The abdominal area of the body is among the most common concerns for many men and women. In most cases, individuals exercise and eat properly but still fail to achieve a sculpted, flat tummy. A mini tummy tuck can help restore a firmer, flatter-looking midsection without the recovery time associated with traditional abdominoplasty surgery. Atlanta plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Killingsworth and his plastic surgery team can determine if you are a candidate for mini tummy tuck surgery to restore natural-looking contours.
A mini tummy tuck is appropriate for men and women who need cosmetic improvement to only the lower abdomen area that is just below the belly button. The surgery can remove excess skin and fat but does not tighten the underlying muscles like a traditional tummy tuck.
Mini tummy tuck surgery can:
A mini-abdominoplasty is only recommended for patients within their ideal weight range and who have stubborn fat around the lower abdomen.
During your mini tummy tuck consultation, our plastic surgeons will examine the location of the extra fat on your abdomen and the sides of your waist to determine if you are a candidate. We will describe how a mini tummy tuck can improve your midsection and the surgical steps taken during your procedure.
General anesthesia is used for most mini tummy tucks, but local anesthesia may be used for your mini abdominoplasty surgery.
You should expect the surgery to last approximately ninety minutes. Your plastic surgeon will make a small incision just below your navel, remove any fat from the area, and then pull the skin tight. Sutures are used to close the incision, and your abdomen is wrapped in a compression bandage to hold the soft tissues in place.
After your mini tummy tuck, you will experience mild discomfort, swelling, and tenderness in your lower abdominal area. The severity of these symptoms is different for each patient and should last no longer than three days.
Constipation is also common after a mini tummy tuck. You will need to rest for the first two weeks, after which you can resume some light activities. The healing process can take several months, so you should be patient with your body and get plenty of rest. The results of a mini-abdominoplasty can be long-lasting. Patients are encouraged to maintain an active lifestyle with consistent dieting and exercise to help maintain their results.
Dr. Christopher Killingsworth, Dr. Stephanie Farber and their staff of plastic surgery professionals would be happy to help you set up a personal consultation to discuss mini-abdominoplasty surgery in more detail. Contact our Atlanta office at (678) 208-6008, our Cumming, GA office at (678) 400-0302, our Canton, GA office at (678) 918-3361, or request an appointment online today.
The cost of mini tummy tuck surgery is different for each patient. After your consultation, we can give you the exact price of your mini-abdominoplasty. Astra Plastic Surgery accepts payment by cash, personal check, credit card, CareCredit®, and Alphaeon® Credit financing.
You are welcome to check with your insurance provider about your coverage options. However, mini-abdominoplasty is considered elective surgery and is generally not covered by insurance.
While not as invasive as a traditional tummy tuck, it will take your body time to heal—generally six to eight weeks. However, most people return to work after two weeks. It’s important not to overdo it and if your job is strenuous or involves heavy lifting, speak with your doctor to see when you can reasonably expect to return to work.
The primary difference between a mini-abdominoplasty and a traditional tummy tuck surgery is during the surgery for a traditional tummy tuck, your tummy muscles will be tightened, and liposuction may be used to remove excess fat. A complete tummy tuck is needed to correct diastasis recti, which is a common condition after pregnancy. A mini tummy tuck is only performed on the lower part of your abdomen.
At Astra Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, we believe plastic surgery can achieve beautiful yet subtle results that accentuate your natural contours. Whether you opt for surgical treatments or non-invasive procedures, your cosmetic surgeon should possess a thorough understanding of the body's symmetry and proportions to ensure the best possible outcomes.*
Schedule a consultation today to learn how Astra Plastic Surgery can empower you to take control of your look.