Are you struggling to get rid of that little pouch under your belly button? Are diet and exercise not working?
The best news is that you can have a mini tummy tuck performed. This procedure tightens the space between the navel and pubic area.
Are Mini Tummy Tucks Safe?
Yes, this surgery is minor and considered safe; however, as with most procedures, there are risks which include:
- Irregular scarring
- Fluid accumulation under the skin
Simple and Easy
A specialized plastic surgeon usually performs mini tummy tucks in-office. There is a short recovery time of around six weeks.
How much does a Mini Tummy Tuck Cost?
The cost will differ depending on the plastic surgeon, location, and additional procedures performed simultaneously. Generally, you can expect to pay $3,000-$8,000.
|United States||mini||$3,500 – $8,000|
|traditional||$8,000 – $12,000|
|360||$12,000 – $18,000|
|United Kingdom||mini||£5000 – £6000|
|360||£9500 – £11,500|
|Turkey||mini||€2,500 – €3,500|
|traditional||€2,800 – €3,800|
|360||€4,000 – €5,000|
Are Tummy Tucks Worth it?
If you have been struggling to lose that last bit of weight, a mini tummy tuck is very effective at tightening and flattening your stomach. If you stick to a healthy diet, the results can be permanent.
Mini Tummy Tuck Explained
This procedure is not as invasive when comparing it to an abdominoplasty (full tummy tuck). It targets the small area under your belly button
when you are in a specific weight range or have excess skin or fat creating a small pouch.
How does the Procedure Work?
While performing the surgery, your surgeon might need to stitch your muscles together, which won’t affect the outside appearance. If you have any excess skin, this will be snipped and flattened. In addition, there are certain situations where liposuction is required to remove excess fat.
If you have stretch marks, this procedure might help as well. Talk to your surgeon about the possibility, as it will depend on the location of your stretch marks and the amount of excess skin you have.
If you have some additional pregnancy weight you can’t seem to lose, you might consider a full tummy tuck. The reason being is that during pregnancy, separation of your abdominal muscles occurs; this will affect both your midsection and lower abdomen.
Your surgeon will make a 4-8 inch incision to your lower abdomen to start the procedure.
It is almost identical to a C-Section scar.
Many women who opt for this surgery already have a C-section scar, and there is a good chance they will use the same incision as not to cause an additional lesion.
Next, your surgeon will tighten your muscles, and any excess skin and fat will be removed, and they will stitch you up.
It is not worth having this procedure performed if you plan to have any more children, as this will loosen your muscles again.
What are the Differences Between a Mini Tummy Tuck and a Full Tummy Tuck?
Both these procedures involve tightening your muscles for a flatter appearance as well as removing any excess skin. However, there are a few elements to take note of:
- Full tummy tuck
Full tummy tucks tighten the area over your entire stomach, both above and below the belly button. Your surgeon will tighten your loosened muscles in your midsection as well as your upper abdomen. This is the area you can tighten with leg lifts, crunches, or sit-ups.
Most of the time, your surgeon will make an incision to your lower abdomen just above your pubic area, and it extends from hip to hip. Then, your specialist will pull your skin down to create a nice flat stomach.
In certain situations, your surgeon may have to create a new belly button for you. There is also a chance that they may have to perfume liposuction to remove additional fat.
- Mini Tummy Tuck
This surgery is almost the same, but it targets a much smaller area just beneath the belly button. Mini tummy tucks do not focus on the loose muscles or excess fat in your midsection or upper abdomen.
One of the differences that stand out most between these two procedures is that the incision for the mini tummy tuck is much smaller, only ranging between 6-12 inches.
|Mini Tummy Tuck||Full Tummy Tuck|
|candidate||Candidates for a mini tummy tuck are typically lean and have only a small flap of excess skin in the middle of the lower abdomen, such as above a cesarean section scar.||Ideal candidates for a full tummy tuck have excess skin and fat on the lower abdomen that cannot be eliminated through diet and exercise. They may also have muscle separation or laxity in need of correction.
Shorter recovery time
|Removes excessive skin both above and below the belly button.
The patient gets a more completely transformed body.
Belly button issues can often be dramatically improved
|Cons||Does not deal with the upper abdominal region issues|
Less transformation of the body as compared to full tummy tuck
|has a longer recovery period that can affect your daily tasks.
Wound healing issues and seromas are definitely more common than with Mini abdominoplasty.
|Price in Turkey||€2,500 – €3,500||€2,800 – €3,800|
Am I a Good Candidate for a Mini Tummy Tuck?
Choosing between these two procedures might be tricky. While a full tummy tuck concentrates on correcting sagging skin and tightening loose muscles throughout your entire stomach region, a mini tummy tuck focuses on the loose skin and muscles below the navel.
It’s up to you to decide what is best for your specific desires. For example, if you have a little excess skin under your belly button, a mini tummy tuck will be beneficial, and you can save yourself a bit of money as it is a more affordable option.
How to Prepare for a Mini Tummy Tuck
You might need to go for blood tests before your surgery to ensure you are healthy enough for the procedure.
Other preparations could include:
- Not taking any medications that can thin your blood or prevent proper clotting like aspirin.
- Not consuming alcohol
- Quit smoking
What Happens After a Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure?
You will need to follow a strict list of instructions for recovery, which include:
- The date for your follow-up appointment
- How to care for your incision and drain tubes
- What to look out for to ensure you are healing properly
- What you are allowed to eat
- How much you will be required to rest
- How long you will need to wear the pressure garment
- What types of physical activity are out of limits, and how long it will take before you can resume these activities.
After your corrective surgery, you are more than likely going to be in a lot of pain and still groggy from the anesthetic, so it is vital to arrange a lift home.
You will also need someone to take care of you for a couple of days.
You will be allowed to shower 48 hours after the removal of your drainage tubes.
However, you are allowed to have sponge baths to keep clean. When you are allowed to shower, it is best to do so sitting in a chair.
You will be required to take antibiotics and, more than likely, an anticoagulant to prevent infection and blood clots.
Once your incision has had some time to heal, it is best to keep it moist by applying a topical ointment to the scar.
Alcohol is off-limits while you are still on your medication, and you should also stop smoking as it can lengthen your recovery period.
To help relieve swelling, it is best to sleep on an incline with your knees bent for the first couple of days. Then, to relieve pressure on your abdomen, pop a pillow underneath your knees.
You will be encouraged to walk around as much as possible after your surgery. Of course, just getting up will hurt, but the movement is essential to keep your blood flowing and aids with the healing process, and reduces the chances of blood clots in your legs.
While the movement is essential, so is rest. Find a comfortable position to rest as much as possible as you will be tired for a few weeks after your surgery.
Driving is off-limits for the first six weeks after your surgery. Vigorous exercise is also a big no-no. However, you will be allowed to start exercising four to six weeks after your procedure.
Your surgeon will discuss your recovery period with you, but it is common to be at home recovering for around four weeks.
Tips for Recovery
Your recovery is significant, and you want to ensure you are taking the correct steps for an excellent outcome.
For the first 14 days, it is essential to rest and not strain yourself. In addition, drinking a lot of water will flush any nasty toxins from your body and reduce your swelling.
It is essential to eat correctly by incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet; other tips include:
- Take vitamins, especially vitamin A and C.
- Pineapple and papaya are excellent foods to reduce bloating and inflammation.
- Take probiotics
- Green tea is perfect for boosting your immune system and antioxidant levels
- Arnica can be taken to reduce swelling, bruising, and pain
- A phosphorus supplement or ginger and be used to treat nausea
- Staphysagria is used to heal your incision
One of the most noticeable side-effects is severe pain for the first few days after your procedure. Your specialist will prescribe you some pain medication to alleviate as much of it as possible.
Swelling will deter you from seeing results for the first three months following your surgery.
- Pulling and Numbing
After your procedure, you might experience numbness in the tummy for a few months, sometimes years. When you stand up, it will feel like your stomach is being pulled but will subside after a few weeks.
There will be bruising to your abdominal area.
Your scar might encounter fluid-filled swelling, which is normal and will go away. For the first few weeks, your scar will be red and raised, but as you heal, it will flatten and lighten.