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Mini Tummy Tuck

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Mini Tummy Tuck

Mini tummy tuck surgery, or partial abdominoplasty, is a modified tummy tuck ideal for patients who have excessive fat and skin localized between the belly button and pubic bone. Often, candidates for a mini tummy tuck have always been in good shape, but have recently experienced weight fluctuations or have gone through pregnancy.

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What is the difference between a mini tummy tuck and regular tummy tuck?

A mini tummy tuck is the appropriate choice for patients whose waistline and abdomen require less-extensive surgery – unlike a full tummy tuck, a mini will only tighten skin from below the belly button to the pubic bone. Although the incision is made in the exact same place as a full tummy tuck, it does not extend to the hip areas, resulting in a smaller scar line. In addition, as this incision does not extend above the belly button, the belly button will not need to be repositioned.

A mini tummy tuck has a smaller cost, and shorter recovery period, associated with the operation. Dr. Taylor will consult with you prior to surgery to determine if a mini tummy tuck is an appropriate and viable alternative to the full procedure.

Recovering from a Mini Tummy Tuck

Similar to a full tummy tuck, patients will be required to wear a compression garment during the healing period, which generally lasts from two to three weeks. Patients may return to work after one week following surgery, and may resume light activity after 2-3 days. Strenuous activity such as exercise should be avoided for the first month.

Thomas S. Taylor, MD, FACS

American Society of Plastic Surgery Fellow American College of Surgeons American Board of Plastic Surgery ABMS MOC American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

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