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.
"Dr. Lapuerta performed Kybella on my chin. I could not be happier with my RESULTS! He was very honest, professional and caring to my concerns and my goals. HE is the BEST!"- B.C. / Google / Aug 31, 2016
"This review only contains a rating"- H.G. / Google / Nov 17, 2016
"I want you to know that Dr. Lapuerta and hist patient coordinator, Brandi and his entire staff are phenomenal. He did a full tummy tuck, implant replacement during a hysterectomy. The surgery was long. He gave me his cell and he couldn't have been more caring. His bed side manners make you feel so..."- M.G. / Healthgrades / Nov 16, 2016
"I want you to know that Dr. Lapuerta and hist patient coordinator, Brandi and his entire staff are phenomenal. I was recommended to them by my Obgyn, Dr. Baden ( also amazing) to see him after discussing needing a hysterectomy and wanting to do a tummy tuck as well if I was going to do that. And My Obgyn highly recommend Dr. Lapuerta to do the surgery with him and do it all together. I was very nervous of course. But, I went and met with Lapuerta and Brandi and was INSTANTLY comfortable and felt they were the perfect fit for me. My Case was long. It was 7.5 h our surgery. I would say I am in pretty good shape, just had 5 babies in 5 years that did a number on my body. The surgery and recovery ( i am 4 weeks out) was in NO WAY easy. But, Dr. Lapuerta took wonderful care of me. I had his cell number and he answered as soon as I would call. He also replaced my 15 year old implants along with the full tummy tuck and I am THRILLED! I would not use anyone else but Dr. Lapuerta for future surgeries. His bed side manner is kind, warm and you NEVER feel rushed. Brandi is just as fabulous and again, never feeling rushed or like your asking stupid questions. And with as much surgery I was having , I ask a ton of questions. I have no doubt if you use him for surgery you will be so happy. You, will love his patience and kindness. He truly cares about you and your over all health and well being. I want to thank him and Brandi for making my experience as easy as it could be. AMAZING! I still have a ton of swelling and healing, however, I am already in love with the way i look! Dr. Lapuerta did EXACTLY what he said he would do. He made me look a million times better. I want to thank Dr. Lapuerta for making me a new women with confidence again. And Thank you Brandi for your kindness throughout the whole process."- H.H. / Facebook / Nov 16, 2016
"Wow.... I love Dr. Lapuerta. He is never in a hurry and always listens to me. His staff is also awesome! I look forward to my appointments."- C.M. / Google / Nov 15, 2016
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.