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Dr. Tom Pousti
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Mini Tummy Tuck (Overview)

A mini tummy tuck involves a short incision, less skin removal and muscle tightening below the belly button. Almost all patients who have had a pregnancy require a full tummy tuck.


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How painful is a mini tummy tuck?

How painful is a mini tummy tuck?

Mini TT - Min Pain: Not very painful especially if it is a "skin only" mini tummy tuck instead of muscle tightening as well. Exparel is a long acting local anesthetic that can be placed during surgery and lasts 3-4 days. ...Read more

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Dr. Tom Pousti
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Mini Tummy Tuck (Overview)

A mini tummy tuck involves a short incision, less skin removal and muscle tightening below the belly button. Almost all patients who have had a pregnancy require a full tummy tuck.


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What gets cut out in a mini tummy tuck?

What gets cut out in a mini tummy tuck?

Not Much: Only a very small amount of skin and adipose tissue of the very low abdominal wall is removed during mini tummy tuck surgery. This is why most patients who have undergone pregnancy and/or significant weight gain/loss are not a good candidates for this procedure. Results tend to be minimal. Most patients are better candidates for full tummy tuck operations. ...Read more

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What makes a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck?

What makes a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck?

Limited laxity.: A mini adominoplasty is for those with limited laxity of the abdominal wall and soft tissues as well as rectus diastasis or splaying of the rectus muscles that is limited to the infero-umbilical area (below your belly button). This procedure has a much smaller scar typically similar to a c-section type of scar. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: mini tummy tuck?

What is the definition or description of: mini tummy tuck?

Lower abdomen: A mini tummy tuck involves a short incision, less skin removal and muscle tightening below the belly button.
Almost all patients who have had a pregnancy require a full tummy tuck. ...Read more

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How do I know if I need a mini tummy tuck or a full tummy tuck?

How do I know if I need a mini tummy tuck or a full tummy tuck?

See video 4 answer: There are at least 10 different types of tummy tucks (witch hazel) and the procedure you undergo will have great impact on the extents surgery as well as the recovery. Please see this link for a desription of the four most popular techniques: http://www. Youtube. Com/watch? V=djmer5b5bx4;feature=youtube_gdata_player
in the photo to the right, the amount dof skin removed is demonstrated. ...Read more

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Mini tummy tuck is different from a regular tummy tuck in what way?

Mini tummy tuck is different from a regular tummy tuck in what way?

Upper vs. Lower: A mini-tummy tuck will not address looseness of the upper abdomen, only the skin below the belly button. It is still surgery, usually done with general anesthesia, so it should not be thought of as a less invasive procedure. There are still surgical risks which is why you should make sure to discuss this, or any plastic surgery procedure, with a board-certified plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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What's the difference in recovery time between a tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck?

What's the difference in recovery time between a tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck?

About half.: The recovery time of a mini tummy tuck is about half the time of a full tummy tuck (time painkillers required, time to return to exercise, time for swelling to be gone). ...Read more

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What is the difference in recovery time between abdominoplasty and a mini tummy tuck?

What is the difference in recovery time between abdominoplasty and a mini tummy tuck?

A few weeks: A standard tummy tuck takes 2-12 weeks to recover to full activity due to the work done to tighten your muscles. A mini tummy tuck may only involve skin, which is less recovery and less pain overall. However, most women need more than a mini tummy tuck. ...Read more

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How much is a mini tummy tuck? I really want to get a mini tummy tuck, but am not sure I can afford it. What is the average cost? .

How much is a mini tummy tuck? I really want to get a mini tummy tuck, but am not sure I can afford it. What is the average cost? .

Cost of Tummy Tuck: Each office / surgeon differs with how pricing is determined depending on if surgery is performed in an office setting vs. Hospital setting, surgeons experience, nurse anesthetist vs. Md., etc. I have pricing ranges on my website and I believe others do as well. Ultimately, pricing will depend on your physical examination and exactly what needs to be performed and who performs your surgery. ...Read more

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Does insurance ever cover a mini tummy tuck? Under what conditions, if any, does insurance ever cover part or all of a mini tummy tuck? .

Does insurance ever cover a mini tummy tuck? Under what conditions, if any, does insurance ever cover part or all of a mini tummy tuck? .

Typically not: A mini-tummy tuck is usually a cosmetic procedure. If there is a medically necessary reason why you need the skin removed, such as infections under the skin, then panniculectomy can sometimes be covered by your insurance company. ...Read more

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What are the limitations of a mini tummy tuck? What are some realistic expectations I should have about the outcome of a mini tummy tuck? .

Many Limitations.: In my opinion, the mini tummy tuck is an  operation that  produces very limited results and is very rarely indicated. It involves a shorter incision but does not address the majority of the abdominal wall issues present for most patients who present consultation. For example, the area of skin excised is quite small and the abdominal wall muscle “repair” is limited also. ...Read more

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Where is a good place to get a less expensive mini tummy tuck? Are there other countries where I can safely get a very inexpensive mini tummy tuck? .

Where is a good place to get a less expensive mini tummy tuck? Are there other countries where I can safely get a very inexpensive mini tummy tuck? .

Cheap can be deadly!: What happens if you get an infection or dead tissue and you're stuck in a foreign country, or even worse, back home and your surgeon is nowhere to be found! Secondary surgery and time off costs way more than getting the correct surgery here, and who says a "mini" is even appropriate for you? The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten! ...Read more

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What is the difference between a tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck? I don't know if I need a mini tummy tuck or a full tummy tuck. What are the differences? .

What is the difference between a tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck? I don't know if I need a mini tummy tuck or a full tummy tuck. What are the differences? .

Although: Although the two procedures have a similar name, they differ in the amount of skin removed, the amount of muscle work performed, and the final incisional scar.

The mini tummy tuck treats the minor pouching out of the lower belly caused by stretching of the lower abdominal muscles. It is primarily a muscle tightening procedure. The tummy tuck treats two conditions: a muscle separation above and below the belly button; and excessive or loose skin in the belly. It is really two operations, a muscle repair and a skin excision. ...Read more

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When will I be able to exercise after a mini tummy tuck? I can’t imagine going long without working out. How long after my mini tummy tuck do I have to wait before going back to the gym? .

When will I be able to exercise after a mini tummy tuck? I can’t imagine going long without working out. How long after my mini tummy tuck do I have to wait before going back to the gym? .

Depends: The timing of exercise after surgery depends on the actual procedure performed and the postoperative period.
Generally speaking light exercise after 3-4 weeks, any strenous activity should not be for 6 weeks. ...Read more

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How safe is the mini tummy tuck surgery?

How safe is the mini tummy tuck surgery?

Safe for Most: A tummy tuck is a safe procedure for a healthy patient. There are other factors that are important such as having a fully trained plastic surgeon do your procedure and appropriate physicians overseeing your anesthesia and postoperative care. ...Read more

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Will a mini tummy tuck remove stretch marks?

Will a mini tummy tuck remove stretch marks?

Yes but limited: Stretch marks located on the lower half of your bebelow rom 4 inches below the umbilicus to the pubic hair line will be removed. ...Read more

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Does a mini tummy tuck remove stretch marks or not?

Yes: A mini tummy tuck will remove the stretch marks that are inside the margin of tissue removal. Stretch marks outside of this area will remain. ...Read more

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Is the mini tummy tuck worth it for a skinny person?

Is the mini tummy tuck worth it for a skinny person?

Mini-tuck: Mini-results: A mini-tummy tuck is occasionally a helpful procedure, but most patients would benefit much more from a full tummy tuck. A mini tuck only tightens skin and muscle below the belly button, not above, and cannot tighten even the lower abdomen as much as a full tummy tuck. It's useful for thin patients who may have some lower abdomen muscle bulging with good skin, or with a slight lower tummy "pooch" or skin overhang. A board certified plastic surgeon can best advise you after performing an examination. ...Read more

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How do I decide if I should get lipo or a mini tummy tuck?

It depends: Both are body contouring procedures. Liposuction is generally intended for focal areas of adiposity. Tummy tuck addresses both focal adiposity and sagging skin. ...Read more

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Is a mini tummy tuck a major surgery and how much do it cost?

Is a mini tummy tuck a major surgery and how much do it cost?

Yes: A tummy tuck, like most plastic surgery is still major surgery. But there are different grades of "major" surgery. Heart surgery or a transplant is much traumatic to your body then a tummy tuck or breast augmentation. A mini usually is a smaller incision with less tissue removal +/- tightening of the muscle. It can be done in 1-2 hrs. Cost varies in the $4000-$1000 range depending on location. ...Read more

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Dr. Otto Placik
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Tummy Tuck (Definition)

A tummy tuck involves enhancing the appearance of the abdomen. In order to provide the best results there is skin resection, liposuction and muscle tightening ...Read more