Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery in Pasadena
Mini tummy tuck surgery, or partial abdominoplasty, is a modified version ideal for patients with excessive fat and skin localized between the belly button and pubic bone. Often, candidates for a mini tummy tuck have been in good shape but recently experienced weight fluctuations or pregnancy.
What Is the Difference Between a Mini Tummy Tuck and Regular Tummy Tuck?
A mini tummy tuck is an 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 same place as a full tummy tuck, it does not extend to the hips, resulting in a smaller scar after surgery. The incision does not extend above the belly button; therefore, the belly button will not need to be repositioned.
A mini tummy tuck costs less and has a shorter recovery period than a complete tummy tuck. Dr. Taylor will consult with you before surgery to determine if a partial abdominoplasty is an appropriate and viable alternative to the full procedure.
How Long Is Recovery After Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Like a full tummy tuck, patients will be recommended to wear a compression garment during the healing period, which generally lasts from two to three weeks.
Patients may usually resume light activity after two to three days and return to work after one week following surgery.
Patients should avoid strenuous activity such as exercise for at least a month.
Frequently Asked Questions About Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery
How much does a mini tummy tuck cost?
The cost of a mini tummy tuck will vary depending on the amount of correction required. During your consultation with Dr. Taylor, you will discuss your aesthetic goals and determine the extent of the procedure. Based on this information, Nurse Sue Oliver, will provide you with a personalized quote for your partial abdominoplasty.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for mini tummy tuck surgery?
Ideal candidates for partial abdominoplasty will be in good health and have realistic expectations of their results. Ideal candidates will have excess fat or skin between the belly button and pelvic areas.
Can my mini tummy tuck be combined with other procedures?
Does a mini tummy tuck strengthen the abdominal muscles?
Unlike a full tummy tuck, partial abdominoplasty does not strengthen or tighten the abdominal muscles. Patients who experience diastasis recti should consider a full tummy tuck.
What type of anesthesia is used for partial abdominoplasty?
A mini tummy tuck may be performed using general anesthesia or twilight anesthesia, which is local anesthesia with sedation. In either case, patients will need someone to drive them home after surgery.
Will my health insurance cover my mini tummy tuck?
Health insurance will not cover mini tummy tuck surgery under most circumstances. For patients who experience diastasis recti, some medical insurance may contribute to the tummy tuck’s cost. Contact your health insurance provider to see what—if any— coverage they offer.