Mini Tummy Tuck
No matter how hard you train, you often have excess skin on your belly that prevents you from having that tight toned look you are chasing.
While you can train to tone muscle and lower your body fat, no amount of training can eliminate this excess skin.
A tummy tuck is an operation that primarily removes excess abdominal wall skin.
There are many variations of tummy tuck operations. However, an attractive option for many women is to have a mini tummy tuck.
It goes without saying that every person and body is different, and, therefore, every patient’s operation needs to be tailored to suit their unique requirements.
The only way of determining which procedure is best suited for you is to have a formal consultation with Dr Dona. During your consultation, Dr Dona will be able to tailor a procedure to suit your unique requirements and ensure you achieve the best results.
If you answer yes to these statements, you may be a candidate for a mini tummy tuck with Sydney’s plastic surgeon, Dr Eddy Dona:
- I would like my tummy tightened.
- I am sick of hiding my belly.
- I have a good body composition with low body fat levels.
- I have excess skin and fat below my belly button.
- I have minimal excess skin and fat above my belly button.
- My belly button looks good.
- I have minimal stretch marks below my belly button.
Mini Tummy Tuck
Skin Removal and Tightening—A mini tummy tuck typically only removes a small amount of excess skin below the belly button and within the upper pubic area. Therefore, it only tightens the skin below the belly button and does not make any changes to the skin above the belly button. A traditional tummy tuck removes a large amount of skin, often all the skin between the pubic area and belly button. Therefore, it tightens up all the skin along the entire abdominal wall, including above the belly button and up to the upper abdominal wall.
Scar Length—The difference in the amount of excess skin removed leads to the main difference between a mini tummy tuck and a traditional tummy tuck—the scar length. The scar for a mini tummy tuck is made along the lower abdomen at a similar level to a caesarean scar and is typically not much longer than your average caesarean scar. This contrasts with a more traditional tummy tuck scar, which is typically from hip to hip.
Belly Button—A traditional tummy tuck also involves a scar within the belly button, required to re-inset the belly button into the tightened overlying skin. Since a mini tummy tuck only removes excess skin below the belly button, a belly button scar is not necessary.
Time in Hospital—Since the surgical procedure for a mini tummy tuck is less involved and shorter than a traditional tummy tuck, most of our patients can go home on the same day of the surgery. This contrasts with a traditional tummy tuck, where patients are typically required to stay in hospital for a minimum of two days.
Downtime—Another great benefit of the mini tummy tuck is the reduced downtime. Most of our patients can return to light activities after one week and normal activity as early as four weeks. This contrasts with a traditional tummy tuck, where you are not cleared to attempt returning to normal activity until six weeks after the surgery.
What are the main differences between a mini tummy tuck and a tummy tuck?
There are a few main differences between a mini tummy tuck and a standard tummy tuck. First, it is essential to remember that both types of tummy tucks serve different purposes, and one may be right for you but not for another patient. Second, a mini tummy tuck is designed to remove a small amount of excess skin, and only a small number of women would benefit from a mini tummy tuck. A standard tummy tuck addresses a larger amount of excess skin and is best suited to most patients inquiring about tummy tuck surgery. Surgically speaking, the incision for a mini tummy tuck is much shorter than a regular tummy tuck. The belly button is also left in its original position, untouched, with a mini tummy tuck.
How much downtime will I need?
The time in the operating theatre to perform a mini tummy tuck is much shorter than a full tummy tuck. A minor procedure brings the added benefit of a much shorter downtime. You will likely only need one week before returning to light activities and four weeks before returning to normal activity.
Who is a mini tummy tuck suitable for?
A mini tummy tuck is more suitable for those with only a small degree of excess skin on the lower part of the abdominal wall below the belly button and in the pubic or mons region. Some patients who would ideally benefit from a full tummy tuck opt for the mini tummy tuck if they do not wish to go through the surgery, scars, costs and recovery time of a full tummy tuck procedure.
Will my belly button be moved with a mini tummy tuck?
No. Also, contrary to common belief, the belly button never moves with a traditional tummy tuck. However, a traditional tummy tuck does leave a scar around and within the belly button. In contrast, during a typical mini tummy tuck, the belly button is left completely untouched and is not moved, and no scar is created around or within the belly button.
Of course, some variations do exist, and occasionally the belly button may be moved or ‘floated’ down the abdominal wall. Also, sometimes a scar may be created within the belly button.
While many surgeons use poor techniques resulting in poor surgical belly button appearances, Dr Dona has developed his own technique that achieves a natural-looking belly button for his patients. You can view some of these belly buttons on our .
While many surgeons use poor techniques resulting in poor surgical belly button appearances, Dr Dona has developed his own technique that achieves a natural-looking belly button for tummy tuck before & after gallery.
Will any muscle tightening be performed with a mini tummy tuck?
Muscle tightening is not typically part of a standard mini tummy tuck. However, variations do exist, and some patients may require muscle tightening to achieve the desired outcome. In contrast, most patients undergoing a traditional tummy tuck do require muscle tightening.