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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
131 doctors shared insights

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?

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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?

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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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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