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.
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 undergarments.
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.