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Learn all about what mini tummy tuck is and what it can do to improve your body silhouette.

Traditional tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck: What’s the difference?

Abdominoplasty, commonly called a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that removes excess abdominal skin, fat, and surrounding tissues to tighten and reshape the way your abdominal area looks. Its usual process also involves repositioning the navel to suit the new shape and contour of your tummy. Abdominoplasty can be categorized into two types: a full or a mini tummy tuck.


A mini tummy tuck is a ‘miniature’ and a more straightforward type of abdominoplasty that specifically deals with the unwanted bulge on your lower abdomen. It involves creating an incision in the area near your pubic mound made a bit smaller than the traditional tummy tuck. It removes the excess skin, fat, and abdominal tissues as well as tightens the lower abdominal muscles that cause the appearance of a flabby tummy. Because a mini tummy tuck reshapes the lower abdomen alone, this does not affect the position of your belly button.


Who is eligible to have a mini tummy tuck?

If your tummy problem involves minimal loose skin with small excess fat in the lower abdomen that does not need radical and comprehensive muscle tightening such as that of a traditional abdominoplasty, then a mini tummy tuck is for you. Discuss with your trusted plastic surgeon if a mini tummy tuck is the perfect plastic surgery procedure for you.

What benefits can you get from a mini tummy tuck?

For those clients who are considered good candidates for the mini tummy tuck, they can enjoy the following privileges it provides:

Lesser scars. Since the procedure is not as elaborate as that of a full abdominoplasty, it would only require a thin horizontal incision line on your lower abdomen. You may no longer worry about scar formations around the navel since your belly button will not be repositioned, and manipulation is restricted to only your lower abdomen.

Faster recovery. A mini tummy tuck will only target your lower abdomen’s ‘flabby pouch,’ and since this type involves minor surgical steps compared to the traditional one, you can expect that your body will recover faster and your restrictions will be a bit more flexible. A shorter downtime is also expected from a mini tummy tuck. Some patients have even reportedly returned to their work 2 to 3 weeks after the surgery.

Fewer complications. Because this is a simpler version of a full abdominoplasty, your mini tummy tuck performed by an expert plastic surgeon is expected to cause fewer complications and lesser risk for infection because your surgical wounds will also be fewer and smaller.


Having washboard abs and flat tummies are part of a beautiful and sexy body figure. But just undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure will not be enough to obtain and maintain this physical attribute. Keeping a proper routine consisting of a healthy diet and regular exercise can help you not only in managing and supporting your sexier midsection, but also improve your overall physical health.

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