A mini tummy tuck is exactly what it sounds like — a less invasive procedure than a full tummy tuck, but still an option to help patients achieve a flatter stomach.
The mini tummy tuck procedure is most commonly requested by women who have had children, lost weight, and still can’t seem to shake the “pooch” in their lower abdominal area. This “pooch” is usually a result of the stretching of muscles during pregnancy and can be resolved at Carolinas Center for Plastic Surgery. Request an Appointment
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Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery Procedure and Downtime
The mini tummy tuck procedure can be performed by Dr. Klainer on an outpatient basis. Instead of the two incisions required for a full tummy tuck, the mini tummy tuck uses one small incision across the lower abdomen.
During the procedure, liposuction is performed on the entire abdomen, then the muscles from the navel to the pubis are tightened. For the first 7 days of recovery, patients will have a small drain inserted to decrease the likelihood of fluid accumulating under the skin flap.
Following the procedure, most patients will require 7 to 10 days home from work, and most will require 6 weeks before returning to all normal activities.
View before and after photos of mini tummy tucks here for assistance in your decision-making process. Visit Carolinas Center for Plastic Surgery in Morehead City or Jacksonville, North Carolina, or contact us at (252) 222-5888 to learn more.
Frequently Asked Questions
The procedure is performed at either Carteret General Hospital or The Surgical Center of Morehead City. Most patients will go home the same day.
Yes. It is often performed in conjunction with other cosmetic or GYN procedures.
Yes. If you plan future pregnancies, Abdominoplasty or Mini Abdominoplasty should be postponed as the muscles repaired at the time of surgery will be re-stretched, thereby destroying the initial results.