A mini tummy tuck is a smaller version of regular abdominoplasty that can help one to achieve the flat, toned stomach they’ve always desired. After a minor weight loss or pregnancy, the stomach normally stretches, but for some women, the stretch is just minimal. In most cases, women with this mild stretch are able to achieve a tighter and flatter tummy with diet and exercise alone. However, Irvine cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Marguerite Bernett, suggests the mini tummy tuck for those who want the small "pooch" removed and/or tightened. This surgery uses a smaller incision and is not as invasive as a regular or full tummy tuck. The skin will be evaluated and the correct tummy tuck surgery will be recommended for the optimal result.
A mini tummy tuck is reserved for patients who have minimal skin stretching, sag, and small pockets of fat that they desire to have removed. Overall, the candidate should be in relatively good physical shape and good health, and have good skin tone. Patients who have moderate to excessive skin sag may need to consider a full or regular abdominoplasty procedure, which places the incision from hipbone to hipbone.
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"It is hard to put into words how very happy I am now that I have had the Mommy Makeover. After all of the exercising and dieting I did after my last pregnancy, the loose tummy skin and drooping, smaller breasts and stubborn fat, uhhh so frustrating. So with Dr. Bernett's s t outstanding treatment and very caring manner, I feel like a new person! There is no other way to describe it. I am happy being a mom of course even before the surgery, but now I am so very happy with my improved look : )"- Anonymous / RateMDs / May 31, 2015
"I feel like a new person after my Mommy Makeover! I recently was treated by Dr. Bernett, and I couldn't be happier. After my last pregnancy my body changed a lot, not only weight gain, also drooping breast and the loose tummy skin. I did a good amount of exercise and was careful with my diet, but the drooping, and loose skin did not improve much. Plus some areas of fat are just darned stubborn! Now that those trouble areas are lifted and tightened, I truly feel so much better. Dr. Bernett really took care of me and was careful and caring all the way. Everything looks great, and I am feeling so much better !!!"- H.M. / Wellness / May 30, 2015
"I am very happy with the procedures Dr. Bernett did for me. I had a face and neck tightening procedure which removed some fat and tightened my skin. As I am getting older, I also gained a little weight. My cheeks and chin were sagging, and I was getting a double chin. Now, I look ten years younger and feel better, too! I did a laser firming treatment for my entire face and my skin looks really beautiful. Several of my colleagues from work also went to see Dr. Bernett after they saw my results and were very satisfied. She is professional, very thorough and what I really love is that she takes her time and she cares."- M.N. / Yelp / Apr 22, 2015
"I went to Dr. Bernett to have my implants replaced with smaller ones and a lift. I was never fully happy with my first results 10 years ago and felt m ..."- J.C. / Vitals / Mar 12, 2015
What to Expect
Performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation, a mini tummy tuck typically takes under an hour to complete. A small incision, typically two inches or less, is made under the belly button and the excess skin is removed and the underlying tissue tightened. Sutures are used to close the incision, which typically nicely and can be concealed by undergarments.
Mini Tummy Tuck Recovery
A full recovery from this procedure can take up to 4-6 weeks and it varies as to when the patient can resume a regular exercise routine, but most patients ready to resume their activities in a couple of weeks. After surgery and recovery, patients will be able to show of their new toned and tightened midsection with confidence. Surgery results are considered permanent unless a major change in the body, such as an excessive weight gain or pregnancy.
Plan Your Procedure
Get A Tight Tummy Now!
A mini tummy tuck is a simple way to regain that tight and toned tummy you once had. Less invasive than a regular abdominoplasty procedure, this technique has less downtime and minimal scarring. If you believe you may be a candidate for this procedure, we invite you to call our cosmetic surgery practice for more information and to schedule your consult today.