What is usually included in a Mini TT?

Would like to know what usually is part of a Mini Tummy Tuck

Doctor Answers 5

Mini Tummy Tuck

Please note that the mini tummy tuck addresses the area below the navel, and a full tummy tuck address above and below the navel. 
A full tummy tuck works to address the presence of wrinkly or loose skin with stretch marks, excess fatty tissue and rectus muscle diastasis (separation of the anterior abdominal muscles) below and above the navel.

Therefore, to determine the most suitable option for you, please see an experienced board certified plastic surgeon for an assessment. Best of luck!

Mini tummy tuck

Thank you for your question.

As others have answered here, a mini tuck primarily address skin laxity and sometimes abdominal laxity below the belly button. It doesn't do much for looseness or muscle laxity above the bellybutton. A full tummy tuck handles this area better.

There are other variations that are less well-known depending upon your goals and time for recovery.

For example a full tummy tuck can be done without muscle repair for the appropriate patient.

A full muscle tightening can be done with a mini tummy tuck skin excision or sometimes with no skin excision.

There are more extensive kinds of abdominoplasty that remove even more skin in patients with massive weight loss and severe laxity

The best way to approach this would be to learn which option would best fulfill your needs.

A board-certified plastic surgeon can help go over the options with you and address your goals.

What is usually included in a Mini TT?

A minitummy tuck may include skin and fat removal along with muscle repair and liposuction.  You need to ask your surgeon.

Find a board certified plastic surgeon who performs hundreds of tummy tuck procedures each year. Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.

Kenneth Hughes, MD

Los Angeles, CA

What is usually included in a Mini Tummy Tuck Operation?

  In my opinion, the mini tummy tuck is an  operation that  produces very limited results and is very rarely indicated. It involves a shorter incision but does not address the majority of the abdominal wall issues present for most patients who present consultation. For example, the area of skin excised is quite small. The abdominal wall musculature is addressed below the umbilicus leaving the upper number wall potentially lax. The appearance of the umbilicus is not necessarily addressed sufficiently.

For most patients who have had pregnancies and/or weight loss a full abdominoplasty is necessary to achieve the desired results. Of course, there are downsides (including a longer scar and probably a longer recovery time) but for most patients the benefits outweigh the downsides. It is not unusual to see patients who've had mini tummy tuck  surgery present for  revisionary surgery. 

I hope this helps. 

Mini tummy tuck

Dear Cindy,
   Mini tummy tuck is not a very common surgery because most of  women after pregnancy have lax skin and muscle from the chest bone to the pubic bone. So , mini TT on the average woman will be an un attractive compromise. Usually mini tummy tuck is done on young women with muscle weakness of the lower abdomen or after full tummy tuck, as a correction when the lower abdomen result is less than perfect.  Mini tummy tuck involves only the lower abdomen below the belly button - skin and muscle tightening.  Consult with board certified plastic surgeons who have lots of experience with tummy tuck surgery and can give you the right recommendation and good result.
             Best of luck,
                                    Dr Widder

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