A hybrid tummy tuck is not a mini tuck.
A mini tuck tightens only up to the umbilicus.
The hybrid tummy tuck is a short incision tummy tuck which tightens all the way to the xiphoid.
It is not easy to perform, and often requires an endoscope, especially if the umbilicus is left intact.
The hybrid tummy tuck is not for patients who have a lot of excess skin above the umbilicus, not for patients who have a lot of excess skin below the umbilicus, but rather for women who have had fit pregnancies and did not have a large weight gain during their pregnancy.
We rarely perform mini tummy tucks because the bulge from pregnancy extends above the umbilicus in most women, and should therefore be tightened, especially if it can be performed through a mini tummy tuck incision.
While this office maintains the trademark of the name hybrid tummy tuck, other surgeons are free to perform a similar procedure. Because we have experience with many hybrid tummy tucks, I am happy to talk with board certified surgeons who are contemplating performing a similar procedure on their patients.
Web reference: http://drbrent.com/hybrid-abdominoplastyprocedure/