Updated December 2, 2020
Mini Tummy Tuck
Mini Abdominoplasty – Fort Worth, Texas
Is a stubborn area of stretched, sagging skin and fat on your lower belly keeping you from feeling comfortable and confident in swimsuits or other form-fitting clothing? Pregnancy, aging and genetics are common culprits behind a belly “pooch,” and unfortunately, diet and exercise are often ineffective in helping to get rid of it!
If you are bothered by the appearance of your lower abdomen, a mini tummy tuck with Dr. Emily Kirby may help you get the results you want with a relatively short recovery. To help patients better manage postoperative pain, Dr. Kirby now offers TAP blocks to her Fort Worth tummy tuck patients.
All about mini tummy tuck surgery in Fort Worth
- What is a mini tummy tuck?
- Am I a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck?
- Where will my incisions be?
- What kind of anesthesia will I have?
- How long will my surgery last?
- What are the risks?
- How do I prepare for surgery?
- What is the recovery time for a mini tummy tuck?
What is a mini tummy tuck?
A modified version of the abdominoplasty, a mini tummy tuck removes excess, sagging tissue from the lower abdomen (below the belly button) to restore a firmer, flatter and slimmer silhouette. Depending on your needs, Dr. Kirby can also remove some stretch marks located below the belly button during surgery or even tighten mildly lax muscles.
Whenever possible, Dr. Kirby uses drainless tummy tuck techniques to achieve beautiful results with a quicker, more comfortable recovery. Read all about the benefits of a drainless tummy tuck»
Am I a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck?
A mini tummy tuck may be a great option if you are healthy and at a stable weight, without a large excess of abdominal skin. Typically, the best candidates are primarily concerned about loose skin or a protruding lower belly only—if you have significant stretched, sagging skin or muscles, a full tummy tuck may achieve better results.
Mini tummy tuck surgery is not a substitute for weight loss or a healthy exercise program. Although the results are lasting, the outcome can be influenced by changes in your weight following surgery. If you are planning substantial weight loss or if you are considering future pregnancy, you may be advised to postpone mini tummy tuck surgery.
Where will my incisions be?
The mini tummy tuck incision is much shorter than a traditional, full tummy tuck incision. This may be the only incision, and the belly button is allowed to “float” downwards to a new position without an additional belly button incision. Other techniques include a scar around the belly button. Incision placement is specific to your body and to your surgery, and Dr. Kirby will discuss the incisions with you prior to your surgery.
What kind of anesthesia will I have?
Mini-abdominoplasty, or “mini tummy tuck,” is performed under general anesthesia for optimal comfort. This means you will be asleep for the entire procedure.
How long will my surgery last?
If performed alone, a mini tummy tuck typically takes 2-3 hours. The procedure may be performed in combination with other procedures, such as liposuction or breast augmentation. Combination surgery will take longer.
What are the risks?
The decision to have a mini tummy tuck is personal and you will need to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable.
Possible mini-abdominoplasty risks include unacceptable position of belly button, unfavorable scarring, fluid accumulation, bleeding (hematoma), infection, wound healing problems, blood clots or fat clots, changes in skin sensation, skin discoloration, loss of the umbilicus, fat necrosis, asymmetry, recurrence of loose skin, deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications, persistent swelling in the legs, nerve damage, or suboptimal aesthetic result. Some problems may require revision surgery. Most complications are rare.
How do I prepare for surgery?
Prior to any procedure, it is necessary to review medications you are taking that may affect your surgery. You may be asked to stop or to adjust some medications you are on. As always, it is important to include supplements on your list of medications. Aspirin and aspirin products (Alka-Seltzer, Carisoprodol, Excedrin, Goody’s, Midol), anti-inflammatory medications (except acetaminophen, or Tylenol) and herbal supplements must be avoided for 2 weeks prior to your surgery. For more details about which medications and supplements to avoid, click here. Dr. Kirby will discuss your medications with you.
Depending on your medical condition, you may be asked to get lab testing or a medical checkup prior to your surgery.
Tobacco products impair your body’s ability to heal. You will be asked to stop smoking for 6 weeks prior to any surgery. Tobacco step-down products such as chewing gum and Nicoderm continue to provide your body with nicotine and must be stopped as well. Please ask Dr. Kirby if you will need assistance with quitting.
Be sure to arrange for a responsible adult to drive you to and from your surgery. You will need someone to stay with you for at least 24 hours following your surgery as well. If you are having an abdominoplasty in combination with another procedure, Dr. Kirby may ask you to stay overnight in the hospital following surgery. Dr. Kirby will discuss this with you prior to surgery.
You will receive specific instructions for your surgery day from Dr. Kirby’s office.
What is the recovery time for a mini tummy tuck?
After surgery, you should expect to have some soreness, swelling, bruising, and some temporary changes in sensation. Typically you can expect to return to work within 1-2 weeks after your procedure, depending on your occupation. You will not be able to return to strenuous activity, however, until 4-6 weeks following surgery. Gentle walking is encouraged starting the day of surgery. Soreness will likely last for several weeks. You will wear a fitted garment following surgery to help your body heal appropriately. You may have drains placed at the time of surgery that require management.
Stitches placed during your surgery will dissolve over time and will not need to be removed after surgery. You may also have skin glue or other skin tape and dressings placed at the time of surgery that will remain for a while post-operatively.
If your operation involves tightening the abdominal muscles, you will be asked to keep a slightly flexed position at the waist (walking slightly hunched over) for about 2 weeks after surgery. During this time you may want to place a pillow under your knees while in bed to keep the pressure off of your incision as it heals. Your abdomen will relax as part of the healing process after surgery.
Embrace® Scar Therapy for optimal healing & results
While a mini tummy tuck scar is shorter in contrast to a full abdominoplasty, Dr. Kirby understands that you want the least noticeable scar possible after surgery. Embrace scar therapy is an option that can help scars heal significantly fainter, thinner and flatter.
Embrace scar strips are flexible, comfortable, and breathable clear silicone tapes that gently contract around your incision to reduce tension, protect your healing incision, and provide an optimal healing environment. Embrace is FDA cleared and the only topical scar treatment clinically proven to improve scar formation.
We have had great success using Embrace; patients who use the strips as instructed have much thinner, lighter, and flatter scars than they expected following their tummy tuck.
Looking forward to your final results
It is important to remember that after a mini tummy tuck, you will not see the final result for several weeks to months, as it takes time for post-operative swelling to subside completely. Your “after” photographs will be taken about 6 months following surgery.