What is a Mini-Abdominoplasty?
A mini-abdominoplasty (mini-tummy tuck) is designed for patients that have only a small amount of excess skin and fat in the lower abdomen. This is frequently the result of the aging process or pregnancy. The incision for a mini-abdominoplasty is much smaller than a traditional abdominoplasty, and the umbilicus “belly button” does not have to be relocated.
Who is a candidate for Mini-Abdominoplasty?
You may want to consider a mini-abdominoplasty if you:
- Have excess skin and fat in the lower abdomen that is resistant to diet and exercise
- You do not require contouring of the upper abdomen or flanks
- You do not have plans for future pregnancies
How is Mini-Abdominoplasty Performed?
Liposuction can be performed at the same time as a mini-abdominoplasty if there is excess fat of the flank and upper abdominal area. After completion of liposuction, a small horizontal incision is made across the middle of the bikini line. A flap of skin and fat is elevated off of the abdominal wall. If a muscle tightening procedure needs to be done, this can be performed at the same time. The excess skin and fat of the abdominal flap are excised and the wound is closed. This procedure can frequently be performed without placement of drains.
All surgery is associated with risks. Risks associated with a mini-abdominoplasty include bleeding, infection, fluid collections (seromas), wound healing problems, scarring, and need for revisional procedures. These are the same complications that can occur with a traditional abdominoplasty, but on a smaller scale. It is important to talk with Dr. Rovelo about the risks of your surgery and how the risks can be minimized to provide the best possible outcome.
A mini-abdominoplasty is performed as an outpatient surgery procedure, under general anesthesia. Surgery takes 1-3 hours to perform. Patients may go home the same day of surgery. Patients will be seen in clinic in 1-2 days, and then again at one week. Patients may return to light activity and work in 1-2 weeks. Patients may return to full strength activities and exercise after 6 weeks. During the first 2 weeks, patients will need to wear an abdominal compression garment at all times, except when showering. After 2 weeks, compression garments may be removed at night, although full-time is preferable. Garments may be discontinued after 6 weeks.