Mini Tummy Tuck Overview
Despite adhering strictly to exercise and diet regimens, pockets of abdominal fat and loose, sagging skin can be extremely difficult or impossible to eliminate. Double Board Certified Dallas plastic surgeon, Steven J White, MD frequently helps patients in these situations attain the flat and toned midsection they are looking for with a mini tummy tuck procedure. Unlike a traditional or full abdominoplasty, where the incision goes from one hip to the other, a mini tummy tuck uses a smaller, easier to conceal incision, great for patients with a lesser amount of loose skin and stretched abdominal muscles. With a comprehensive examination and consultation, Dr. White, an experienced abdominoplasty surgeon, can help you determine if a full tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck would be the best means for you to to reach your goals.
Mini Tummy Tuck Reviews
"When I decided that I was going to have breast augmentation I went to Dr. White because he had been referred to me by a young lady that had received Rhinoplasty from him. I was just beginning to look for a doctor and had two other referrals that I would be visiting. However, after my husband and I went to see Dr. White in his beautiful, relaxed office, I didn't want to even investigate another doctor. Why would I want to go to someone that makes me choose my final breast size? How can a patient choose that when I don't know what the final outcome would look like? Doctor White is so refined, confident, and reassuring that he knows the best look for each individual. I'm a very natural, athletic person and I didn't want people to immediately notice that I had breast surgery. I simply wanted nice full breasts after breast feeding two babies. After that initial consultation, I scheduled my surgery and didn't visit any other surgeons. I knew that I would be wasting my time with the others because I liked everything that Doctor White was about. The morning of surgery I was having normal hesitation and doubt in my decision to even have my breasts augmented and Doctor White reassured me with his relaxed demeanor and wit in the pre-op room. A few hours later it was over. When the swelling had gone down ... I had/have PERFECT breasts. They are full, symmetric and VERY natural --- not to mention beautiful! I get SO many people that say to me, you have perfect breasts! Why were you ever thinking of having an augmentation? When I tell them that I already had the surgery, they can't believe it because they look so natural. I will be returning next year for a mini tummy tuck! Thank you Dr. White!!"- K. F. / Office Visit / Dec 10, 2008
"I am a 40 year old registered nurse, former research scientist, and former quality assurance analyst. I have had nine surgeries, six of which have been cosmetic. I went to one board certified plastic surgeon for liposuction; after two attempts and $20,000, he still didn't get it right. Next, I had a rhinoplasty by another plastic surgeon that checked out under investigation --- but this surgery has worsened my breathing problem. I then proceeded to have breast implants and a mini tummy tuck with another very reputable board certified surgeon. I woke from surgery with extreme itching yet was sent home after surgery. By the next day while at home, the skin on my abdomen was sloughing off like I had been burned chemically. We called the surgeon. He was very professional and handled the incident as quickly as he could. Please note however that if I had this procedure done at a facility where there were nurses to observe me overnight --- a hospital --- my medical treatment would have been expedited exponentially. After much upset, my face was beginning to show serious aging around the eyes and forehead. I proceeded with the usual diligence with research and tons of questions, but was absolutely terrified of having another board certified 'yahoo' cut on my most beloved feature: my eyes..... Until I met Dr. White. He was so excited about doing my surgery and detected my over-amplified and frequently expressed fears of surgery. He remained positive, upbeat and energetic. Dr. White had given me back that same sparkle that I had as a teenager --- and I am forever grateful for his mastery of his domain! My writing skills are inadequate to describe what this man has done for me and the way I feel about myself."- T. S. / Office Visit / May 21, 2010
"My sister went through cosmetic surgery without researching her doctor and he left the country just after her surgery leaving her with concerns and questions. I did not want this to happen to me. Researching to find the perfect surgeon was worth the time and effort. I found Dr. White and knew from the initial consultation that he was the one for the job. He is a perfectionist who is proud of his work and takes great care in the details to make each procedure the best it can be. I could not be more proud of my results --- I now have back my pre-baby body! Dr. White, thank you for making my smile a little bigger everyday and for making my experience a positive one without regrets. You are a rare find and a true artist. Without hesitation, I would do it all over again!"- L. L. / Office Visit / Apr 26, 2009
"You're not wearing that‚Äîare you? Those words from my mother led me to Dr. White. I had liposuction by another surgeon and months later my thighs were still so uneven you could see the difference in my clothes. I had a lot of swelling, bruising, and pain after my surgery. I only got to see the doctor once after my surgery because on all of my follow-up appointments I was only seen by his nurse. Needless to say, I was disappointed by my first plastic surgery experience. I thought all plastic surgeons were alike until I found Dr. White. I came to Dr. White for a correction after my first liposuction. What a difference‚Äîmy mom couldn't believe the change! I had very little swelling or bruising and much less discomfort than with my first liposuction surgery by the other doctor. Dr. White did my liposuction correction and also a tummy tuck. I never thought I would wear my very first bikini at age 41. Now when my mom asks, You're not wearing that‚Äîare you? she's talking about the string bikini ! Thank you Dr. White for my great new body! "- L. S. / Office Visit / Nov 02, 2013
The technique used for a mini tummy tuck is similar to that of full abdominoplasty. However, with a mini version the incision is much smaller and the area addressed will be just under the belly button. Liposuction is usually used during this procedure to remove excess fat. The excess skin that remains will be pulled tight so that the tummy has a new toned, flat appearance. In most cases, the belly button is unaffected. Scarring, while it does exist, is minimal and is easily concealed under a bathing suit or under garments.
A mini tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes around 1-2 hours to complete. The recovery generally takes about 4-6 weeks; this is when clearance to resume exercise is usually given. No longer forced to “suck it in”, patients love their results and feel that their abdomens look and feel more toned and fit. The results following a mini tummy tuck are considered permanent unless a pregnancy or significant weight gain occurs, both of which could compromise the results of the surgery.
Abdominoplasty continues to be a popular choice for men and women seeking flatter, tighter stomachs following weight loss and pregnancy. Because a mini tummy tuck is a less extensive surgery than a full abdominoplasty, the cost will be a little less.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Mini Tummy Tuck FAQ's
Can't I Just Have Lipo?
For mini tummy tuck patients, liposuction alone may be a possibility. Liposuction is a procedure that removes fat only. It is a good surgery choice for patients who have good skin tone and tight abdominal muscles. However, it will not benefit those who have sagging skin. When a patient comes to see us for the first time, we will work together to learn the patient’s aesthetic goals and review the procedures that might help meet those goals. For some, even a little hanging skin may warrant a mini tummy tuck.
Women who have had a C-section will typically have a scar that runs horizontally in the lower abdomen. During a mini tummy tuck, an incision will be made very close to the C-section incision. Once the loose skin is trimmed away and the area is pulled tight, the two incisions are essentially combined into one which will allow for only one scar to remain. This scar will still be located in an area that will be hidden by undergarments and a bathing suit bottom.
What if I get Pregnant?
Abdominoplasty surgery should probably be delayed until after all pregnancies have been completed. The goal of a tummy tuck procedure is to tighten the abdominal wall. Getting pregnant after a tummy tuck may spoil the surgical results.