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Douglas A. Taranow, DO, FACOS

New York, NY

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Posted November 25, 2019 in Mini Tummy Tuck

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Tummy tuck surgeries were traditionally done to cover war wounds or to help babies born with umbilical deformities.

Today, the traditional full tummy tuck is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available.

The tummy tuck is the gold standard when it comes to contouring the belly area, and its history proves there’s nothing wrong with a little change.

What Is a Mini Tummy Tuck?

A mini tummy tuck is an abdominoplasty procedure that’s designed to be less invasive than a traditional tummy tuck surgery.

Incisions for a mini tummy tuck are typically done lower and are smaller on the belly, as shown by the surgical lines drawn on the model above. Smaller incisions typically result in less visible scars.

Incisions for a mini tummy tuck are typically done lower and are smaller on the belly, as shown by the surgical lines drawn on the model above. Smaller incisions typically result in less visible scars.

Incisions are smaller and the amount of skin and tissue lifted is typically less than a traditional tummy tuck, making it an ideal option for patients with less fat to remove.

Mini Tummy Tuck vs. Traditional Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck:

  • Flattens and smoothens lower stomach
  • Removes small pockets of fat
  • Leaves fewer scars than a full procedure

A traditional tummy tuck:

  • Removes extensive fatty tissue
  • Tightens loose, sagging abdominal skin throughout the entire abdomen
  • Smooths abdominal contours

“Mini”-mize Your Healing Time

A mini tummy tuck essentially cuts down the amount of work done during your surgery. You still get the benefits of a traditional tummy tuck, but on a smaller scale.

This is good news for the healing process, as smaller incisions tend to heal faster and discomfort dissipates faster than with a more extensive procedure.

Target Only What You Need

A mini tummy tuck is a perfect procedure for patients struggling with a “pouch” or a small amount of extra fat hanging onto their lower tummy.

In many ways, it’s even better than the extensive work a full tummy tuck takes. With a mini tummy tuck, the small incisions ensure only the necessary amount of skin and fat is removed.

Results tend to look more natural and fit in better with existing body contours.

Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure Steps

Step 1: A smaller horizontal incision is used to separate skin and fat from the abdominal muscles in the lower stomach. The skin is only lifted in the area below the belly button, unlike a full tummy tuck.

Step 2: Excess fat and skin are removed from area below the belly button before the abdominal muscles are tightened.

Step 3: Skin is re-draped over the newly shaped contours before the incision is closed with sutures.

A mini tummy tuck is an ideal procedure for patients who are looking to remove small amounts of extra fat, like the patient shown in this before and after image set. The procedure will flatten and smoothen the abdomen area in less time than a traditional procedure.

A mini tummy tuck is an ideal procedure for patients who are looking to remove small amounts of extra fat, like the patient shown in this before and after image set. The procedure will flatten and smoothen the abdomen area in less time than a traditional procedure.

A mini tummy tuck can take between one to two hours to complete.

Traditional Tummy Tuck Procedure Steps

Step 1: Dr. Taranow makes a horizontal incision across the lower abdomen to separate skin and fat from the abdominal muscles.

Step 2: The muscles are tightened to flatten the abdomen and narrow the waistline. Excess fat and skin are also removed as needed.

Step 3:The remaining skin “flap” is pulled down, tightened, and re-draped over the newly shaped contours before Dr. Taranow closes up the incision.

A full tummy tuck can take between two and four hours to complete.

Recovery

Mini tummy tuck: Four to six weeks of recovery. Patients will need to avoid strenuous activity and follow all post-operative directions, such as wearing a compression garment.

Traditional tummy tuck: About six weeks of recovery. Patients can return to work two weeks after surgery but must avoid strenuous activity until fully healed.

Would You Like to Learn More?

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Taranow by using our contact form online or by calling us at 212-772-2100.