For patients who only have trouble with loose skin and stubborn fat in the lower abdomen that create a “pooch,” a mini tummy tuck can provide the desired results with less recovery time than a full tummy tuck. A mini-abdominoplasty is a less invasive surgery that requires a small incision, which will leave a smaller scar. The cosmetic surgeons of Prima Center for Plastic Surgery in Duluth, GA have performed may successful mini-tummy tucks that eliminate sagging skin and fat, as well as tightening and toning the patient’s stomach. After a mini-tummy tuck, patients have a flat, well-toned abdomen that improves the fit of clothing and the patient’s confidence.
"Dr. Philip Nakano has a genuine personality! Excellent bedside manners and cares a great deal about his patients. His facial procedures are beautiful! I trust him."- C.E. / Facebook / Aug 25, 2015
"For years I struggled with mid section weight gain in the lower belly. No matter how many diets, exercise, healthy eating, counting carbs/macros I couldn’t even make a dent in the lower belly. It was depressing to say the least. I decided to look into a Tummy Tuck. Had several consultations with different surgeons. My concern was safety #1. I didn’t want a doctor to cut corners or a doctor that was all about IG likes and followers. When I met Dr Song I knew I would be safe. He also told me no diet or exercise would free me of the bottom belly area that it would need to be surgically removed. I didn’t really set any expectations because in my mind ANYTHING would be better than what I was currently living with. Now 6 weeks post op from TT/MR/Lipo to flanks and under chin and I not only look AMAZING but I feel even better than I look. My midsection speaks for its self. I followed every instruction and I healed great. Even the incision line looks great! Swelling sucks but even on my now worst days is better than my previous best days. The words thank you just aren’t enough. Dr Song you gave me my confidence back and I will forever be grateful."- D.W. / Google / Dec 20, 2021
"My son and I had a small procedure done at Prima, and I was quite impressed to say the least. Dr. Song, and Adriana were hospitable and made us feel very comfortable. They answered any questions or concerns we had. Adriana was awesome, she held my son’s hand and reassured him when he was nervous. Dr. Song was very gentle, and talked with my son through the entire procedure. I mentioned Dr. Song was gentle, and when I tell you I could hardly feel that needle (for numbing) go in, I mean I could barely feel it. The procedures were quick and easy, and my son and I are more than pleased with our results. I am looking forward to go back for my next procedure. Thank you Dr. Song and Adriana, you guys were fantastic! 🤗"- A.F. / Google / Dec 17, 2021
"Dr. Song is the BEST doctor I saw. He is very realistic and honest about everything. That’s the kind of doctor you want to be performing your surgery. He is very professional and his team is the best!! I honestly will miss seeing them. If I ever go back under the knife, it will be Dr. Song."- V.S. / Google / Nov 13, 2021
"Dr. Song is the best kept secret in the state of Georgia. He is a double board certified plastic surgeon he is extremely knowledgeable in his field, compassionate, patient and takes pride in his work. He has more than EXCEEDED my expectations. Dr. Song made me feel extremely comfortable in entrusting my life in his hands. Safety is his primary concern and it showed. Dr. Song along with the entire staff at Prima plastic surgery are pure gold! Top notched. Adriana his nurse is amazing she works extremely well with Dr. Song she is his right hand, very knowledgeable, caring, patient and truly a gem. Michelle did an excellent job in recovery she gave my husband the necessary tools and information needed for my successful recovery. I consulted with several surgeons before choosing Dr. Song and no one else came close. He held my hand every step of the way as well as giving me his personal cell phone number and calling to check on me during after care. This just felt right it felt like family. 10 stars easily!"- L.N. / Google / Nov 13, 2021
Techniques of both full abdominoplasty and mini tummy tuck can be very similar. However, a smaller incision is used with the mini tummy tuck as a smaller area is treated. Sometimes it also depends on the amount of loose skin that will be removed. Liposuction may be used with this surgery. During the procedure, excess skin is removed and the remaining skin and underlying tissues are pulled tight. The result is a flat and more toned belly. The belly button is unaffected with this surgery because it typically does not need to be repositioned. Scars will be minimal and mostly hidden by undergarments.
A mini tummy tuck is performed in an accredited surgical facility, under general anesthesia. The surgery typically takes between 1-2 hours. Patients are released from the hospital following this surgery. The recovery period can take up to 6 weeks; this is the clearance normally given to resume with strenuous activities and exercise. Patients report high satisfaction of their surgical results and love having a well-shaped, tighter abdomen. Results after a mini tummy tuck re permanent. However, pregnancy or unnecessary weight gain will compromise the results so it’s best to maintain a proper diet and regular exercise.
The cost of a mini tummy tuck can vary depending on your cosmetic goals. Overall, it is less expensive than a traditional (regular) or extended abdominoplasty procedure. Specific cost information will be discussed in your consultation.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Mini Tummy Tuck FAQs
Patients who are candidates for a mini tummy tuck may also be candidates for liposuction as an isolated procedure. If loose skin is involved, however, liposuction will not be able to treat this. Liposuction is reserved for fat removal only. The only way to address loose skin is through a skin tightening procedure. A thorough assessment will be conducted during the initial consultation and the appropriate treatment plan recommended.
The mini tummy tuck procedure can be done even if a patient has an existing C-section scar. Typically, the incision made with a mini tummy tuck will be made just below the C-section scar. With this new incision, the loose skin is removed. The area will be pulled tight combining the two incisions into one. This new incision line will heal nicely and will be able to be concealed under bathing suits and undergarments.
Children Post Surgery?
We would advise a patient to delay the mini tummy tuck surgery if there are still plans of having children. This kind of treatment should take place after all pregnancies have been completed. The goal of any tummy tuck procedure is to tighten the abdominal wall. Pregnancy after a tummy tuck can compromise the surgical results.