Thanks to genetics, aging, significant weight loss, pregnancy, and other factors, a healthy diet and exercise may not be enough to remove the "pooch" from the lower stomach and reveal fully-toned and flat abs. At Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates in Oklahoma City, cosmetic surgeons Dr. Erik Nuveen and Dr. Courtney Caplin perform a modified abdominoplasty or mini tummy tuck that focuses on removing stubborn fat and loose skin from the lower area of the stomach. Since the treated area is smaller, the surgery requires a smaller incision than a full tummy tuck, plus patients typically recover faster from the minimally invasive mini tummy tuck. During the initial consultation at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates, Drs. Nuveen and Caplin will go over the patient's concerns and cosmetic goals before helping them decide whether a full or mini tummy tuck best suits their needs.
"Would give more stars if I could! Amazing group of people working here and very considerate, helpful, encouraging, and overall I had a even better experience than I could have ever expected. I'm very grateful for their opinions, timeliness, care, and most importantly my surgery outcome! Could not recommend a better plastic surgeon and staff!"- Anonymous / UCompareHealthcare / Nov 20, 2016
"Dr. Nuveen was amazing very happy with my results."- S.C. / Google / Jul 08, 2018
"Breast Augmentation - Dr. Caplin was wonderful. She was kind and professional, explained everything fully, asked me lots of questions to make sure she understood exactly what I wanted, and I was completely confident going into surgery that it would turn out like I wanted. Now, 6 weeks later, I have the exact results I wanted. I couldn't be more pleased. I would definitely recommend her!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Jul 05, 2018
"The entire experience was wonderful. Every staff member was friendly, professional, and went out of their way to ensure a great customer experience. Both procedures I had there went perfectly. I'd definitely recommend Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates!"- K.J. / Google / Jul 05, 2018
"Dr. Caplin was wonderful. She was kind and professional, explained everything fully, asked me lots of questions to make sure she understood exactly what I wanted, and I was completely confident going into surgery that it would turn out like I wanted. Now, 6 weeks later, I have the exact results I wanted. I couldn't be more pleased.I would definitely recommend her!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Jul 05, 2018
Techniques of both full abdominoplasty and mini tummy tuck can be very similar. However, a smaller incision is used with the mini tummy tuck as a smaller area is treated. Sometimes it also depends on the amount of loose skin that will be removed. Liposuction may be used with this surgery. During the procedure, excess skin is removed and the remaining skin and underlying tissues are pulled tight. The result is a flat and more toned belly. The belly button is unaffected with this surgery because it typically does not need to be repositioned. Scars will be minimal and mostly hidden by undergarments.
A mini tummy tuck is performed in an accredited surgical facility, under general anesthesia. The surgery typically takes between 1-2 hours. Patients are released from the hospital following this surgery. The recovery period can take up to 6 weeks; this is the clearance normally given to resume with strenuous activities and exercise. Patients report high satisfaction of their surgical results and love having a well-shaped, tighter abdomen. Results after a mini tummy tuck re permanent. However, pregnancy or unnecessary weight gain will compromise the results so it’s best to maintain a proper diet and regular exercise.
A mini tummy tuck can cost between $5,000to $7,000. Overall, it is less expensive than a traditional (regular) or extended abdominoplasty procedure.
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Mini Tummy Tuck FAQs
Patients who are candidates for a mini tummy tuck may also be candidates for liposuction as an isolated procedure. If loose skin is involved, however, liposuction will not be able to treat this. Liposuction is reserved for fat removal only. The only way to address loose skin is through a skin tightening procedure. A thorough assessment will be conducted during the initial consultation and the appropriate treatment plan recommended.
The mini tummy tuck procedure can be done even if a patient has an existing C-section scar. Typically, the incision made with a mini tummy tuck will be made just below the C-section scar. With this new incision, the loose skin is removed. The area will be pulled tight combining the two incisions into one. This new incision line will heal nicely and will be able to be concealed under bathing suits and undergarments.
Children Post Surgery?
We would advise a patient to delay the mini tummy tuck surgery if there are still plans of having children. This kind of treatment should take place after all pregnancies have been completed. The goal of any tummy tuck procedure is to tighten the abdominal wall. Pregnancy after a tummy tuck can compromise the surgical results.