Reasons to Consider a Mini Tummy Tuck

October 12, 2020 by Dr. Rastogi

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Pregnancy, weight loss and genetics are amongst the many reasons why pockets of stubborn skin and fat may accumulate around the abdomen. Oftentimes, this loose skin does not even respond to strict diet and exercise, preventing you from achieving the body of your dreams.

Luckily, you can say goodbye to stubborn fat and achieve a tighter, smoother abdomen with a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, procedure. If you have already begun your surgical journey by researching the procedure, you may have come across the term ‘Mini Tummy Tuck’. If you are wondering what this means, you have come to the right place.

A mini tummy tuck is a great way to reduce unwanted excess skin and fat in a far less invasive manner than similar procedures. If you have been considering an abdominoplasty to enhance your look, here are the reasons why you should consider a mini tummy tuck instead.

What is a mini tummy tuck?

Unlike a traditional, or full, abdominoplasty, a mini tummy tuck is better suited towards patients with good upper belly skin and muscle tone. Focusing on the lower abdomen area, a mini tummy tuck removes loose skin, excess fat and tightens underlying muscles. The result? A beautiful, smooth shape to the abdomen.

Potential candidates for a mini tummy tuck should be aware that this procedure doesn’t address areas towards the upper abdomen or at the hips. However, if you are quite fit, have no loose skin above the belly button, and are close to your ideal weight, a mini tummy tuck may be the better option for you.

In particular, women commonly seek mini abdominoplasty to:

  • Wear tight-fitting clothes and swimwear without feeling self conscious
  • Feel more confident and feminine
  • Restore the shape of their stomach after pregnancy or significant weight loss
  • Remove stubborn skin and fat that diet and exercise alone cannot resolve

The difference between a mini and full tummy tuck?

As mentioned, the main difference between these two procedures is that a mini abdominoplasty focuses only on the lower abdomen. With a full tummy tuck, an incision is made between the hip bones to remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen. A mini tummy tuck, on the other hand, is an attractive alternative, involving a much shorter incision, usually between 10-20 cm-long.

A full tummy tuck:

  • Removes excess skin and fat from the entire abdomen
  • Repairs loose muscles in all areas of the abdomen
  • Dramatically enhances and transforms the body

A mini tummy tuck:

  • Removes excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen
  • Tightens lower abdominal muscles
  • Leaves less obvious scarring
  • Requires far less recovery time

Is a mini tummy tuck right for me?

If your abdominal concerns lie below the belly button and you are only looking for a little refinement of the tummy, a mini abdominoplasty is the ideal solution. When compared to a full abdominoplasty, a mini tummy tuck has many benefits.

A mini tummy tuck has less scarring

Scarring is an inevitable part of cosmetic surgery and unfortunately cannot be avoided. However, as a mini tummy tuck does not address the entire abdomen, a smaller incision is needed, resulting in a smaller, more discreet scar.

Unlike scarring from a full tummy tuck, a mini abdominoplasty scar is much easier to hide. Dr Rastogi can place the scar in the bikini line, meaning that it will be completely hidden once healed. If your goal is to minimise scarring as much as possible, a mini tummy tuck may be the way to go - if you are a suitable candidate.

A mini tummy tuck has a quicker, easier recovery time than a full abdominoplasty

Patients usually want to get back to their normal lives as soon as possible after surgery. Once of the biggest benefits to a mini tummy tuck is that it has a much faster recovery time. As a less invasive procedure, a mini tummy tuck often translates to smoother, more comfortable healing. That means less time off work, less time looking after incision sites, quicker scar healing and minimal swelling.

If you are worried about being self-sufficient following your procedure, know that a mini abdominoplasty means returning to your normal activities, such as driving, exercising and lifting your children, much faster. This is a great relief to patients who cannot afford to take as much time away from their busy schedule.

A mini tummy tuck is an ideal procedure for mums after pregnancy

While a mini tummy tuck can be performed as a standalone procedure, it is often added to a Mummy Makeover. In particular, mums who have had a C-section can benefit greatly from the procedure. A mini abdominoplasty can remove the overhang of loose skin over a C-section scar, leaving behind smoother skin. Additionally, a mini tummy tuck is the ideal way to reduce the loose, stretched skin in the lower abdomen that often comes with giving birth. Given this, a mini tummy tuck is a favourite amongst new mothers.

A mini tummy tuck allows you to keep your original belly button


With a full tummy tuck, Dr Rastogi often needs to correct and reposition the belly button. As a mini tummy tuck only addresses the area between navel and pubic bone, there is no need to move the belly button during the procedure.

The belly button is the focal point of the stomach, and leaving it untouched will improve your abdominoplasty results considerably.

By leaving the belly button, the focal point of the stomach, untouched, the results of a mini abdominoplasty ultimately look much more natural.

Begin your cosmetic journey with Dr Rastogi

While a mini tummy tuck does not replace a traditional abdominoplasty, it can provide a beautiful, simple and effect way of treating the ‘in between’ patient. Dr Rastogi is known for his beautiful body contour work and is Sydney’s top mini tummy tuck expert.

Ready to begin your cosmetic journey with Dr Rastogi? Contact us today to schedule your mini tummy tuck surgery consultation.

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