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Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck (mini abdominoplasty) procedure is designed to remove excess skin and stubborn fat pockets targeted in the lower abdominal area while improving the contours in and around the region below the belly button. In comparison, a full tummy tuck addresses the appearance and cosmetic concerns of a larger area of the abdomen and is capable of improving more severe cases of excess abdominal skin and muscle laxity. 

At Luxxery Boutique, our Surgical First Assistant, Cherry Fluker, assists our plastic surgeon with invaluable training and experience with this particular type of abdominoplasty procedure. In doing so, our practice refers to this surgery as the “Cherry Tummy Tuck.” Our board-certified plastic surgeon and Director of Luxxery Boutique, Dr. Ayman R. Hakki, generally recommends the mini tummy tuck surgery for patients who wish to redefine the lower abdominal area without the need for a full tummy tuck to achieve their goals. 

What Are the Benefits of a Mini Tummy Tuck?

A mini tummy tuck can be effective for smoothing those hard-to-tone lower abdominal areas that may be more resistant to diet and exercise. Some of the most standout benefits possible with this procedure include:

  • Removal of excess skin in the lower abdomen
  • Removal of excess fat in the lower abdomen 
  • A firmer, flatter midsection below the navel
  • Shorter procedure, reduced recovery time, and smaller scar than a full tummy tuck

Mini Tummy Tuck vs. Full Tummy Tuck 

There are several distinctions between a mini tummy tuck and a full tummy tuck. To begin, the area in which aesthetic changes are most desired can often decipher which treatment may be best suited for your goals. For improvement of excess skin and fat only in the lower abdomen, such as a protruding and/or lax appearance below the belly button, a mini tummy tuck with or without liposuction may be sufficient. However, a full tummy tuck addresses more significant concerns of superfluous skin and fat pockets in higher areas of the abdomen. Full tummy tuck surgery can also tighten and repair loose and torn abdominal musculature. Due to the more limited surgical area, a mini tummy tuck procedure tends to be less extensive and less invasive than a full tummy tuck – often resulting in less surgical time, reduced recovery time, and a shorter incision (smaller scar). During an initial consultation, Dr. Hakki will evaluate the desired area to be treated to determine which procedure may be the most appropriate surgical option.

What Happens During the Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure? 

Typically, a mini tummy tuck from our plastic surgeon is performed under local IV sedation as an outpatient procedure. An incision is made just above the pubic area for the surgical team to trim away the excess skin and administer liposuction (if necessary) to remove fat pockets while sculpting the area. To complete the procedure, Dr. Hakki will then redrape and smooth the remaining skin before closing the incision with delicate accuracy for the least amount of noticeable scarring possible after the healing process. Since there are two options for an abdominoplasty (mini or full), it is important to have a complete understanding of the desired goals with your surgeon and set realistic expectations for a successful outcome.

What Does the Mini Tummy Tuck Recovery Process Involve? 

For the first few days following surgery, it is normal to expect swelling, bruising, soreness, and some post-operative discomfort, but that should gradually fade as the treatment area heals. A compression garment and prescribed pain medication (as directed) may be recommended to minimize the side effects as much as possible and ease recovery symptoms for more comfort. Most patients can return to non-strenuous work and activities after one to two weeks, but it is advised to wait at least four to six weeks before taking on more rigorous endeavors. Our team will give you specific guidance on these aspects of recovery. Luxxery Boutique ensures patients have all of the necessary post-procedure instructions available to aid in a safe, stable recovery. 

How Much Does a Mini Tummy Tuck Cost?

At Luxxery Boutique, the average cost for a mini tummy tuck ranges from approximately $8,000 – $10,000 (not including liposuction costs). Generally, this includes the surgeon’s fee, sedation, use of the surgical facility, and follow-up care. The initial consultation with Dr. Hakki is free, in which you will be able to discuss your cosmetic concerns, review your health history, and receive a customized treatment plan. Once you have determined the next steps for your surgery, you will be given a more thorough pricing estimate. Luxxery Boutique accepts various third-party financing options with low, monthly payments for qualified applicants. Our finance coordinator is available to walk you through the process and review the best payment option for your budget.  

For more information about a mini tummy tuck, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hakki, please contact us today!