What is a Mini Tummy Tuck?

A mini tummy tuck, also known as mini-abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to target excess fat and skin around the abdomen. This is a less invasive abdominoplasty procedure that focuses on contouring the area below the belly button. Some of the benefits of a mini tummy tuck include shorter surgery time, smaller incision and scar, and quicker recovery.

Am I a Candidate for a Mini Tummy Tuck? 

You may be an ideal candidate for a mini tummy tuck if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Have a small amount of excess skin and fat
  • Have good muscle tone
  • Are in good physical and mental health.

During your consultation, Dr. Arroyo will examine your abdomen and determine if a mini tummy tuck is right for you. It is important to let him know your aesthetic goals and use the time to ask any questions you may have. 

How the Procedure Works

During your mini tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Arroyo will make a horizontal cut below the belly button then use it to get rid of excess skin. Abdominal muscles will be tightened to achieve the desired contour, and the incisions closed. Keep in mind that belly button repositioning is not required during this procedure. He will apply bandaging to the treatment area, and you will be observed for a while before being allowed to go home for recovery.

Total Intravenous Anesthesia (TIVA) Sedation

During a mini tummy tuck, Dr. Arroyo uses Total Intravenous Anesthesia (TIVA) Sedation. This method allows the patient to breathe on their own without intubation during surgery. TIVA’s other benefits include less intravenous medication and none of the side effects commonly associated with general anesthesia, including nausea, pain, and vomiting. Before surgery, oral medication is administered to ease the patient’s nerves and assist with pain. Then an IV is administered for sedation to begin. Even before the surgery begins, you will be closely monitored by Dr. Arroyo’s staff to ensure you are comfortable and safe, as safety is always the number one priority.

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Mini Tummy Tuck FAQ

Mini tummy tuck vs full tummy tuck

Will scarring be noticible?

How long is recovery

How much is a mini tummy tuck?

Mini tummy tuck vs full tummy tuck

A (full) traditional tummy tuck aims to enhance the entire abdominal region’s appearance by getting rid of loose skin and tightening weakened abdominal muscles. In comparison, a mini tummy tuck addresses a ‘belly pooch’ that appears in otherwise slender patients. This less invasive procedure focuses on just the abdominal area below the belly button.

Will scarring be noticible?

Any time an incision is made into the skin, scarring is inevitable. Fortunately, one of the benefits of a mini tummy tuck is that scars are more minor than regular tummy tucks. Dr. Arroyo also uses his eye for detail to place the scars low on the abdomen, making them more inconspicuous.

How long is recovery

Any time an incision is made into the skin, scarring is inevitable. Fortunately, one of the benefits of a mini tummy tuck is that scars are more minor than regular tummy tucks. Dr. Arroyo also uses his eye for detail to place the scars low on the abdomen, making them more inconspicuous.

How much is a mini tummy tuck?

The procedure’s cost will depend on several factors, but most patients can expect to pay between $7,000-$10,000. During your initial tummy tuck consultation with Dr. Arroyo, the surgeon’s team will provide a cost estimate so you can arrange for financing.

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