All That You Need to Know About a Mini Tummy Tuck

Also called a mini abdominoplasty, a mini tummy tuck surgery does the same job as a full abdominoplasty but is less invasive.

The procedure targets specific areas, especially the fat under your belly button. It is said to be suitable for people :

  • struggling to fight weight
  • who are in a healthy weight range but with some extra fat or skin around the tummy that can be difficult to get rid of with only diet and exercise.

Most people can be a candidate for the process but you may have to undergo some tests to ensure it is the right option for you.

Your doctor may also ask you to stop smoking, reduce alcohol consumption, and refrain from consuming certain drugs at least a few days before your appointment.

How Does a Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure Work?

Mini Tummy Tuck purpose is to lower the abdomen and eliminate the pooch usually found in the lower belly.

The procedure is straightforward and may involve the suturing of the muscles in your lower abdomen. The suturing, however, is not visible from the outside. In case of excess skin, it is trimmed and laid flat. This is why you may also see a reduction in your stretch marks, based on where they’re placed and how much skin is trimmed.

Some patients may require more procedures including liposuction. It is typically required when there is excess fat.

Here’s how it works:

  • Your doctor will make an incision – between 4” to 8” long – to your lower abdomen. The incision is as big as a C-section scar.
  • If you have had a C-section or any other similar surgery, your doctor may use the same incision to perform the procedure. However, the new incision might be slightly longer.
  • Your doctor may remove excess skin and tighten loose muscle to give you a flatter lower stomach.

What Are the Benefits of the Process?

As explained earlier, the procedure is meant to help people lose weight around the abdomen and hips.

Weight loss comes with several benefits. It helps people feel lighter, better, and happier. Plus, it is also good for your overall health as excessive weight gain can result in health issues including a higher risk of cardiac issues, hypertension, and depression.

Moreover, weight loss is also linked to increased self-esteem as it allows people to wear what they want to and look the way they wish to.

Since puppy fat or weight gain after pregnancy is common, a lot of new mothers opt for this procedure to look the way they did pre-birth of their child.

While there are several ways to achieve similar results, such as a full tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck is said to be one of the best options as it is not only more affordable but also less invasive, easier to recover from, and more reliable with fewer risks.

Some reports suggest that a mini abdominoplasty can also help control blood pressure and blood sugar level.

Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery: Post Operatively Care

The process takes about two to three hours to complete and you may have to spend the night at the hospital. There might be some swelling and soreness right after the procedure.

Your doctor will offer some mini tummy tuck recovery tips on how to care for your body for the next few weeks. You might be asked to avoid performing certain tasks that could damage your new stomach or stitches.

Some medication may also be provided, especially for pain. The mini tummy tuck recovery period can be between six to seven weeks depending on factors such as your overall health and age. During this period, you might be required to wear a special compression garment and come for a few visits.

Mini Tummy Tuck – Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about a mini tummy tuck:

What does mini tummy tuck remove and from where?

The process removes excess skin and fat from around the abdominal area. It also includes muscle tightening and can be used to get rid of stretch marks and make abdominal muscles more prominent by improving abdominal skin.

Does the process hurt?

You will feel little to no pain during the process due to the use of general anaesthetic.  Speak about it with your surgeon as the type or amount of anesthesia used depends on the age and pain tolerance of the patient.

Does insurance cover the process?

No, your insurance will not cover the process since it is an elective surgery that is mainly performed for aesthetics.

Will there be a scar after the process?

The process, used to remove excess fat, may leave a scar that can be removed by undergoing surgery or using a variety of other treatment options. A mini tummy tuck scar is at the site of the incision, which is usually  below the bikini line, hence not very visible when you’re wearing swimwear or underwear.

In most cases, the mini tummy tuck scar after 1 year will begin to fade, especially if you treat it using creams or other such options.

Will the process change my belly button?

The process is like body contour but it will not change your belly button; however, a full tummy tuck does impact the belly button. If you have concerns then discuss the issue with your surgeon.

Are results from a mini tummy tuck permanent?

Results are permanent, barring pregnancy or weight gain. The process doesn’t require follow ups but your doctor may ask you to stick to a healthy diet and exercise routine. A small amount of fat will not matter much but if you continue to gain weight, results will eventually disappear.


When a person decides to go in for a mini tummy tuck, there is a feeling of uncertainty. And here is where computer simulations come into play, since they let you see a before & after result. Recent progress in photographic software allows the patient to get an idea of what the final result will be. What surgeons aim to achieve after the surgery.

Computer simulation is done with the purpose of getting surgeon and patient to agree on the result they want to obtain. But the computer simulation should in no way be considered as what the final result will be.

Undoubtedly the surgeons and the patients are the most interested in getting the desired result. But we should not forget that the plastic surgery involves working with living tissue. Changing the appearance of something specific on the computer is a matter of seconds. However, the computer doesn’t take into account the quality of the tissue, the thickness and the age of the skin.


Mini Tummy Tuck cost depends on many factors as the quantity of fat and skin to reshape, and the surgery time.

Without meeting the patient we don’t offer approximate prices as each patient is a different case. But we know that the economic factor is important when it comes to making a decision.

Therefore, we offer the possibility for the patient to come to our facilities for a first free no-obligation visit. You can consult with the surgeon regarding all your doubts and worries. According to your characteristics, we will offer the best solution and the best price for your mini abdominoplasty.


With more than 20 years of experience, Doctor Benito is a renowned specialist in abdominoplasty surgery combined with liposuction. This recently developed technique is called lipoabdominoplasty.

Doctor Jesús Benito is a recognised authority in Spain in plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.

Doctor Jesús Benito: Bibliography & Publications:

Elective, Non-urgent Procedures and Aesthetic Surgery in the Wake of SARS–COVID-19: Considerations Regarding Safety, Feasibility and Impact on Clinical Management. Kaye, F. Paprottka, R. Escudero, G. Casabona, J. Montes, R. Fakin, L. Moke, T. Stasch, D. Richter, J. Benito-Ruiz. Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2020 May

27th International Congress of the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES) Sevilla, Spain, 12–15 June 2019 Surg Endosc. 2019; 33(Suppl 2): 485–781. Published online 2019 Sep 13.

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    Ronda del General Mitre, 84, 08021 (Barcelona, Spain)

    Nearest Metro Stations: Les Tres Torres / La Bonanova

    Cosmetic and plastic surgery in Spain | AGB | Dr Jesús Benito
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