Mini tummy tuck is a plastic surgery procedure, which addresses the correction of the anterior abdominal wall muscle because of a redundant skin fold in the upper or lower abdomen. Thus, it is a smaller, half-sized version of classicalabdominoplasty. The area of the navel represents a border between the upper and lower mini abdominoplasty.
Lower mini tummy tuck
In lower mini abdominoplasty, about 1/3 to 1/2 of the skin and subcutaneous tissue of the underbelly is removed, the quality of muscle is examined from the navel to the pubic symphysis and, if diastasis or muscle weakening is found, it is corrected surgically.
Lower mini tummy tuck is performed if the skin cover and subcutaneous tissue in the lower part of the abdomen are very loose and the area above the navel is firm and of good quality. Therefore, no correction is needed as regards its elasticity. The incision is performed low, across the underbelly; the incision and resulting scar are about 20 cm long and easy to conceal with underwear.
Upper mini abdominoplasty
Upper mini abdominoplasty is performed in the upper part of the abdomen, the incision and resulting scar are placed in the under-breast crease. Again, the quality of the muscle is examined and, if needed, the muscle is tightened.
Upper mini tummy tuck is performed if the skin cover and subcutaneous tissue in the area above the navel is slack and loose and, on the contrary, the underbelly is firm and does not require surgery.
Both upper and lower mini abdominoplasty are often complemented with liposuction of hips and waist.
Mini abdominoplasty and liposuction
Combination of mini tummy tuck and liposuction is a plastic surgery correction of the abdominal wall performed because of excess skin and fat fold of the upper or lower abdomen. By sucking out the fat – abdominal liposuction, the subcutaneous fat layer is thinned in places where it has been excessively deposited.
What to expect after mini abdominoplasty?
Both types of mini abdominoplasty usually require hospitalization for 1 night and the patient must stay in bed as a part of the home care regimen for the following 4 – 5 days. After one week, a short walk is permitted. Wearing special elastic girdles, i.e. elastic compression belt, this is worn day-and-night for 4-8 weeks and taken off only for personal hygiene purposes, is an integral part of the treatment.
After 2 weeks, the patient may perform light office work, after 3 weeks, he/she may perform their everyday activities without involving the muscle strength of abdominal muscles. After 4-8 weeks, the belt is put aside and the patient resumes their normal life; however, bodybuilding exercise involving the anterior abdominal wall is still prohibited.
It is admissible after 6 weeks, when the inner muscle tissue is tightly closed by stitches, corrected, and healed. Superficial healing of the skin takes 2.5 – 3 weeks, internal healing, however, takes longer - about 6 weeks.