What is The Cost of a Mini Tummy Tuck?
The cost of a mini tummy tuck performed by Dr. Bray typically starts at $6,999.
Recovery Period Following a Mini Tummy Tuck?
While recovery periods can vary by patients, mini tummy tucks take 1-3 weeks for bruising and swelling to subside. Most initial pain can be easily managed by oral medication prescribed by your doctor.
How Long Does it Take to Perform a Mini Tummy Tuck?
Depending on the amount of the cosmetic work needed, a mini tummy tuck takes roughly 2 hours to perform.
What is a Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck (partial abdominoplasty) combines the usual elements of a tummy tuck with skin excision and liposuction to help the patient obtain a thinner look with tighter stomach skin. It may not involve muscle or belly button work.
This procedure is designed for both men or women who are in relatively good physical shape and who have stubborn excess fat and skin that collects in their lower tummy area. It is also ideal for women who would like to remove the skin fold left after a c-section.
As it is a more moderate surgery, mini tummy tuck patients enjoy faster recovery time and lower risks of complications during the procedure and post-op.
Am I a Good Candidate for Mini Tummy Tuck?
There is no particular age restriction or specific trait that defines a “good” candidate for a mini tummy tuck. Most mini tummy tuck patients have some degree of lower abdominal skin laxity, with reasonably good muscle tone and belly button shape.
Being in excellent health, with no severe medical conditions can make the mini tummy tuck process more seamless. Suitable candidates should have realistic expectations and understand the full risks of the surgery.
Patients should only have a moderately thick layer of abdominal fat, as only a specific part of the abdominal skin can be removed. If patients require more comprehensive work, we often suggest a full abdominoplasty.
Mini Tummy Tuck Benefits
Not only is the recovery time of a mini tummy tuck shorter, but there is also significantly less scarring than its traditional counterpart!
This procedure is a cost-efficient way to address the needs of those who do not need the more extensive cosmetic work of a complete abdominoplasty.
Hides C-Section Scarring
Not only does Dr. Bray perform a mini tummy tuck that leaves his patients with an aesthetically pleasing abdominal contour, but he also hides the c-section scar!
No Repositioning of the Belly Button or Extensive Muscle work
The mini tummy tuck is perfect for those who don’t require further sculpting above the belly button or significant muscle work.
Mini Tummy Tuck Risks & Complications
Every procedure comes with a small chance of potential complications. Selecting a highly experienced, trusted tummy tuck surgeon is paramount to minimize the likelihood of complications. The team at Toronto Plastic Surgeons has years of experience performing mini tummy tucks. Significant complications are uncommon and, in the rare event they occur, are expertly managed.
- Unexpected scarring: The surgeon will take extreme care to meticulously place the incision in a well-concealed location, under the pant line, and through the pubic hair.
- Tissue damage: Fatty tissue in the abdominal area may become damaged. Quitting smoking decreases the excess risk.
- Long-term changes in skin sensation: While rare, some patients feel abnormal abdominal skin sensations post-surgery.
Why The Toronto Plastic Surgeons?
For over fifteen years, Dr. Peter Bray has been providing a full range of cosmetic plastic surgery and non-surgical transformations to the face and body. His unique, hands-on approach ensures that time and personal attention are taken to understand every patient’s goals in order to develop an appropriate course of treatment.
Dr. Bray uses the most innovative techniques to produce beautiful results with an emphasis on safety, comfort, and care. As such, he is Canada’s foremost authority on BodyTite liposuction. Unlike others in his field, he understands that beauty is not cookie-cutter but varies from patient to patient. No matter the procedure, he provides natural-looking results that last.
Mini Tummy Tuck Alternatives
A mini tummy tuck patient who is not the right candidate for surgery can respond well to modernized skin-tightening procedures such as the new Evolve Tite, Venus Freeze, and Forma Plus.
How is a Mini Tummy Tuck Performed?
At the Toronto Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Bray will perform your mini tummy under local anesthesia with IV sedation. Before your appointment, the best type of anesthesia to use will be determined based on your medical history and current prescriptions.
During the procedure, Dr. Bray will make an incision just above the pubic hairline, providing ample space to get rid of any excess fat and loose skin, but keep your scar hidden below the underwear line. While the incision marks are permanent, they fade and remain hidden wherever possible. Dr. Bray then tightens the skin and muscles to ensure that the results appear both natural and aesthetically pleasing.
Preparing for a Mini Tummy Tuck
Dr. Bray and the Toronto Plastic Surgeons will review your medical history and may recommend that you stop taking certain medications prior to your surgery date. It is also recommended that you follow a healthy diet and drink plenty of liquids before your surgery.
What to Expect Post Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery
Post-surgery, patients must be taken home by a friend or family member due to the anesthesia used during the procedure.
Dr. Bray and his team will recommend a thorough post-op care program that highlights the importance of abstaining from physical activity, alcohol, and smoking. Also, please note that mini tummy tuck patients will be required to wear a fitted compression garment for 3 weeks after the surgery.
Postoperative treatments with non-invasive skin tightening technologies – like the Evolve Tite, Venus Freeze, and Forma V – will amplify your tummy tuck results. These technologies are included in your mini tummy tuck program.
Mini Tummy Tuck Recovery
After the surgery: While discomfort is expected, it can be managed with prescribed medication.
Day 2-3: When moving, walk slowly and keep yourself slightly bent forward to prevent any damage to the incision.
Week 2: Patients can return to work.
Week 3: Patients may remove their compression garments and resume physical activity.
Week 6: Patients may return to strenuous activities, such as going to the gym.
Mini Tummy Tuck FAQ
Is Getting a Mini Tummy Tuck Painful?
The mini tummy tuck procedure will not be painful as local anesthesia is administered. While it is normal to experience bruising or swelling following the procedure, there is no extreme or long-term pain.
What Is the Difference Between a Mini Tummy Tuck and a Tummy Tuck?
Mini Tummy Tuck: Only tightens the skin of the lower abdominal, resulting in a shorter scar.
Tummy Tuck: This procedure tightens the skin of the abdominal wall, corrects the belly button, and tightens abdominal muscles, resulting in a standard scar. A full tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia.
How Long Does a Mini Tummy Tuck Last?
Tummy tuck results are intended to be permanent.
While it is typical for a small amount of fat to appear above the pubic scar, the unwanted fat that was not able to be removed during the initial surgery can be removed through liposuction.
General maintenance for the tummy tuck involves staying within the weight range, continuing with muscle building, and following a proper diet.