Mini Tummy Tuck in Melbourne, FL
Weight loss, pregnancy, and other changes can result in weakened abdominal muscles, accumulation of fatty deposits around the lower abdomen, and folds of excess sagging skin below the belly button. A mini tummy tuck eliminates these concerns and rejuvenates the entire lower abdominal region. At Dermatology + Plastic Surgery, led by Rebecca Novo, MD, and board-certified dermatologist Anita Saluja, MD, plastic surgery procedures such as a mini tummy tuck are performed with excellence for residents of Melbourne, Viera, Brevard County, and the surrounding communities of Central Florida.
What Is A Mini Tummy Tuck?
A mini tummy tuck is a modified version of the conventional tummy tuck procedure but focuses specifically on the area below the belly button, tightening abdominal muscles, lifting the skin so that it becomes smooth and firm, and trimming away excess fat and skin. The mini tummy tuck leaves a single horizontal hairline incision above the pubic area.
What is the difference between a Tummy Tuck and a Mini Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is ideal for individuals who have weak, flaccid abdominal wall muscles and extra fat and loose skin to eliminate. A mini tummy tuck is a less invasive procedure recommended for patients who still retain some strength in the abdominal wall muscle, and who have a smaller amount of fat and skin to eliminate mainly below the belly button. Our team will evaluate your condition and recommend the most suitable procedure for you.
How should I prepare for a Mini Tummy Tuck?
Our team will assess your medical history as well as your condition at your initial consultation. You may have to suspend certain medications in preparation for surgery. Please follow the guidelines given to you during your consultation.
The Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure
The mini tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that requires anesthesia to ensure your maximum comfort. The surgery is performed through a hairline incision that extends horizontally along the lower abdomen above the pubic region. Through this incision, the muscles of the lower abdomen are tightened, and excess fat and skin are trimmed away.
Recovering from a Mini Tummy Tuck
Immediately following surgery, you will be instructed to get up and walk although you may experience some swelling and soreness during this period. You may be required to wear a compression garment to protect the sensitive healing tissue from impact and to help the body adjust to its new contour. Most patients experience a relief of symptoms after two days, as swelling begins to subside and the body becomes stronger. Office work and non-strenuous activities can be resumed after a week, and over the following four to six weeks, you may gradually return to more strenuous activity and regular exercise.
How Much Does A Mini Tummy Tuck Cost in Melbourne?
The mini tummy tuck is naturally less costly than the full tummy tuck, but its cost may vary, depending on the amount of fat and skin to be removed, and any other procedures that are performed in combination with it. While most health insurance providers do not cover the mini tummy tuck, our office provides flexible financing and payment options.
If want to eliminate bulges of fat and sagging skin from your abdomen, contact the team of specialists at Dermatology + Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified plastic surgeon Rebecca Novo, MD, and board-certified dermatologist Anita Saluja, MD. We provide residents of Central Florida in Melbourne, Viera, Brevard County, and neighboring communities with cosmetic procedures such as the tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to know about a mini tummy tuck?
The mini tummy tuck differs from the traditional tummy tuck in that it mainly deals with the area below the belly button. Its designed to reduce fatty tissue and mildly stretched skin in the lower stomach.
What can you not do after a mini tummy tuck?
You should avoid heavy lifting or strenuous activity for at least six weeks after a mini tummy tuck. You should also wear your compression garment as much as possible during your initial recovery.
What is the recovery time for a mini tummy tuck?
You can typically return to work after 1-2 weeks depending on the nature of your job. It can take as much as six weeks to fully heal your incision, however.
Is it worth it to get a mini tummy tuck?
The mini tummy tuck is a great alternative to the traditional tummy tuck ONLY if you dont need extensive abdominal muscle repair OR have skin laxity at or above your belly button. Mini tummy tuck scars are easily concealable under clothing.
How much skin can a mini tummy tuck remove?
Very little skin is actually removed during a mini tummy tuck and can be as small as a few inches. The main goal of the mini tummy tuck is to remove skin and stubborn fat below the belly button.
Can you get muscle repair with a mini tummy tuck?
A mini tummy tuck does not typically include muscle repair because of its location. If stretched or weakened muscles are a concern, then a traditional tummy tuck may be needed.
When can I walk after mini tummy tuck?
You can begin light walking within a week of surgery - you should also make sure to periodically get up and walk around the house as soon as possible after surgery to prevent complications.
Is it easier to recover from a mini tummy tuck?
A mini tummy tuck generally comes with a shorter recovery than a traditional tummy tuck. However, you should still plan to take a week of downtime in order to rest.
How painful is a mini tuck?
A mini tummy tuck causes discomfort like any other surgery. Our team will make sure you have prescription medications to help manage any pain, however.
Do you need drains with a mini tummy tuck?
Drains are sometimes not needed with a mini tummy tuck. If they are required, our team will ensure you have detailed instructions on how to manage them.