus diastasis”)
  • modest excess skin
  • realistic expectations

You are not recommended for a mini tummy tuck if you are pregnant or have future plans to become pregnant. If you are in poor health or have underlying conditions that could impair proper healing, you may not be an ideal candidate. If you have excessive tissue laxity, a full abdominoplasty may be recommended instead of a mini tummy tuck.

Your Mini Tummy Tuck Consultation

During your mini tummy tuck consultation, a physical examination will be performed to identify the right treatment approach for your target areas. Your motivations, goals, and expectations will be discussed. Then, a surgical plan will be recommended to achieve your desired outcome.

Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure

The surgical procedure for a mini tummy tuck starts with the administration of anesthesia. A smaller incision (compared to a full tummy tuck) will be created just below the navel, along the bikini line. Sagging muscles will be tightened using internal sutures, and excess skin and fat will be removed. Depending on the amount of work required, your mini tummy tuck surgery may take 1 to 2 hours.

Mini Tummy Tuck Recovery

There will be some bruising and swelling around the stomach that will subside after several days of recovery. There should be minimal discomfort that can be managed with medication. The recovery period for a mini tummy tuck is shorter and less painful than the recovery following a traditional tummy tuck. Our team will provide you with a list of post-operative instructions.

You are recommended to wear an abdominal binder while your abdominal region heals. Avoid unnecessary straining and strenuous activities for the first few weeks. For faster healing, patients are encouraged to start performing light exercises and taking walks a week after surgery.

Mini Tummy Tuck Cost

The cost of your mini tummy tuck in Newark can be discussed during your consultation at Advanced Plastic Surgery Center. Cost will be based on the amount of work needed to provide the patients with their ideal results and other factors. Dr. Chang can go over the payment options we accept.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are bothered by the saggy appearance of your stomach and would like to know if you are a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck, contact Advanced Plastic Surgery Center in Newark today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Lawrence Chang is a board-certified cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery of the body. Dr. Chang can provide you with the personalized surgical care you need.