What is a Mini Tummy Tuck?

what is a mini tummy tuck

When it comes to achieving the body you desire, sometimes a little extra help can make all the difference. 

If you’ve been exploring options for toning and contouring your abdomen, you’ve likely come across the term “mini tummy tuck.” But what exactly is it, and how does it differ from a traditional tummy tuck? 

In this blog, we’ll discuss the mini tummy tuck procedure, shedding light on its benefits, suitability, and what you can expect. 

What is a Mini Tummy Tuck?

A mini tummy tuck, referred to as a mini abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to target excess fat and loose, sagging skin in the lower abdomen. 

The procedure is ideal for individuals with localized fat deposits and loose skin in the lower abdomen but does not require extensive correction of the upper abdomen.

It’s common for patients to consider combining a mini tummy tuck with additional complementary procedures like liposuction (a technique known as lipoabdominoplasty) or a breast lift for a more comprehensive transformation.

What Benefits Does a Mini Tummy Tuck Offer?

A mini tummy tuck offers several benefits for individuals with specific concerns in the lower abdominal area. 

Here are some of the key benefits of a mini tummy tuck:

  • Flattened stomach with significantly reduced skin
  • Slimmer and more attractive figure
  • Enhanced abdominal shape and posture
  • Strengthened abdominal walls
  • Improved health due to fat loss
  • Eliminate some stretch marks located below the belly button
  • Boost self-confidence
  • Can be combined with other procedures (e.g., liposuction, brazilian butt lift, etc.) to enhance results

It’s important to note that while a mini tummy tuck offers these benefits, it may only be suitable for some. Consult a board-certified plastic surgeon to know if the procedure is suitable for you.

What does Mini Tummy Tuck Target?

A mini tummy tuck typically targets:


Lower Abdomen

Localized Fat Deposits

Skin Laxity

A mini tummy tuck focuses and targets the lower part of your abdomen, specifically the area between your belly button and the pubic region.

Mini tummy tucks are particularly suitable for individuals with localized fat deposits or a “pooch” in the lower abdomen that persists despite diet and exercise efforts.

The procedure effectively targets mild to moderate skin laxity in the lower abdominal area, achieving a smoother and more toned appearance by eliminating excess skin and tightening the remaining tissue.


Who are the Ideal Candidates for a Mini Tummy Tuck?

You can go for a mini tummy tuck procedure if you

  • Are a nonsmoker
  • Are not planning any future pregnancies.
  • Have a stable weight
  • Have realistic expectations from the procedure
  • Are mentally healthy and doing the procedure for yourself.
  • Are bothered by the appearance of the ‘pooch’ on your lower abdomen or by the appearance of your cesarean section scar

It’s essential to thoroughly discuss with a qualified plastic surgeon to assess your candidacy and explore your options for achieving the desired improvements in your abdominal area.

What is Involved in a Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure?

A mini tummy tuck procedure is performed by a plastic surgeon in an outpatient-based facility. 

Here’s an overview of how a mini tummy tuck typically works:

  • The procedure begins with administering anaesthesia to ensure the patient’s comfort and pain control during the surgery.
  • The surgeon makes a relatively small incision of about 4 to 8 inches long in your lower abdomen.
  • Excess skin and fat are carefully removed from the lower abdominal area through the incision.
  • Sometimes, the surgeon may repair and tighten the abdominal muscles below the belly button.
  • The incision is closed using dissolvable stitches, surgical tape, or glue.

Mini tummy tucks are shorter and smaller procedures than a standard tummy tuck, usually lasting between 2-3 hours. 

What Should I Consider During Mini Tummy Tuck Recovery?

Recovery after a mini tummy tuck is a critical phase of the process, and it’s essential to follow your surgeon’s post-operative care instructions carefully to ensure a smooth and successful recovery. 

Here are several key considerations to keep in mind during your mini tummy tuck recovery:

  • Pain Management: You will likely experience some discomfort and swelling during this initial period, which can be managed with prescribed pain medications.
  • Limit Physical Activity: Avoid strenuous activities, lifting heavy objects, and any activity that stresses your abdominal muscles.
  • Incision Care: Keep your incision dry and clean, and change bandages as the surgeon recommends.
  • Swelling and Bruising: After surgery, it is normal to experience swelling and bruising, which should gradually diminish over the ensuing weeks.
  • Scar Care: It’s normal for the edges of your scar to look elevated or bunched early on. After about four weeks, you can apply a silicone gel to reduce the mini tummy tuck scar’s visibility

If you experience any unusual symptoms, such as increased pain, redness, swelling, or signs of infection, contact your surgeon promptly.

What Results to Expect from A Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure?

You may see some results immediately after surgery, with full results visible about six weeks later. That’s how long it takes for all the swelling to go down and your skin to relax.

Post-procedure, you will notice a flatter and firmer lower abdomen with reduced pooch or bulge.

The outcomes of a mini tummy tuck are generally permanent, barring age, significant weight gain, and pregnancy. You can preserve these results with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

What are the Risks Associated with the Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure?

Though mini tummy tuck surgery is typically considered safe, risks may include:


  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Persistent pain
  • Allergic reaction to anaesthesia
  • Irregular scarring
  • Fluid accumulation under the skin

Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon with expertise in tummy tuck procedures is essential to minimise these risks and enhance the chances of achieving a favourable result.

Full vs. Mini Tummy Tuck- What is the Difference?

A full tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and a mini tummy tuck are both surgical procedures used to improve the appearance of the abdominal area. However, they differ in several key ways:



Full Tummy Tuck

Mini Tummy Tuck

Target Area

Upper and lower abdomen

Lower abdomen


Requires two longer incisions- one in the lower abdomen and one near the belly button

Requires one incision hidden below the panty line


Two longer scars

One smaller scar

Belly Button



Diastasis recti (abdominal muscle separation)

Complete correction

Partial correction


Longer recovery time

Faster recovery

Why Choose Dr Demetrius for a Successful Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure?

Dr Demetrius is highly regarded in cosmetic surgery and specializes in mini and full tummy tuck surgery.

With extensive expertise of over 20 years and 1000+ surgeries, he can help determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure and guide you through every step. 

To book an appointment with Dr Demetrius for a consultation regarding tummy tuck surgery, contact our clinic today. 

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