Mini Tummy Tuck Overview

A mini tummy tuck, also called a "mini tuck" or mini abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to tighten loose skin on the lower abdomen. 

Unlike a full tummy tuck, a mini tuck involves a short, horizontal incision on the lower abdomen, and the navel is left intact. A mini tummy tuck results in a scar that has the same length as a typical c-section, or half the distance from hipbone to hipbone. 

Many plastic surgeons believe that a mini tummy tuck yields limited results, and suggest that most patients undergo a full tummy tuck. With the mini tummy tuck, most patients get half of the full tummy tuck's scar, but only a quarter of the results they could see with a full tummy tuck.

*Treatment results may vary

Dr. Richard Baxter, a Seattle plastic surgeon, explains the differences between a mini tummy tuck and a full tummy tuck.


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