Abdominoplasty is a body contouring procedure that helps redefine the lower abdomen. Also known as a tummy tuck, it is sometimes necessary in patients that cannot achieve a flat, well-toned stomach with diet and exercise alone. Triple-board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Leo Lapuerta, offers several variations of abdominoplasty surgery in Houston, Katy, and Pearland, TX. Men and women who are in good shape and have relatively good skin tone, but still battle an unwanted pooch in their midsection, may be candidates for a mini tummy tuck. This is an altered version used on patients who do not necessarily need to undergo a full abdominoplasty.
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The technique used for a mini tummy tuck is similar to that of full abdominoplasty. However, with a mini version the incision is much smaller and the area addressed will be just under the belly button. Liposuction is usually used during this procedure to remove excess fat. The excess skin that remains will be pulled tight so that the tummy has a new toned, flat appearance. In most cases, the belly button is unaffected. Scarring, while it does exist, is minimal and is easily concealed under a bathing suit or under garments.
A mini tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes around 1-2 hours to complete. The recovery generally takes about 4-6 weeks; this is when clearance to resume exercise is usually given. No longer forced to “suck it in”, patients love their results and feel that their abdomens look and feel more toned and fit. The results following a mini tummy tuck can be visible for years unless a pregnancy or significant weight gain occurs, both of which could compromise the results of the surgery.
Abdominoplasty continues to be a popular choice for men and women seeking flatter, tighter stomachs following weight loss and pregnancy. Because a mini tummy tuck is a less extensive surgery than a full abdominoplasty, the cost will be a little less. Most patients can expect to pay between $5,000-$7,500 for a mini tummy tuck.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,000 - $7,500
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
Mini Tummy Tuck FAQs@headingTag>
Can't I Just Have Lipo?@headingTag>
For mini tummy tuck patients, liposuction alone may be a possibility. Liposuction is a procedure that removes fat only. It is a good surgery choice for patients who have good skin tone and tight abdominal muscles. However, it will not benefit those who have sagging skin. When a patient comes to see us for the first time, we will work together to learn the patient’s aesthetic goals and review the procedures that might help meet those goals. For some, even a little hanging skin may warrant a mini tummy tuck.
Women who have had a C-section will typically have a scar that runs horizontally in the lower abdomen. During a mini tummy tuck, an incision will be made very close to the C-section incision. Once the loose skin is trimmed away and the area is pulled tight, the two incisions are essentially combined into one which will allow for only one scar to remain. This scar will still be located in an area that will be hidden by undergarments and a bathing suit bottom.
What if I get Pregnant?@headingTag>
Abdominoplasty surgery should probably be delayed until after all pregnancies have been completed. The goal of a tummy tuck procedure is to tighten the abdominal wall. Getting pregnant after a tummy tuck may spoil the surgical results.