A mini tummy tuck usually refers to the procedure that removes excess lower abdominal skin using a short scar. Many patients ask about the procedure and want to know if they are a good candidate. Generally speaking, very few patients are candidates for a mini tummy tuck.
Here is why mini tummy tuck is different from standard Tummy tuck.
1. The amount of skin removed is very limited. In other words if you have a lot of skin that needs to to taken out mini tummy tuck is not for you. The scar however, is much shorter/ smaller than a standard tummy tuck.
2. The belly button is usually not reshaped. the candidates for mini tummy tuck are those with excess lower abdominal skin and have a reasonably good shape belly button and no excess skin above the belly button.
3. It may not change the the shape of your waist. If you are looking for an hour glass shaped midsection and a very sharp contour, a mini tummy tuck is not right for you. Usually a mini tummy tuck does not involve muscle tightening or significant skin removal.
4. Liposuction may be needed to contour the midsection. Liposuction is usually needed with a tummy tuck and can be used with a mini tummy tuck.
There is no doubt that mini tummy tuck have several advantages such as short scar, less downtime, and loss cost. But, it does have many limitations. To see before and after you can goto the tummy tuck section of the website.
If you are interested in having a mini tummy tuck or have questions about this plastic surgery procedure you can contact our office at 619 522 0821. Moneer Jaibaji, MD is a double board certified plastic surgeon in San Diego. Read more about standard tummy tuck.