Mini Tummy Tuck
Conveniently located to serve San Francisco, Walnut Creek, and the Bay Area, SF
The abdominal region should be flat, free of stretch marks, without extra skin, and provide solid muscular support. Pregnancy, weight gain, and the aging process work against this ideal. Abdominoplasty strives to return the “tummy” to its ideal state.
-Andrew Barnett, MD
Over the course of time, we will experience a loss of skin elasticity and begin to form fatty deposits in different areas of our bodies. When these unwanted changes are concentrated in the lower abdomen, a mini tummy tuck may be the ideal solution for restoring a smooth, flat midsection. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Barnett frequently performs the mini tummy tuck in Walnut Creek for patients who cannot achieve their desired abdominal contours with diet and exercise.
What Is a Mini Tummy Tuck?
Unlike the traditional tummy tuck surgery, the mini tummy tuck is designed to help patients who require minimal correction to achieve the abdominal contours they desire. The mini tummy tuck is a less invasive procedure than a full tummy tuck.
A mini tummy tuck utilizes a short-scar incision on the lower abdomen, just above the pubic area. It often does not require an incision around the belly button.
This means the procedure is much faster than the traditional tummy tuck and has a more comfortable recovery process. Patients will also reap the benefits of a less visible post-surgical mark that can be easily hidden as it heals.
The Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure
To begin the procedure, Dr. Andrew Barnett will use a general anesthetic to help keep you comfortable during the surgical process. He will then make an incision above the pubic bone, but low enough that it can remain hidden under your clothes.
Dr. Barnett will then tighten the underlying muscles, remove loose skin from the lower abdomen, and get rid of the stubborn fatty deposits. Liposuction may also be performed at the same time.
Once the necessary corrections are made, he will close the incisions and bandage the treatment area to make sure it is safe. Drains are generally not required.
Recovering From Your Mini Tummy Tuck
Even though the mini tummy tuck is less invasive than the traditional technique, it’s still important that you take some time to rest and recover after the surgery is completed. You can expect the recovery to take about two weeks before you return to normal activities, six weeks for full athletic activity.
You may experience some swelling and bruising initially, but this is temporary and will subside. If it becomes too uncomfortable, we can provide medication to help put you at ease.
We highly recommend taking time off work and avoiding strenuous activities during your mini tummy tuck recovery period. We’ll provide you with detailed instructions on how to properly take care of yourself after the mini tummy tuck surgery.
Good Candidates for a Mini Tummy Tuck
The mini tummy tuck is designed for both men and women who are struggling to deal with loose skin and fatty deposits in the lower abdomen that don’t respond well to diet and exercise alone. Ideal candidates should be in good physical health and have realistic expectations. We’ll help determine if you’d make a good candidate for the mini tummy tuck surgery during a consultation.
Women who have had children often benefit from a mini tummy tuck because pregnancy can significantly alter their abdominal areas and cause them to retain excess skin and fat in the abdomen well after giving birth. Some women choose to combine the mini tummy tuck with breast surgery as part of a mommy makeover.
How Much Does a Mini Tummy Tuck Cost?
The price of your mini tummy tuck will depend on the specific techniques required to achieve your desired outcome. Dr. Barnett will determine the best surgical approach for your needs during your consultation. The costs associated with your surgery will then be reviewed with you.
Schedule Your Appointment
Dr. Andrew Barnett is a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon who proudly combines art and science to deliver excellent results. If you’re interested in learning more about having a mini tummy tuck, contact our office to schedule an appointment today!
To learn more about what you can expect during a Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure, or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Barnett at either his San Francisco or Walnut Creek office, please complete the form on this page or call (415) 362-1221