Tighten Your Stomach with Ease

Are you struggling with stubborn lower belly fat that won't budge despite diet and exercise? Our mini tummy tuck procedure can help address those lingering insecurities by tightening and sculpting your lower abdomen, helping you to attain the toned, flat stomach you've been working towards. At Higdon Plastic Surgery, we understand how dissatisfaction with your appearance can affect your overall well-being, and we're here to provide compassionate support and expert care to help you restore your confidence. Led by renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Kye Higdon, with many years of practice and experience as an Aesthetic Fellowship-trained plastic surgeon and fellowship director, we tailor treatment to your unique needs so you can feel confident you're receiving the exact care you need to achieve your goals.

What Is a Mini Tummy Tuck?

A mini tummy tuck, or mini abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to address excess skin and fat in the lower abdomen, particularly below the belly button. Unlike a full tummy tuck, which targets the upper and lower abdomen, a mini tuck focuses solely on the lower portion. This procedure is ideal for individuals with mild to moderate lower abdominal laxity who do not require extensive muscle repair. During the surgery, a small incision is made above the pubic area, through which excess skin and fat are removed, and the remaining tissues are tightened and repositioned to create a flatter, more contoured abdomen. The result is a more toned and streamlined appearance in the lower belly region. This is often combined with additional procedures, such as abdominal etching and Hi-Definition Liposuction, 360 Lipo, or other contouring procedures.

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The Benefits of a Mini Tummy Tuck

At Higdon Plastic Surgery, a mini tummy tuck, or partial abdominoplasty, offers a path to a sleeker stomach contour. Explore the benefits this procedure offers below:

Minimal Scarring

With smaller incisions compared to a full tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck typically results in less noticeable scarring, providing a more aesthetically pleasing outcome.

Faster Recovery

Due to its less invasive nature, patients undergoing a mini tummy tuck often experience shorter recovery times and can return to normal activities sooner than those undergoing a full abdominoplasty.

Focused Correction

Ideal for individuals with excess skin and fat, primarily in the lower abdomen, a mini tummy tuck focuses on specific problem areas, resulting in a more targeted and tailored outcome.

Improved Muscle Tone

Along with removing excess skin and fat, a mini tummy tuck can also tighten the abdominal muscles, improving abdominal contour and muscle tone.

Enhanced Self-Confidence

By achieving a firmer, flatter abdomen, patients often experience a boost in self-esteem and body image, leading to increased confidence in their appearance and overall well-being.

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Is a Mini Tummy Tuck Right for Me?

A mini tummy tuck may be the ideal solution if you're bothered by localized pockets of fat or loose skin in the lower abdomen. This procedure suits individuals close to their ideal body weight struggling with a small bulge or sagging skin below the belly button. Common candidates include women post-pregnancy or individuals who have experienced fluctuations in weight leading to stubborn abdominal fat or skin laxity. However, a personalized consultation at Higdon Plastic Surgery is the best way to determine if a mini tummy tuck is right for you. During this initial appointment, Dr. Higdon will evaluate your anatomy, discuss your goals and concerns, and tailor a treatment plan to address your needs and desired outcome.

What to Expect The Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure

Typically performed under general anesthesia, the mini tummy tuck begins with an incision made just above the pubic area, often smaller than that of a traditional tummy tuck. This incision removes excess skin, and weakened or separated abdominal muscles may be tightened to create a firmer, flatter abdominal contour. Unlike a full tummy tuck, which addresses the entire abdominal area, a mini tummy tuck focuses primarily on the lower abdomen, making it ideal for patients with localized fat deposits or mild skin laxity below the belly button. The procedure may also involve liposuction to further sculpt and contour the treated area. Once the necessary adjustments are made, the incisions are meticulously closed, leaving minimal scarring that can typically be concealed beneath clothing. The duration of the procedure can vary depending on the extent of correction needed but generally ranges from one to two hours. Throughout the process, Dr. Higdon prioritizes your safety and comfort and achieves natural-looking results that leave you confident in your skin.

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Mini Tummy Tuck Recovery

Following a mini tummy tuck procedure, you can expect a relatively shorter recovery period than after a traditional tummy tuck. While discomfort, swelling, and bruising are common in the initial days after surgery, these symptoms gradually subside within the first week. We typically advise patients to take it easy during the initial recovery phase, avoiding strenuous activities and heavy lifting for several weeks to allow the body to heal properly. Most individuals can return to light activities within a few days to a week. Still, it's essential to follow postoperative care instructions provided by Dr. Higdon to ensure optimal healing and results.

Compression garments may be recommended to minimize swelling and support the newly contoured abdomen during healing. As the swelling diminishes over the following weeks and months, you will notice gradual improvements in your abdominal contour, with final results usually becoming more apparent within three to six months post-surgery. Regular follow-up appointments with Dr. Higdon will be scheduled to monitor progress, address concerns, and ensure the best possible outcome. Our team is here to support you throughout your healing journey, so don't hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Why Choose Higdon Plastic Surgery?

At Higdon Plastic Surgery, we understand the emotional journey you're undertaking when contemplating plastic surgery, particularly a mini tummy tuck, which often follows a challenging path of diet and exercise that might have yet to yield your desired results. Whether dealing with the frustration of stubborn pockets of fat or the desire to regain confidence in your appearance post-pregnancy, we are here to help you overcome these struggles. With Dr. Higdon's extensive experience and expertise in body contouring procedures, including mini tummy tucks, you can trust that you're in capable hands. Our personalized approach ensures that your unique needs and concerns are addressed for results that align with your goals. From your initial consultation to postoperative care, our team is dedicated to providing compassionate support and exceptional results. Take the first step towards achieving the toned, sculpted abdomen you've always wanted, and schedule a consultation with Higdon Plastic Surgery today.

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