The mini tummy tuck is a lesser invasive than full tummy tuck or abdominoplasty procedure. Learn everything important about mini tummy tuck in this article.
What is a mini tummy tuck?
A mini tummy tuck is a less invasive version of a full tummy tuck or abdominoplasty. A mini tummy tuck addresses the area under your belly button.
The procedure pulls the lower abdomen and gives it a taut and flatter appearance. It eliminates the “lower body pouch” or the stubborn fat that doesn’t reduce with exercise and dieting. Although not primarily intended for stretch mark removal, it can also help remove stretch marks and scars following pregnancy.
How is mini abdominoplasty different from full abdominoplasty?
In a full tummy tuck, the surgeon makes a long horizontal incision above your pubic hairline.
The surgeon also tightens separated abdominal muscles, a condition called diastasis recti.
The surgeon might also perform liposuction to remove excess fat from the abdomen. And the belly button is popped through a new opening created in the abdominal skin.
A mini tummy tuck is only performed on the lower abdomen through a smaller incision, targeting a smaller area between your belly button and pubic bone. A mini tummy tuck is therefore less invasive.
Who is an ideal mini tummy tuck candidate?
Typically, mini tummy tuck candidates are people who are within their ideal weight range but have extra skin or fat around the waist. A mini tummy tuck helps eliminate fat deposits and hanging skin, which are both hard to lose with conventional diet and exercises.
How to prepare for a mini tummy tuck surgery?
A few blood tests will be done to confirm you are healthy before scheduling your tummy tuck surgery.
You will be asked to quit smoking and drinking at least two months before surgery because it can lower your immunity and delay the healing process post-surgery.
You should also inform your doctor if you take any anti-inflammatory drugs or herbal supplements.
Mini tummy tuck procedure
The surgeon will make a horizontal incision on your lower abdomen.
The surgeon then tightens the abdomen muscles and corrects diastasis recti (separation of abdominal muscles). The excess fat and skin is removed, and the skin is stitched.
As mentioned earlier, a mini tummy tuck offers the best results when you are within your ideal weight range.
Tummy tuck recovery: what to expect
Typically, a mini tummy tuck takes less time than a full abdominoplasty. On average, it takes at least six weeks for swelling to subside and the results to be visible. Your surgeon will recommend wearing a stomach binder to support the newly formed abdominal structure.
However, recovery time may differ from person to person and depends on factors like age, body weight and medical condition.
You can expect the results to be permanent unless you gain weight or get pregnant later.
Risks and aftercare
Possible post-operative risks include pain, scarring and slow healing. You may feel some pain after the anaesthesia wears off.
However rare, there may be a risk of infection or fluid discharge from incisions. Your surgeon will provide antibiotic medicines to avoid such infections.
What is the cost of a mini tummy tuck in Dubai?
The cost of a mini tummy tuck may vary from person to person, depending upon the following factors.
- The target area of tummy tuck
- Other procedures such as liposuction with a tummy tuck
- Cost of anaesthesia
- Location and popularity of clinic/surgeon
How to choose a surgeon for your mini tummy tuck surgery?
The mini tummy tuck procedure should only be performed by an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon.
You can ask a surgeon to show you their certifications and testimonials of previous patients. Often word-of-mouth and personal recommendation are good ways to find a reputable surgeon.
You can also look for genuine reviews by patients about their surgery experience.
Dr Adnan Tahir is one of the most renowned and experienced plastic surgeons in Dubai, having performed thousands of abdominoplasties. He believes in “doing -the -minimum” and obtains flawless results with minimal scars and recovery time.