What is a mini-abdominoplasty? Patients who have a small amount of loose abdominal skin accompanied by laxity or separation of the abdominal muscles are good candidates for a mini-abdominoplasty. Loose skin is removed and abdominal muscles tightened through a short, low scar just over the pubic area.
The abdominoplasty is a common component of a mommy makeover and is frequently combined with breast enhancement and liposuction:
- Breast augmentation (augmentation mammaplasty). Patients with redundant abdominal skin who desire larger breasts, or a more rounded shape to the upper part of the breast may choose to undergo breast augmentation.
- Breast lift (mastopexy). Patients with excess breast skin and downward-pointing nipples may wish to consider a breast lift or mastopexy to raise the breast tissue and nipples to a more youthful position.
- Simultaneous breast augmentation and breast lift (augmentation mastopexy). Some patients may benefit from additional breast volume, tightening of the breast skin, and repositioning of the nipples to a more youthful position. This may be best achieved with both a breast lift and a breast augmentation at the same time, or an augmentation mastopexy.
- Liposuction. Removal of fat from the sides, thighs, back and buttocks with standard tumescent liposuction, ultrasonic-assisted liposuction, or SMART laser-assisted liposuction provides a nice complement to refinement of the abdomen with an abdominoplasty.
Combining abdominoplasty with other procedures can be performed efficiently and safely. Click here to read Dr. Tenenbaum’s article on combining breast surgery and abdominoplasty.
Click here to view a video on mini-tummy tuck surgery.
Anesthesia: A mini-abdominoplasty is usually performed with the patient under general anesthesia.
Length of procedure: 60 to 90 minutes.
Estimated recovery time: You can return to work after 10 to 14 days and should avoid vigorous activities for 3 to 4 weeks. Visible bruising should clear up within 1 to 2 weeks, and swelling begins to resolve within 3 weeks. To learn how to prepare for a mini-abdominoplasty and what to expect afterwards, click here to download our patient instructions for abdominoplasty.
Side effects: Common side effects include bruising, swelling, a few spitting sutures, and some numbness, itching, and spasm of the abdomen. Drain tubes lasting 5 to 10 days are placed, and you will be required to walk gently flexed at the waist for about 5 days after surgery. An injectable blood thinner called Lovenox® is generally used for 5 to 10 days after surgery to prevent blood clots. Click here to download a detailed consent form from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons that lists the risks and benefits of abdominoplasty.
Before-and-after photos of tummy tuck results: Click here