What is a mini Tummy Tuck?

A mini Tummy Tuck or mini Abdominoplasty involves a lesser version of the full operation and so the scar is much shorter, usually more resembling a Caesarean Section scar in terms of the length. It is best used when the majority of the concerns about the tummy are sited below the belly button or umbilicus. The umbilicus acts as a limit on what can be achieved higher up above the belly button but it can involve tightening of the muscles lower down in the tummy. More recently, there have been advances to the mini operation where more improvement can be achieved via endoscopic or keyhole techniques or by detaching the belly button to allow access more superiorly, and then suturing the belly button back in place.

The tummy is often seen as a problem area, as it can be difficult to tone up, particularly as you age. Women, in particular, can find this difficult as childbirth causes the abdominal muscles to stretch and separate. An abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure aimed at removing excess skin, small amounts of resistant fatty tissue and tightening up the abdominal muscles. The procedure is suitable for men and women who are at or near their ideal body weight.