The mini tummy tuck is smaller and less noticeable than incisions used for a full tummy tuck – there is just one at the bikini line. The goal of a full or modified tummy tuck is the same: to create a tighter, flatter stomach. Through a single, short incision at or above the pubic area that stretches a few inches across the lower abdomen, your plastic surgeon will remove excess skin, tighten the underlying slack muscle and perhaps use a fat-removal procedure like liposuction to further contour the area.
Who a mini-tummy tuck is for
The ideal candidate for a mini tummy tuck is someone with localized excess skin or fat—usually between the belly button and pubic bone – as opposed to greater excess skin or fat found in a broader area. Good candidates for a modified approach to fixing a slack tummy are in good health but find that diet and exercise hasn’t helped the issue.
A mini tummy tuck entails removing skin and tissue from the lower abdomen and repairing the weak muscles on the inside without repositioning the belly button (which is generally required in a full abdominoplasty).
There are different techniques for different body conditions. A person might be trim, but the skin could be loose. These people may only need a mini tummy tuck.