What is a mini abdominoplasty?

Dr. Luke Cusimano, FACS

What is a mini abdominoplasty?

Jun 20, 2023 | Blog

A mini tummy tuck, also referred to as partial abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that reshapes the abdomen by targeting localized excess fat and loose skin below the belly button. If you might be interested in this procedure, this article is everything you need to learn more about your suitability, potential benefits, the recovery process, and more. 

What is Mini Abdominoplasty?

Unlike a full abdominoplasty procedure that addresses more significant cases of abdominal laxity, excess skin, and fat – a mini abdominoplasty is the procedure of choice for milder cases. The surgery involves a smaller incision that is typically located above the pubic area and results in a less noticeable scar compared to a full tummy tuck. This targeted approach allows for the removal of a smaller amount of excess skin and fat, providing patients with a more refined and toned lower abdomen.

Am I a candidate for a mini tummy tuck?

You may  be a suitable candidate for a partial abdominoplasty if you:

  • Are in good overall physical and mental health 
  • You wish to address excess skin and localized fat below the belly button.
  • Are looking to resolve mild muscle separation or weakened abdominal muscles
  • Do not require significant skin or muscle tightening 
  • Have realistic expectations about the outcome of this surgery 

Mini tummy tuck procedure

Dr. Cusimano follows the following process to ensure a thorough and successful partial abdominoplasty outcome. 

  • Preoperative Consultation

The initial step towards your mini tummy tuck in Baton Rouge is to attend a one-on-one meeting with Dr. Cusimano. The surgeon will thoroughly review your medical history and perform a physical examination. He’ll also ask questions to help understand your specific needs and concerns. The initial consultation enables the surgeon to evaluate potential risks and complications to ensure your safety and well-being throughout the surgery and recovery experience.

  • Administration of Anesthesia

Partial abdominoplasty may be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. The choice of anesthesia depends on your individual case and the recommendation of your surgeon. Dr. Cusimano’s office will help select the most suitable option based on your medical history, personal preferences, and the complexity of the tummy tuck.

  • Incision and Tissue Reshaping

A small horizontal incision is made just above the pubic area. The surgeon will then use this opening to carefully remove excess skin and excess fat in the area to the south of the belly button. This phase of your partial abdominoplasty focuses on enhancing the contour and appearance of the abdominal region. Dr. Cusimano will then redrape the remaining skin to achieve a smoother and more aesthetically pleasing result.

  • Closure and Dressing

Once the desired reshaped has been completed, the next step is to carefully stitch the incisions. Drains may sometimes be inserted to prevent fluid buildup during the initial healing phase. A compression garment may also be applied to support the healing process, reduce swelling, and support the abdominal region during recovery. 

Mini tummy tuck recovery

The initial recovery phase after a partial abdominoplasty typically lasts around 1-2 weeks. During this period, you’ll be asked to prioritize rest and limit activities to allow your body to heal properly. Keep in mind that you may experience some degree of pain, discomfort, and swelling following this procedure. The surgeon’s office will provide some medication to alleviate these side effects. It is important that you adhere to your surgeon’s specific instructions to ensure a smooth recovery. 

Results and Considerations

A partial abdominoplasty often yields a variety of positive outcomes if you are looking to enhance your abdominal contour. This treatment helps reduce lower abdominal protrusion and creates a flatter, more toned tummy. One key advantage of a mini abdominoplasty is that the resulting scar is typically shorter and located lower on the abdomen compared to a full abdominoplasty. Keep in mind that specific results of this procedure will vary from person to person based on factors such as skin elasticity and body weight fluctuations. Dr. Cusimano recommends that you maintain a healthy lifestyle and practice weight management to preserve the outcome of your surgery.

Learn more about the mini tummy tuck

If you’d like to learn more about the mini tummy tuck and whether it is the right procedure option for you, get in touch with Dr. Cusimano’s office today.