This is less invasive than the traditional tummy tuck. The mini procedure produces a shorter scar in the bikini line and no scar around the belly button.
This surgery still allows for the tightening of your six-pack muscles. Patients may wonder if a full or mini tummy tuck is the right procedure for them. The main consideration is how much skin needs to be removed. If you have a lot of extra skin that needs to be removed, then a full tummy tuck is probably your best option. If you have only a little extra skin with good natural elasticity, and tightening the muscles will give you the primary improvement, then you might be a good candidate for the mini tummy tuck.
Unfortunately, the decision between full versus mini is not just patient preference. You should never compromise your result to get a shorter scar if it means you will end up with a bad shape. Dr. Papanicolaou performs many tummy tucks, and it is one of his areas of specialization. Since everybody is a little different, he can help to determine which procedure is best for you during your consultation visit.
Extended Tummy Tuck
An Extended Tummy Tuck is a more extensive version of the standard option that reaches beyond the tummy to the hips and sides of the lower back. A horizontal incision is made across the lower abdomen that extends around the hips. A vertical incision may also be required depending on the size of the treatment area.
During surgery, slack abdominal muscles are tightened, tissue and excess skin from the abdominal and flank regions are removed, and the skin is resecured. As with a standard tummy tuck, repositioning the navel is typically required. Recovery takes longer than a standard tummy tuck due to the longer incision and more extensive tucking. Expect two to three weeks of recovery time, at a minimum.
This technique is best for adults who have had significant weight loss, excess skin, a flabby abdomen, or those who find difficulty slimming down their love handles or back fat regions.