When Is a Mini Tummy Tuck a Good Option?

A woman doing sit-upsWeight loss has many benefits for your general health and wellness, though it can have some unforeseen consequences. Many people who lose a significant amount of weight wind up with loose skin around the stomach area. Only a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) can remove that loose, unwanted skin, giving you a flatter and better-looking tummy.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mark A. Deuber has performed many tummy tucks at his Dallas cosmetic surgery center. Yet there are different ways to tailor a tummy tuck to the needs of patients. Below, we’ll cover the basics of the mini tummy tuck and why it may be right for you.

How a Mini Tummy Tuck Works

A traditional tummy tuck involves an anchor-shaped combination of three incisions: a circular incision around the belly button, a lateral incision from hip to hip along the lower abdominal area, and a vertical incision along the lower curve of the stomach that connects the two previous incisions. Through these incisions, a plastic surgeon is able to revise underlying structures of the stomach, remove excess tissue, and pull the remaining abdominal skin tighter.

A mini tummy tuck involves just a single lateral incision along the lower abdomen. This incision need not span from hipbone to hipbone either. Through this much smaller incision, the necessary revision of the lower abdomen can be completed.

Only Minor Revision of the Stomach Is Necessary

The primary sign that a mini tummy tuck is the ideal treatment option is when only a minimal revision of the stomach is required. That means the loose skin of the abdomen is noticeable but localized and relatively minor. Eliminating just a little loose skin may be all that’s needed to give a patient the tighter, trimmer tummy that they’ve always wanted.

Common Reasons Patients Get a Mini Tummy Tuck

There are a few common reasons why a person would undergo a mini tummy tuck. We will consider each below.

Weight Loss

When you lose weight, your skin may not shrink back all the way around your slimmer frame. This is the nature of skin elasticity. The only way to get rid of that loose skin is to undergo a mini tummy tuck. If you’ve gone from being obese to a more ideal weight, chances are the you’ll at least need a mini tummy tuck.


Pregnancy and childbirth can have a major impact on your body contour. Loose skin and stretch marks around the lower abdomen are common. For mothers who’ve experienced only a slight amount of loose skin and abdominal sagging, a mini tummy tuck will be ideal. Additional body sculpting options can be discussed as needed, allowing mothers to experience a full mommy makeover.

The Effects of Age

As we get older, it’s common for skin to lose its suppleness and begin to sag. Fluctuations in weight and the effects of gravity could mean sagging and drooping around the lower abdomen, even for people who’ve been in good overall shape. A mini tummy tuck can get rid of that unwanted belly skin.

Candidacy for Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery

Here are some common qualities that make someone an ideal candidate for mini tummy tuck:

  • They have just a little loose abdominal skin
  • They have stretch marks around the lower abdomen
  • They are in good overall health
  • They understand the risks and benefits involved
  • They have realistic expectations about surgery and scarring

How Do I Learn More About Mini Tummy Tuck?

If you’re interested in a mini tummy tuck and wonder if it’s the ideal option for you and your needs, be sure to contact our trusted cosmetic plastic surgery center. Our team is here to help you.


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